THE FEMALE MENTOR: or, Select Conversations. In two volumes.
London: Vol’s I & II, T. Cadell. Vol, III: T. Cadell, jun. and W. Davies (Successors to Mr. Cadell), 1793. xvi, 235; iv, 242; iv, 232 pages. Two- tone paper-covered boards as issued. Ink titles and volume numbers to spines. 12mo. First editions. Name of Eliza Hunter to titles; spotting to endpapers; boards and spine worn, but a scarce set complete in all three volumes. A collection of 43 wide-ranging pieces including ‘On Novels’, ‘On Learned Ladies’, ‘On Dancing’, ‘On Music’, ‘On Marriage’ - in fact, on everything to which the late eighteenth century young woman might wish to aspire. The authorship of this treatise on education and the conduct of life has been identified by the Brotherton Library, Leeds, as Anne Cox Woodroffe. Although, as stated in the preface to volume one, ‘[she] does not pretend to be an author, but only an editor.’ £675. 00.