The Countess and Gertrude; or, Modes of Discipline. LAETITIA-MATILDA HAWKINS.
The Countess and Gertrude; or, Modes of Discipline.


The Countess and Gertrude; or, Modes of Discipline.

Place and Imprint: London: Printed for F. C and J. Rivington, 1811.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Garside, Raven and Schöwerling 1811:40; Wolff 3100.
Condition: Binding rubbed and a bit chafed, but sound; very good copy.
Book ID: 28693

Physical Description

4 vols, 8vo, contemporary sprinkled calf, red morocco spine labels, gilt rules and lettering.


A novel that explores and contrasts the lives of women of different social ranks, in this instance the Countess of Luxmore and the young Gertrude, who is working her way through life. It is one of several novels by Laetitia-Matilda Hawkins (circa 1759-1835) that use similar themes and express a "conservative-feminism" - Isobel Grundy, who writes in the ODND that "Hawkins is a busy authorial presence in this Bildungsroman. . . .The popularity of this novel has been linked to its didacticism." It contains a "slightly heavy-handed authorial notes, careful attention to the influences which shape their heroines' moral and intellectual development, condemnation of various aspects of behaviour prescribed for women, and matter-of-fact presentation of libertinism in high life." Hawkins, the daughter of Sir John Hawkins, friend, editor and biographer of Samuel Johnson, the latter whom the young Laetitia knew well in her youth, published about 12 novels and memoirs. Bookplate of John Rutherfurd on each front paste-down.

Price: $850.00

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