London: John Murray, 1850. First edition. Not in Sadleir. OCLC lists ten copies in North America. Intermittent light foxing. Contemporary owner's signature on title page of each volume. Lower board edges slightly rubbed and scuffed, else a bright, near fine copy. Quarter calf over marbled boards; spine in gilt, six decorative panels with title gilt stamped on green calf label. Marbled edges. Two volumes, twelvemo. xii, 492; xii, 510 pp. Item #16136
The Author has endeavoured, in the following pages, to trace the steps by which the power of self-control may be practically developed in a young and ardent mind when brought under the influence of high and noble motives; and further, to show how materially the happiness of the individual may be enlarged by turning it from the selfish indolence of pride to the active and habitual exercise of the faculties in the acquisition of useful and varied knowledge" (from the Advertisement in Vol. I).
Jane Haldiman Marcet (1769-1858) was encouraged from a young age in her curiosity and intellectual development by her parents, and enjoyed the same quality education as her brothers. In addition to writing stories for children and the working class, Marcet produced a series of works that were the most popularly used scientific texts for women and young people throughout the nineteenth century in both English and American classrooms. She played an important role in the history of women's education.