London: Printed for T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies, 1799. Third edition of More’s important work on women’s education, one of her best known and most important, published the same year as the first. Strictures proved immensely successful; a second “corrected” edition was soon published and it had reached a seventh edition within the first year. There are currently no copies of the first edition in commerce. Binding extremities a bit rubbed, slight soiling to boards, spines slightly worn. Light foxing, very faint dampstaining to lower and outer margins of a handful of gatherings in Vol. I. and faint staining to pp. 233-240 in Vol. II, not affecting legibility. Contemporary circulating library label on upper front pastedown of Vol. I that reads “sold by Thomas Dangerfield, No. 26 Berkeley Square, Bookseller and Stationer.” A very good copy. Original paper spine over boards, uncut, spines numbered in black. Two volumes, octavo. xix, [1, blank], 292; viii, [1, blank], 327, [1, publisher’s ads] pp. Item #16632
Hannah More was the most prolific and one of the most famous of the Bluestockings and the author of the poem “The Bas Bleu,” (1782), in which she saluted London’s female intelligentia. With her sister she ran a boarding school in Bristol. Under the patronage of David Garrick, she wrote a number of religious dramas, including The Inflexible Captive (1774) and Percy (1777), but after Garrick’s death in 1779, her interest in the theatre waned, and she wrote a series of prose works relating to the obligations of Christianity, particularly among the moneyed classes. More believed that the education of the upper classes was crucial because of their influence on society. Written in the vivacious style that made her popular, the book emphasizes the acquisition of factual knowledge by young ladies, with warnings against the “dangers arising from an excessive cultivation” of imagination and of the fine arts. The study of history, geography, and “accuracy in language” is not only worth while in itself, but of religious and moral benefit, helping to protect young ladies from the “dissipation an d the modern habits of fashionable life.”.