Philadelphia: Hogan & Thompson, 1839. Second edition. The first edition was published in 1836; we were unable to determine if there are any textual differences between the first and second editions. Engraved frontispiece; additional engraved title-page. Binding extremities very slightly rubbed. A few small chips and tears to cloth of rear board and spine. Light foxing, minor offsetting from frontispiece and engraved title-page. A very good, tight copy. Publisher’s patterned green cloth, front board lettered in gilt. Twelvemo. 288 pp. Item #16417
Charles Butler (1802-1897) was an entrepreneur, lawyer, broker, and philanthropist; he was known to frequent a popular New York intellectual salon. The American Lady is a work that is meant to serve as a guide for young ladies’ conduct. In the preface, the author writes, “Our standard of female character should…be elevated. It should require the basis of female education to be laid in religion, virtue, and knowledge…it should require the passions and affections to be regulated by Christian principle… “The summary of female duties presented in the following pages, has been formed upon these principles. It is…believed to be suited to the character and wants of the present enlightened age, and to the liberal institutions of our country. It is ardently hoped that the work may prove acceptable and useful to those for whose benefit it is intended” (pp. viii-ix).