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Letters on the Improvement of the Mind, Addressed to a Young Lady [With:] Miscellanies in Prose and Verse.
London: J Walter/ E.& C. Dilly, 1773-5. - Hester Chapone (1727-1760) was one of the Bluestockings. She was associated especially with Elizabeth Carter, and Elizabeth Montagu, to whom this work is dedicated, but was also a friend of Samuel Richardson, Frances Burney dÕArblay, and Gilbert White. She came to the attention of Samuel Johnson, who admitted four of her pieces to The Rambler. The publication of Letters on the Improvement of the Mind, (1773), a treatise on female education, brought her fame, if not fortune; she was paid £50 for it. She was paid five times that for Miscellanies in Prose and Verse, which included her early verses, moral essays, and ÒThe Story of Fidelia,Ó first published in The Adventurer (See the Linda V. Troost article in An Encyclopedia of British Women Writers). Three volumes, small octavo. viii, 200; [2], 230; xii, 178, [2, ads] pp. Lacking the half-title to Volume III. Uniformly bound in contemporary mottled calf. Gilt-decorated flat spines with black morocco labels. Binding extremities lightly rubbed, front joints of the first two volumes neatly repaired. Ink signatures of three early women owners. A very good, attractive set. Second edition of the first work, first edition of the second work. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Michael R. Thompson Books, A.B.A.A.]
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