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The Whole Duty of Woman.


  • Author:
    Kenrick, William
  • Publisher:
    For S. Crowder and R. Baldwin, London, 1774
  • Catalog ID:
    1307397
  • Our ref:
    1307397

By a Lady. Written at the Desire of a Noble Lord. The Fifth Edition, Corrected. Hardback. 12mo. (approx 140 x 80mm). vii, [viii], 88pp. Contemporary sheep, unlettered with fillet and scallop rolls to sides in blind. In February 1753 Kenrick published this his most popular work. He resurrected a late seventeenth century title to capitalise upon the success of Dodsley's 'Oeconomy of Human Life'. Kenrick's guide to female conduct went through at least five editions during his lifetime and remained a popular book well into the next century. "Art thou a virgin, doth the bloom of health glow lively on thy cheek, study not to know the ways of man...Thy ignorance of his cunning may lay thee open to his deceit; but the knowledge thereof must be the consequence of thy being deceived. Learn therefore, O woman, what thou shouldst know before thou seekest farther knowledge." A rare book in all editions: ESTC traces only one copy for this particular edition , at the University of Toronto. (ESTC citation N25757). Book in very good condition. Boards generally a little rubbed and some bumping to corners. Front free end paper excised. Small tear to lower inner corner of B12 just touching catch word. Title page and subsequent leaf a little spotted and soiled. Light worming to corners of last few leaves but not affecting the text. Contemporary annotations to pastedowns and a slightly later ownership inscription to title page verso. Contemporary ownership inscription to rear free endpaper "Ann Froggatt's book, the gift of Francis Marples, Staveley." Similar inscription dated 1775 to rear pastedown.
  • Our price: £600.00

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