Original Stories, from Real Life;
with conversations, calculated to regulate the affections and form the mind to truth and goodness.Dublin: Printed for J. Jones, 1792 Stock Code: 125578
NotesFirst Dublin edition, the fourth overall, first published in London in 1788. With two female gift inscriptions, the first on the half-title dated 1792 from Elizabeth Pim to Anne Jackson, who in turn re-presented the book half a century later in 1842 to her niece Elizabeth Garrat.
Original Stories was Mary Wollstonecraft's only work written directly for children, in which the wise and rational governess Mrs Mason educates her "shamefully ignorant" charges Mary and Caroline, who "had caught every prejudice that the vulgar casually instil", towards rational right-mindedness through a sequence of original stories. This edition is notably scarce, with WorldCat listing just nine copies in institutional holdings.
Duodecimo (170 x 97 mm). Contemporary sheep, red morocco label, spine ruled in gilt.
Extremities and joints professionally refurbished, discreet paper repair to front free endpaper, light running stain in bottom corner, some foxing, else a very good copy.
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