Memoires Inedits de Madame la Comtesse de Genlis, Sur le Dix-Huitième Siècle Et la Révolution Française, Depuis 1756 Jusqu'à Nos Jours
A Paris, Chez Ladvocat, Libraire de S.A.R. Monseigneur le duc de Chartres, au Palais-Royal, 1825. First Edition. 1/2 Leather. 10 volumes. 4 and 2 volume sets released by same publisher in same year, no priority. Demy 12mo. 71/4 in (19 cm) tall. vii xix 399, xx 380, xxiii 374, xi 370, xvi 375, xi 367, xii 387, xi 368, xi 414, viii 400. Contemporary half calf, sides overlaid with green paper and marbled paper corners; spine with two tan compartments plus gilt rules, decoration and title. Volume 1 with two portraits of Madame de Genlis, at 25 and 80 years of age, by Miss Coignet and Deveria. Bindings worn and chipped, pages foxed. Though she herself mocked the taste for autographs, Madame de Genlis consented to a facsimile note, bound into volume 1. Madame la Comtesse de Genlis (1746-1830) wrote 120 published works for a large audience in Europe. Genlis had extensive influence on women writers, read by Mary Wollstonecraft, Jane Austen, Hannah More and Frances Burney. An early feminist, Genlis campaigned for education, especially female education. Self-taught, Genlis was the first woman to be appointed "governor" to royal children, including the future King of France. Well-preserved first edition offers first person insight into an important period of French history. [Volume 10 encloses an undated letter, written by M Ed Volm of Dutch patisserie B.Lem Gerodias, addressed to Madame Labouchere, which appears to be an exasperated request for payment.] Larousse, Grand dictionnaire universel du XIXe sičcle p. 990. Bibliotheque Nationale ark:/12148/bpt6k480231r. Copac. Very good .
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Keywords: Women's History Social Thought