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MORE, Hannah.

Christian Morals.

In two volumes.

London: printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1813 Stock Code: 140267
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First edition. The leading bluestocking of her generation, Hannah More (1745-1833) and her four sisters were educated so as to earn a living for themselves, and ran a very successful and well-respected boarding-school for girls in Bristol. "More's role as moral guardian of the nation became increasingly politicized as a consequence of the French Revolution. During the final years of the Napoleonic wars More published three works that showed a more reflective side to her religious writing" (ODNB), of which Christian Morals - addressed to young people and dedicated to the Reverend Thomas Gisborne - was one, the other two being Practical Piety (1811) and the biographical Essay on the Character and Practical Writings of St Paul (1815). "Cadell said the whole of the first edition of Christian Morals was pre-sold before publication day: he hurriedly sent More a copy to correct for a second edition. It went through eleven editions: nearly ten thousand copies" (Orlando).

This set has a fitting contemporary female provenance, bearing the ownership signatures of Harriet Christian Niven Lumsden (d. 1820), the eldest daughter of General Alexander Leith-Hay (1758-1838) and wife of Sir Harry Niven Lumsden, 1st Baronet Lumsden, of Auchindoir (d. 1821).

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2 volumes, duodecimo (188 x 112 mm). Later half calf, smooth spines lettered and ruled in gilt, circular motifs to compartments, blue marbled boards, green endpapers, edges sprinkled blue.


Contemporary ownership signatures, "Harriet C. Niven Lumsden", in ink to upper margins of title pages, ever-so-slightly shaved in binding process. A touch of wear, contents crisp and generally clean with some light foxing, vol. 2 gathering B browned, a little overhang to upper corner of vol. 2 D10. A near-fine copy, handsomely bound.


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