Geneva [New York}: John N. Bogert, 1840. First edition. Some foxing to ndpapers, as usual. Museum stamps and ink notation on front endpaprs. Some toning to title-page, small contemporary ownership signature on upper margin of title-page. Otherwise very clean nd fresh. A very good, bright copy of an uncommon book. Publisher's brown cloth, ruled and stamped in blind, gilt-lettered spine, expertly recased. Octavo. vi,, 408 pp. Errata slip tipped-in. Item #17025
Elizabeth Stryker Ricord (1788-1865) was an educator and philanthropist who founded the Geneva Female Seminary in New York in 1829. She served as the principal of the seminary, which focused on training teachers, from its founding until 1840., Since Ricord believed that women should receive an equal education to that of men, the courses she designed for the seminary formed a more rigorous curriculum than was typically offered to female students. The core of the program included courses in geography, math, history (ancient and modern), science (astronomy, botany, geology, natural history and chemistry), philosophy and psychology. Students could also take courses in modern languages,, classics, and art. The present work is based on the lecture notes that Ricord used for teaching mental philosophy at the Geneva Female Seminary. After leaving her post at the Geneva Female Seminary, Ricord moved to Newark, where she became involved with charity work and founded the Newark Orphan Asylum. Ricord was also the wife of Jean Baptiste Ricord (1777-1837) and mother of the author Frederick William Ricord (1819-1897) and lawyer and traveler John Ricord (1813-1861).
Lippincott, Kerry, “Mrs. Ricord’s Geneva Female Seminary,” Geneva Historical Society website (March 12, 2013).