A treatise by Charlotte McCarthy (fl. 1745-67, died 1768), an Irish poet and novelist. She writes about love, poetry, neighbors, purgatory and sacrifice in a somewhat rambling series of 37 chapters, much of which is an angry tirade at a male-dominated and morally corrupt world. The text is concluded with a small group of imaginary letters and a poem written to the young Prince of Wales, who was not yet two years old. Following an amusing prefatory poem "To the Merchants, &c" and the errata on the verso, is the signature of Charlotte McCarthy, which we have confirmed as authorial with one other located copy. In 1745 McCarthy published a novel, The Fair Moralist, or Love and Virtue.
Contemporary bookplate on the front paste-down. (Inventory #: 27006)