A Book for Mothers; or, Biographic Sketches of the Mothers of Great and Good Men. Charlotte Eliza Sargeant.
A Book for Mothers; or, Biographic Sketches of the Mothers of Great and Good Men.
A Book for Mothers; or, Biographic Sketches of the Mothers of Great and Good Men.

A Book for Mothers; or, Biographic Sketches of the Mothers of Great and Good Men.

London: H.G. Collins, 1850. First edition. With descriptions of twenty women including Jemima Fourdrinier, mother of John Henry Newman; Sarah Taunton, mother of Isaac Watts; and Anne Donne, mother of Thomas Cowper. The descriptions are didactic and highlight the virtues of these women (mostly humility, kindness, and religious piety) and their teaching and nurturing of their famous sons. With an engraved frontispiece of the birthplace of William Cowper. Slight wear to head of spine. Otherwise binding is very attractive and clean. Pale yellow endpapers. Ink ownership stamps to front endpapers and top margin of title-page (J.P. Barrett). Light toning. A very good, tight copy of a scarce social history. Dark blue stamped in blind and in gilt. Twelvemo. 144 pp. Item #17116

We could not locate much information on Charlotte Eliza Sargeant (d. 1852). She was a Quaker author whose only other published book seems to be Self Reliance: A Book for Young Men, Being Brief Biographic Sketches of Men Who Have Risen to Independence and Usefulness (1852). Sargeant was the sister of Anne Maria Sargeant (1809/10 – 1852), who published poetry and contributed to the Chambers’ Journal and The Belle Assemblée, and Emma Sargeant (d. 1835), whose poem “The Motherless” is published posthumously at the end of the present work.

OCLC records only five physical copies, four in the UK (BL, Cambridge, Oxford, National Library of Scotland), and one at the University of Illinois. A Descriptive Catalogue of Friends’ Books. London: Joseph Smith, 1867. p. 879.

Price: $650.00

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