A Father's Legacy to his Daughters.
The second edition.London, Printed for W. Strahan, T. Cadell, and J. Balfour, and W. Creech, at Edinburgh, 1774 Stock Code: 130297
NotesSecond edition, first published the same year, and one of several editions published in 1774. "After the death of his wife, on 29 September 1761, Gregory wrote A Father's Legacy to his Daughters to relieve his loneliness and to record her opinions about the education of their two surviving daughters... He may have incorporated the advice given him by his friend and celebrated bluestocking Elizabeth Montagu, who approved his pattern of educating the girls 'in a philosophical simplicity'... This little work was not intended for publication, but was to be given to his daughters after his death. However, it was published by his son James in 1774 and was an immediate success, running into many editions and translations. The work contains advice on religion and moral conduct, female friendship, and behaviour towards the opposite sex, principally regarding love and marriage. Deploring the forwardness and freedom of contemporary female manners, Gregory argued that modesty, delicacy, and elegance would better secure men's respect and admiration. His concern for his daughters' reputations in the world led him to advocate caution and prudence; thus he advised them to conceal their learning and wit, advice that was scornfully dismissed as a system of dissimulation by Mary Wollstonecraft in Vindication of the Rights of Woman" (ODNB).
Small octavo (156 x 91 mm). Contemporary calf, red morocco label, spine gilt to compartments.
Half-title present. Front free endpaper lacking, very light discolouration to calf, contents clean, joints and hinges intact. A near-fine copy.
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