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WITH A VOLUME FOR THE WORKING CLASSES

GENLIS, Stéphanie Félicité, Comtesse de. Theatre a l'usage des jeunes personnes.

A Geneve [i.e. Geneva]. Chez les Librairies Associes, 1785.
12mo. In four volumes. Without half-titles. Attractively bound in contemporary gilt-tooled tree-calf, contrasting red morocco lettering-pieces. Lightly rubbed, slight chipping to head of spine of Vol. III. Recent bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to FEP of Vol. I, occasional spotting/toning.
A collection of short comedies for young children by French novelist Stephanie Felicite, Comtesse de Genlis (1746-1830). First printed between 1779 and 1780, the first translation into English appeared in 1781. Intended for both the entertainment and the moral instruction of a wide juvenile readership, by the publication of the fourth volume, Genlis nonetheless observed that works of this nature were traditionally targeted at the children of the better off. To rectify this, the final volume is intended solely for the education of the working classes, specifically the children of merchants and craftsmen, as well as young chambermaids and female shop workers.
£ 250.00 Antiquates Ref: 21134