EARLY WOMEN'S AMERICANA
ROWSON, Susanna. AN ABRIDGEMENT OF UNIVERSAL GEOGRAPHY; TOGETHER WITH SKETCHES OF HISTORY. DESIGNED FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS AND ACADEMIES IN THE UNITED STATES. Boston: Printed for John West, . First edition. 12mo. iv,13-302 pp. 'The Advertisement by the Author,' which doesn't appear in all copies, and then it is usually bound at the end, is laid-down to front pastedown in this copy; it is chipped at fore-edge and has a paper adhesion at the top right corner. Bound in worn, contemporary leather which is rubbed all over, has shallow loss (1/8") at heel and crown, and rounded fore-corners. Moderate foxing, occasional thumbing, and some ink corrections to text. Contemporary ownerships, in both ink and pencil, on first text page and on rear flyleaf, along with some juvenile practice of writing and sums in pencil on flyleaf and (chipped) rear pastedown. Front free endpaper is lacking; first recto being the title page. One leaf (U3) has a closed tear. A well-used copy of a rare, early academic text by Susanna Rowson (1762-1824), the British-born American author/actress. Rowson emigrated to America at an early age, and although she and her family left during the Revolution, she returned to act with a Philadelphia theater company. On her retirement from the stage in the last decade of the 18th century, she headed a Boston girls' school until the 1820s. Her best known work is "Charlotte Temple: A Tale of Truth" (1791). (BAL 17010; Sabin 73602; Vail 596 - with a pub. date of 1805).