Publisher: London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1811.
Edition: Fourth edition; the first was published in 1806.
Bibliographical References: NCBEL III, 772.
Condition: Some light foxing; a fine, handsome copy.
Book ID: 28329
Description3 vols, 12mo, 19th century dark blue half calf, marbled paper boards, gilt decorations and lettering. Bound without the half-titles.
CommentsA sequel to the popular Letters to a Young Man on His First Entrance in Life (1801), by the poet, novelist and playwright Jane West (758-1852), a series of epistolary essays espousing a rather conservative though occasionally humorous view of conduct, romance and marriage: “Extreme delicacy of health seems one motive for declining to enter the conjugal state; for, though passionate Love may promise that his purple torch shall *ever* burn beside the couch of the lovely sufferer, Hymen generally tells a very different story, and, carrying his flambeau to an evening party, vacates his seat in the sick lady’s chamber in favour of her nurse and apothecary." ODND: "In many respects Letters to a Young Lady forms an ideological counterpart to Mary Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792). Where Wollstonecraft advocates 'Rights', West insists on 'Duties'. However both, as feminist critics have pointed out, were involved in the debate on the ‘Woman's question’ and foregrounded the necessity of improved education for women, although not for the same ends."