19th C Conduct book. 3 vols in original publisher's binding

Jane West

Letters to a Young Lady in which the Duties and Character of Women are Considered Chiefly with a Reference to Prevailing Opinions, by Mrs West. In three volumes.

Published: 1811, 4th ed.


Publisher: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown. Author: Jane West (1758–1852). Mrs West was a novelist, playwright and poet, known for her improving conduct books for men and women, such as these “Letters to a Young Lady”, a companion piece to her “Letters Addressed to a Young Man”, published in 1801. Vol I: 444pp. This volume includes an address to the Queen and a 5-page prefatory poem, “To the Memory of Miss Maunsell”. As Miss Maunsell’s death, in 1808, occurred after the publication of the first three editions (in 1806), this must be the first appearance of this poem. Vol II: 514pp, plus 2pp publisher’s list of “New Works”. Vol III: 443pp

Provenance: Chatsworth House (a Sotheby's 'Attic Sale, 5-7 October 2010' label in each volume)

Uncut in original publisher's blue paper boards and cream paper spine with paper lettering-piece. Wear to binding, with loss of paper on spine ends; the labels worn, but still legible.



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