Gainsbrough: H. and G. Mozley, 1800. Frontispiece and twenty-seven other woodcuts throughout provide visual aid to this young girl's alphabet. The chapbook has intentions beyond its overt rhetorical claim; it uses the mnemonic device of the English alphabet to educate young girls on the proper components of a woman's wardrobe. Each article of clothing, from the everyday to the occasional, is also accompanied by two lines of a four-line rhyming pair, the regular refrains reinforcing the chapbook's insistence on societal sartorial normativity. The reader is left with no room to doubt; the title page claims authority through the book's author, Maria Mildmay, whose religious title, "Sss," appears after her name.
32mo. 31pp. Bound in yellow printed wrappers, whose front cover shows a fishmonger poetically hawking his wares, and whose rear cover shows a gingerbread seller doing the same. Two instances of minute and unobtrusive tears, faint foxing throughout, else remarkably fine and entirely rare, with no copies in OCLC. Item #31438