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Practical Education
Printed for J. Johnson, 1798, Hardcover (Half Leather), Book Condition: Very Good Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket, First Edition. a two-volume set neatly rebound in edge-tooled half-leather & brown cloth with 5 raised bands & gilt titles to black labels & with plain new end-papers. As a forerunner of Feminism, Anglo-Irish writer Maria Edgeworth occupies an important place in the history of women's writing. A pioneer of social realism, her novels represent a significant contribution to the literature of class, race and gender. Born at Black Bourton, Oxfordshire she spent her early years with her mother's family in England, until her mother's death when Maria was five & she joined her father at his estate in County Longford, Ireland. Two years later she was sent to schools in Derby & London but returned again to Ireland at the age of 14 & was was home-tutored in law, Irish economics and politics, science, and literature by her father. Maria Edgeworth strove for the self-realization of women and stressed the importance of the individual. She also wanted greater participation in politics by middle class women. Maria and her father, who held progressive ideas on education, particularly on the shortcomings of female education, began a lifelong academic collaboration as evidenced in this work which combines the ideas of Locke and Rousseau with scientific inquiry. Maria Edgeworth asserts that "learning should be a positive experience and that the discipline of education is more important during the formative years than the acquisition of knowledge." The system attempted to "adapt both the curriculum and methods of teaching to the needs of the child; the endeavour to explain moral habits and the learning process through associationism; and most important, the effort to entrust the child with the responsibility for his own mental culture." The ultimate goal of Edgeworth's system was to create an independent thinker who understands the consequences of their actions. Illustrated by b/w. 'Alphabet' plate in volume 1(page 45) & by two fold-out plates at the rear of volume 2. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 775 + 20 (index, corrections & errata). 2-volume set (complete). Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. very minor spotting to margins of a handful of pages & the plates. Previous owner's signature in ink at top of title pages in both volumes; also previously owned bythe National Liberal Club whose small stamp appears on title pages, plates & a few bottom margins of the text.. Top edge browned with age. slight rubbing to cloth at top of front cover volume two & a small bump to top edge of leather near spine. Includes index. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2-3 kilos. Category: Education; Pedagogy; Teaching; Feminist; 18th century; Women & Feminism. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 3200.
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