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Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education. With a View of the Principles and Conduct prevalent among Women of Rank and Fortune. London: printed for T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies, 1799.
- First edition of a much-reprinted work by the Bristol bluestocking, Hannah More (1745-1833). More's difference from Rousseau over the nature of children is evident in passages like this: 'Is it not a fundamental error to consider children as innocent beings, whose little weaknesses may perhaps want some correction, rather than as beings who bring into the world a corrupt nature and evil dispositions, which it should be the great end of education to rectify?' 'For More, Mary Wollstonecraft was [also] a bete noire, about whom she exclaimed "Rights of Women? We will be hearing of the Rights of Children next!" More's commitment to moral education is evident in her campaign against moves to introduce atheistic education in schools and in her Strictures , which went through thirteen editions. Here her acceptance of the inferior status of women is expressed along with her insistence upon their moral supremacy - a forerunner of Victorian notions of womanhood Her insistence that the poor should remain so on earth, and be rewarded in Heaven, did not deter her servants from swindling her towards the end of her life. As a result she was forced to move to Clifton, where she died, leaving £30,000 mainly to charities and religious societies' (Marie Mulvey-Roberts in The Dictionary of Eighteenth-Century British Philosophers). 2 volumes, 8vo, xix, 274; vii, 322, [2] pp., original blue boards, rebacked, occasional light spotting, uncut, a pleasing set. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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