Publisher: Exeter, [N.H.]: Printed and Sold by Stearns & Winslow, 1794.
Edition: A later American edition, but the first printed in Exeter, New Hampshire.
Bibliographical References: Evans 27182; NCBEL II, 847 (but not noting American editions).
Condition: In very good condition; a rare survival in original state.
Book ID: 27303
DescriptionSmall 8vo, contemporary plain brown wrappers, stitched, 56 pages.
CommentsAn immensley popular courtesty book for women, both in England where it was first published in 1753 and in America, where it saw more than 15 editions in eight cities between 1761 and 1798. William Kenrick (1725?-1779) was a prolific author, journalist and playwright who was legendary for his literary quarrels. His mild-mannered Whole Duty of Woman, published early in his career, was generally out of character with his later satirical works. This copy has an appealing American provenance: on the front free endpaper is the contemporary ownership signature and marks of Clymena Emirancy Allen, of Bernardson, Massachusetts, and on the verso of the endpaper is the slightly later bookplate of her cousin, Electa Allen.