Observations on the Importance of Female Education and Maternal Instruction
..., with their beneficial influence on society.Designed to be used as a class book. By a mother ... to which is added an appendix containing Brief hints to parents, on the subject of education, and Hints to young people on the duties of civil life. Stated second edition, 1827. Cloth hardcover 12mo; 84, 24, 24,  pp. Good condition with 1-inch loss of cloth at the spine ends, coloring to areas of loss. Binding still firm, contents foxed but clean, pages crisp.Abigail Mott Moore was a Quaker educator and activist engaged in anti-slavery and women’s rights efforts. She was from the prominent Quaker Mott family and married Lindley M. Moore, another educator and activist. She most noted for her abolitionist works. This second edition was published the year after Biographical Sketches and Interesting Anecdotes of Persons of Colour (Sabin 51120) and includes a 2-part appendix contributed by her brother, another abolitionist and husband of Lucretia Mott, James Mott: “Hints to parents,” (24pp) and “Hints to young people on the duties of civil life” (24pp). Observations… emphasizes the fundamental importance of educating women, who, in turn, must undertake the education of children as part of their maternal responsibilities. “If we carefully examine the pages of ancient and modern history, we shall find, that where darkness and superstition have most prevailed, the female character has been most neglected and debased; and that where mankind have become enlightened by the influence of the Gospel, and have been sensible of the advantages resulting from early and virtuous impressions, they have seen the propriety of cultivating the female mind.” Rare.