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Title: Theatre of Education. Translated from the French of The Countess de Genlis.
Description: London: Printed for T. Cadell..., 1781. FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATION. 4 volumes. 8vo, pp. [iv], 522 [523 advert, 524 blank]; [iv], 463 [464 blank]; [iv], 432; [iv], 408, including half-title in each volume, contemporary calf, gilt rules across spines, red morocco labels; strip cut from top of each title-page to remove name, front joints cracked, with two covers holding on for dear life. 20th century bookplate of John E. Nevinson, Exeter College, Oxford, on front paste-down end-paper. Madame de Genlis (1746 - 1830) published this work in 1779, and this is the first English translation. At the time that she wrote the work, she was governess to the Duchesse de Chartres, and these were the plays that she produced for their moral edification. She originally intended to exclude all male characters from the play (which is true of the first volume), but a few male characters do appear in the later plays. The work was published in Dublin in the same year, and there was a second edition as well in 1781. The London Magazine praised the first volume "for the chaste and elegant plan here chalked out," while the Critical Review recommended it to "the few parents and guardians left amongst us. who, in the education of their children and pupils, have a regard for their moral character, and above all to the schoolmistress in this metropolis and its environs, who, we think, cannot employ their scholars better than in reading and repeating these entertaining and instructive comedies." Gumuchian 2713.

Keywords: education drama literature women

Price: GBP 495.00 = appr. US$ 706.85 Seller: John Price Antiquarian Books
- Book number: 4386

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