Lyon: Chez Pierre Bruyset Ponthys, 1782. The half titles read: "Bibliotgeque Complete d'Education. Magasin des Jeunes Dames." 12mo, pp. xvi,339,(5); (4), 394; (4) 176; (4) 256. 4 volumes bound in 3. Bound in contemporary speckled calf, with spine labels. A very nice copy. Scarce, not in NUC or BL. Item #56361
This edition was made under the direction of the author from her mss that was issued in London. Madame Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont (1711-1780) was a popular novelist and prolific writer of educational works for women and children ... which were widely read throughout Europe and America between 1750 to 1830. She taught at a convent school for teachers in Rouen and when her unhappy marriage was annulled she turned to writing to support herself. In 1748 she wrote a work arguing that women's natural qualities are superior to men's. Shorty afterwards, she settled in London where she established herself as a goveneress and started a monthly magazine: Nouveau Magasin Francais aimed at women.. "She was the first editor of a woman's monthly magazine, the founder of children's literature in France, and an indefatigable promoter of women's equal right to learning"[Wilson, p. 100].