A Father’s Legacy to his Daughters. By the late Dr. Gregory of Edinburgh. A New Edition.

  • Gregory, John
  • London: Printed for A. Strahan; and T. Cadell 1793
  • ESTC N30292.


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8vo, pp. [iii]-x, [ii], 132 + engraved frontispiece (by Sherwin after Grinion Jr, dated 1777). Contemporary sheep. Lightly toned and spotted, marginal marking to frontispiece. Rubbed and scratched, rebacked preserving old red morocco label. Ownership inscription of G. Clements to flyleaf.


A rare later printing of Scottish physician John Gregory's (1724-1773) popular and influential advice for the education of women - written following the death of his wife in 1761, it was published posthumously in 1774 and went through at least nine editions in that year alone. Widely read, and perhaps inspired by Bluestocking arguments, it nonetheless argues that women should hide learning so as not to put off potential husbands - for which Gregory attracts the scorn of Mary Wollstonecraft in her Vindication. The frontispiece first appeared in a 1778 edition and the same plate was still in use fifteen years and more than as many editions later. ESTC locates four copies of this printing in the UK (Aberdeen, Reading, NT, and Wellcome), plus Cal State, Ohio University, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania only outside.

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