1827 · Philadelphia
by A Lady of Philadelphia [Sarah Hall]
Philadelphia: Harrison Hall, 1827. Fourth Edition. Half Leather. Very Good binding. This Philadelphia woman was taught at home, and after marrying spent her evenings "writing in her study while her ten children slept" [!]. [See "Portraits of American Women Writings that Appeared in Print Before 1861" at librarycompany.org.; also DAB (1932), Vol. VIII, p. 143]. The DAB is a perhaps condescending when it describes her as "on the whole a bit of a bluestocking" but she was admirably clear-eyed about the challenges faced by women in her day, and a genuine scholar: "she learned Hebrew for the purpose of research" [Appleton's Cyclopaedia, (1887), Vol. III, 44]. ~~Mrs. Hall's Conversations proved popular, this being the Fourth Edition. She notes pointedly in the Preface that "[a] third edition was published in London, as an English production, without the knowledge of the author." [xi]. ~~This copy lacking a top quarter of the half-title page, a loss not affecting any text. Half tan morocco over marbled boards; foxed throughout. Rather uncommon.~~From a gift plate on the pastedown we know that this copy was given to the Williamsburg Sunday School, in 1826 (immediately upon publication): "A LEGACY | From Mrs. E. G. Webb, | To The | Williamsburg Sunday School | 1826" (AI 29116). Very Good binding.
(Inventory #: 291405)