Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1895. 12mo. x, 384 pp. Original green publisher’s cloth, light soiling and wear to covers; fly-leaf and title browned, library stamps to front paste-down and free end-paper, library pocket and stamp-sheet to rear end-papers. From the library of Forestville High School, with its bookplate. Item #11660
Third edition in English. A collection of nine essays which look at early letters and achievements of women. “The quiet fairness with which M. Sainte-Beuve estimates feminine effort and achievement in letters, as contrasted alike with the indulgent praise and the considerate blame, which are the best they ordinarily receive, is, to a woman at least, absolutely affecting.” Subjects include Madame de Sévigné, Madame de Lafayette, Madame de Stael and Madame de Duras.