London: Printed for Charles Knight, 1826. With a full-page “Juvenile Diary” chart (p. 143) for recording children’s misbehavior. Spine somewhat rubbed and faded. Front joint somewhat tender. Marbled edges and endpapers. Bookseller’s rubber stamp on front flyleaf and later ink signature to preliminary blank. Preliminaries slightly foxed. A very good, very clean and fresh copy of an uncommon book. Nineteenth century light brown calf with gilt borders. Spine with red morocco label and four raised bands. viii, 366, [2, ads] pp. Item #16848
The present work is a guide to educating girls in literature; geography; languages including Latin, Greek, Italian, and French; and more. One section details a curriculum for students aged four to twenty that includes lesson schedules and textbook lists including books by Jane Marcet, Maria Edgeworth, and Bluestocking Hester Chapone (pp. 131-138). Budden was strongly influenced by Edgeworth, Elizabeth Hamilton, and other women educators of the time. The title-page of the present work bears a quotation from Edgeworth: “If a mother has any skill in any accomplishment, she will, for the first years of her daughter's life, be undoubtedly the best person to instruct them.”.
In the preface, Maria Elizabeth Budden (née Halsey, ca. 1780 - 1832) notes that she wrote the present work in response to a gentleman who complained that the standard works on education were written by unmarried women and that he’ d be more likely to read them if their authors were married. Budden, the mother of three girls, presents the work as an experienced mother and states that she hopes it will prove useful to young mothers and governesses. OCLC records one copy in Japan, eight in the United Kingdom, and five in the United States.