The polite lady; or, a course of female education: in a series of letters, from a mother to her daughter

The polite lady; or, a course of female education: in a series of letters, from a mother to her daughter

Philadelphia: printed for Mathew Carey, 1798. First American edition, 12mo, pp. 271, [1], [4] ads; boards removed, calf spine with morocco label, edgewear to upper gatherings and tidestain on lower; fair. The letters, signed "Portia" and "Sophia," cover the many things that are expected of young women, including the proper approach to reading, dancing, cleanliness, friendship, dress, modesty, temperance, etc. In the instance of dress, comment is made on the habit of women who "assume the coat and periwig, the hat and feather." Portia complains it makes it difficult to tell the sexes apart and call women in such dress Amazons and Cavaliers. Evans 34389. Item #58325

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