1807 · Paris
Uncommon early 19th-century edition of a widely read treatise on the education of girls, written by a Roman Catholic archbishop (1651–1715) now largely remembered for his best-selling Aventures de Télémaque. In 1679, Fénelon became the director of the Nouvelles-Catholiques, a community of => Huguenot girls undergoing conversion to Catholicism, and published the present work after several years of experience there.
WorldCat reports => only four U.S. institutional holdings of this attractive Antoine-Augustin Renouard printing. While this copy does include the half-title, the engraved portrait cited by OCLC as appearing in some copies is not present here (with the volume showing no signs of its ever having been present).
Binding: Contemporary mottled calf, covers framed in gilt roll, spine gilt extra with gilt-stamped leather title-label; board edges with single gilt fillet, turn-ins with gilt roll resembling but not identical to cover roll. All edges gilt. Binding as above, showing rubbing to spine, joints, and extremities. Portrait reported in some copies not present here; pages with scattered instances of mild spotting. => An elegant little testament to the enduring influence of this work, progressive for its day. (Inventory #: 38421)