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Elements of Morality trans. by Mary Wollstonecraft. 1795  

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Elements Of Morality: For The Use Of Children; With An Introductory Address To Parents. Translated From The German Of The Rev. C.G. Salzmann

Salzmann, Rev. Christian Gotthilf.


Carter & Wilkinson



306, [2] ad pp. Translated by Mary Wollstonecraft. 18x10 cm (7x4") period tree calf, red morocco spine label lettered in gilt. First American Edition.

The Elements of Morality was translated by Mary Wollstonecraft from Salzmann's Moralisches Elementarbuch, published originally in 1782. Scarce.

 In the preface Wollstonecraft explains that she started the translation merely as an exercise in German, only to discover that "chance had thrown in my way a very rational book, and that the writer coincided with me in opinion respecting the method which ought to be pursued to form the heart and temper, or, in other words, to inculcate the first principles of morality..."

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Ex Libris from The Denver Public Library; some wear and rubbing to calf with corners bumped, remnants of labels at spine and top of front cover; preliminary leaves lacking, frontispiece is mounted to rear pastedown, no other plates present; Denver library labels at front pastedown, ink stamps to title page, interior with toning and scattered foxing; good.

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