London: Printed by W. M’Dowell for B. Crosby and Co., 1809. Third Edition. Includes a section by Ms. More (Hannah More?) criticizing contemporary female education, which was entirely focused on the arts. The first edition was published in 1803. Engraved frontispiece. Binding extremities worn or rubbed. Spine slightly toned with a few small chips and tears. A bit of dampstaining to rear boards and last few leaves, touching text but not affecting legibility. Light foxing and intermittent slight browning, the occasional minor marginal tear. A very good copy. Contemporary quarter green sheep over drab boards. Twelvemo. . iv, 104 pp. Item #16551
We were unable to find any information about the author of the present work with the resources that are available to us. The Elegant Preceptor is divided into five sections: morals (regulation of the passions, sensuality and temperance contrasted charity, sympathy, etc.). manners (i.e. true politeness, rules for propriety of behaviour, rules for conversation), amusements (i.e. exercise, the benefit of study, frivolous amusements censurable), accomplishments, and knowledge of the world (travel, conversation, irregular pleasures, error in the education of youth, a portrait of mankind, etc.). The writers referenced in the present work include Godwin, Chapone, Aiken, Edgeworth, and Wollstoncraft.