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Neale, Hannah] A Lady
Amusement Hall; or, An Easy Introduction to the Attainment of Useful Knowledge
Lang & Ustick, Philadelphia, 1796. Contemporary calf, completely unsophisticated. Some chipping to foot of spine; front joint splitting near crown but sound. Extremities a bit rubbed. Early gift inscription to front endpaper: "Rachel Pearson presented her by her sister L. Pearson 1799 March." Offsetting to pastedowns, but internally less foxing than is typical for the period. Collating [4], 102: complete, with Evangelical Review bound to front rather than rear, and with page 102 misnumbered 120 as called for by ESTC. A scarce example of children's educational literature being printed in the new Republic, authored by a woman. ESTC reports only 8 institutionally held copies, and only one copy appears in the modern auction record 40 years ago. The present is the only example on the market. During and after the Revolution, women had an opportunity to press and expand on their social roles, particularly as they related to education. "Women who had run households in the absence of men became more assertive.and enlightened thinkers knew that a republic could only succeed if its citizens were virtuous and educated" (U.S. History). Leveraging their roles as caretakers, many American women pushed for improvements in their own educations under the justification that they needed knowledge in order to properly instruct the next generation that would shape the new nation. "As in the case for abolition, changes for women would not come overnight. But education would lead to the emergence of a powerful and more outspoken middle class of women" (U.S. History). An early sign of this shift wa … [Click Below for Full Description]
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