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Rudiments of Taste in a Series of Letters from a Mother to Her Daughters. To which are added, Maxims Addressed to Young Ladies
William Spotswood, Philadelphia, 1790. Contemporary calf with gilt to spine. Square and tight, measuring 120 x 75mm. Contemporary ownership signature of Rebecca Lincoln of Worcester to both endpapers. Small spot to title page. Light scattered foxing and toning throughout, although less than expected for an imprint of the time. Else clean and unmarked. Collating iv, 83, [84-86], 140: complete, including adverts and both titles. Nearly as scarce as the London first edition of the previous year (which has never come to auction and is reported at only 4 institutions), the present American first is listed only four times in the modern auction record (1976, 1983, 1989, and 2015) and is listed at only 7 libraries. It is the only copy on the market. A surprising mixture of conservative and progressive advice to daughters maturing into womanhood, Rudiments of Taste gives insight into a moment of cultural flux. Framed as a loving mother giving guidance to those female children she loves, it captures, in one sense, the constricted realities and socio-economic dependency of wife-and-motherhood. "Habituate yourself to that way of life most agreeable to the person to whom you are united.If he should prefer the country during your earlier years, a period when diversions are most attractive, it may first be painful; you may be sensible of your privation.Make choice then of such amusements as will attach him to your company; study such occupations as will render you of consequence to him--such as the management of his fortune and the conduct of his house.Should he be neglectful of his famil … [Cliquez ci-dessous pour une description complète]
Vendeur: Whitmore Rare Books, Inc. -- ABAA, ILAB [Pasadena, CA, U.S.A.]
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