THE GOVERNESS; Or, The Little Female Academy. Calculated for the Entertainment and Instruction of Young Ladies in the Education. By the Author of David Simple. The Fourth Edition. Revised and corrected.
London: A. Millar, 1758. [Price bound Is. 6d.]. x, 146 pages. Contemporary full, plain, untitled sheep. 12mo. Binding very worn with some loss of surface leather; the text has some light worming; ownership inscription for 1771; one gather sprung with some damage to the fore-edge, but no loss of text; else a very good copy of a scarce early printing of this important educational juvenile. First published in 1749. The author is the sister of Henry Fielding, Author of The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. As the book unfolds, students at a school are introduced to the reader, and each tells her life story revealing insights into her character. Conflicts are resolved by Jenny Peace, and studies are relieved by the telling of stories.