Boston: Hilliard, Gray, Little, and Wilkins, 1832/. First edition in English. We could not locate any previously published books by Peabody in the sources available to us; this appears to be her first published book. Spine fsded, some soiling to cloth. Edges untrimmed. Contemporary bookplate of the Library of the Newton Theological Institution to front pastedown. Foxing to endpapers and first two gatherings. A very good copy. Publisher’s blue-green cloth with paper spine label. Twelvemo. xxxii, , 211 pp. Item #17119
Joseph-Marie, Baron de Gérando (1772 – 1842) was a philosopher and philanthropist who founded schools, hospitals, and charitable institutions and wrote prolifically on those efforts. He influenced figures like Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Elizabeth Palmer Peabody (1804 – 1894) was an educational reformer, Transcendentalist, printer and bookseller, and a leading advocate for the kindergarten in the United States at the time. In 1860, she opened the first English-language kindergarten in the United States, which was located in Boston. Peabody and her sister, Mary Peabody Mann, authored Moral Culture of Infancy and Kindergarten Guide (1863), the first book on the kindergarten published in the United States. As a bookseller, Peabody operated her West Street Bookstore in Boston for over a decade. The bookstore was home to discussions organized by Margaret Fuller and attended by women’s rights activists like Caroline Sturgis and Maria White Lowell. Nathaniel Hawthorne had been a childhood friend of Peabody’s and, in the backroom of her bookshop, she printed and published several of Hawthorne’s works in addition to the works of other writers. She was also a pupil of Ralph Waldo Emerson and went on to become a founding member of the Transcendental Club and a manager of The Dial, the foremost Transcendentalist publication. American Imprints 12589.