London: Printed for John Hawkins, and Sold by John Osborn, 1736. First illustrated edition. An unillustrated edition, translated by D. Bellamy, appeared in 1729. Though it is not clear from the title page, this is no doubt the Bellamy translation with added material by Nathaniel Gifford. Bellamy dedicated the book to Mrs. Martha Bellamy, governess of the Young Ladies Boarding School. There is an advertisement for Mrs. Bellamy's School following Gifford's Life of Fenelon. Text in two columns, one in French and one in English. Twenty-nine copper engraved plates by George Bickham, Junior; numerous headbands, tailpieces, and initial letters. Title page printed in black and red. Binding extremities lightly rubbed with some minor wear and scuffing to boards. Some intermittent light dampstaining to lower margins and minor foxing. Some light browning. Contemporary ink annotation on front pastedown. Contemporary armorial bookplate with ink signature on front pastedown. Twentieth century book label on front flyleaf. A remarkably fine, fresh copy. Full polished calf neatly rebacked with a gilt-lettered red morocco spine label. Octavo. , xxi, [+1, errata], [1, ad], 164 pp. Item #16210
Francois de Salignac de la Mothe Fenelon (1651-1715) was a writer, theologian and French Roman Catholic archbishop (ordained 1675). His Traité de l'education des Filles is the first systematic treatise on female education. He served as a tutor to the Dauphin's eldest son and composed the works Fables and Dialogues des Morts for him.
George Bickham (1704-1771) was an engraver and print seller whose output was varied and controversial. He attracted the government's attention, as his work was considered "obscene." Some of his prints are held in the British Museum, London. (Oxford DNB).