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Female biography; or, memoirs of illustrious and celebrated women, of all ages and countries.

Hays, Mary.

Published by Birch & Small (pr. by Fry & Kammerer), Philadelphia, 1807
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First American edition, following the London first of 1803. This encyclopedic collection of lives of famous (and infamous) women was compiled by controversial novelist, editor, and feminist Mary Hays, friend of Mary Wollstonecraft ? who is, curiously, not counted among the "illustrious and celebrated women" here. Among those who did make the cut are Sappho, Diane de Poitiers, Matoaks (a.k.a. Pocahontas), Susannah Centlivre, Charlotte Corday, Anne Boleyn, Mrs. Pilkington, and Anne Broadstreet (i.e., Bradstreet). Hays notes in her preface that "Women, unsophisticated by the pedantry of the schools, read not for dry information, to load their memories with uninteresting facts, or to make a display of a vain erudition . . . they require pleasure to be mingled with instruction, lively images, the graces of sentiment, and the polish of language" (vol. I, p. iii). These last things, she strives to supply herself! 8vo (22.3 cm, 8.8"). 3 vols. I: vi, [2], 488 pp. II: [4], 510, [2 (adv.)] pp. III: [4], 512 pp. Shaw & Shoemaker 12742; Sabin 31061. Period-style quarter tan cloth over blue-grey paper?covered sides, spines with printed paper labels. Title-page of each volume with the blind pressure- (not perforation-) stamp of a social club library. As in all copies we have had, pages age-toned, with a few foxed or spotted; occasional short edge tears, not extending into text. Three leaves in vol. II with tears in margin with loss of paper only and four other leaves in the same volume with loss of paper and either a few letters (pp. 107?10) or words (approximately half the words on each of five lines on pp. 151?52 and a word or three on each of five lines on 229?30). => A good resource and a good "read.". Bookseller Inventory # 28716

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Title: Female biography; or, memoirs of illustrious...

Publisher: Birch & Small (pr. by Fry & Kammerer), Philadelphia

Publication Date: 1807

Edition: 1st Edition

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