Lot 15 of 373:
The Female Instructor, 1811  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$240
Estimate:
$300 - $500

Title:
The Female Instructor; or, Young Woman's Companion: being a guide to all the accomplishments which adorn the female character, etc.
Author:
Anonymous
Place:
Liverpool
Publisher:
Nuttell, Fisher & Dixon
Date:
c.1811
Description:

560 pp. Illus. with copper-engraved title page and 9 copper plates illustrating fables and table settings. 8x5", period tree calf, morocco spine label. 

The Female Instructor is a conduct manual that promises to teach its reader ‘all the accomplishments’ that will equip her to be a ‘useful member of society – a pleasing and instructive companion or, a respectable mother’ (title page). The first page of the index (p. 5) shows the range of the manual: it encompasses the emotional and the practical, offering advice on courtship and love, as well as asthma, bread-making and the safest methods for raising children. Other topics include education, etiquette, leisure, sensibility and marriage.

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Owner's name and date of 1838 to front pastedown, foxing to engraved title page. Very good.
 
Item number:
297568a
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