Boston: John West, . Item #440
170 x 110mm (6 3/4 x 4 1/4 inches); 302 pp., followed by one page of corrections. Contemporary calf binding and spine label with lettering in gilt. Edges rubbed, pages foxed. Correction to text on page 23 -- Zebe is crossed out and "Zell" is written in margin. Two-inch natural paper flaw on page 19, affecting 10 lines of text, meaning is not obscured. Original binding sound and attractive. Author and playwright Susanna Rowson founded one of the first female schools in Boston named Mrs. Rowson’s Young Ladies’ Academy. This geography textbook notably includes descriptions of women, in addition to men, in various parts of the world and occasionally includes commentary on how they spend their time. The text also takes an anti-slavery stance. “The negro on the burning sands of Africa, was born as free, as he who drew his first breath in America or Britain,” Rowson wrote on page 272. Rowson's best-known work is her 1791 novel Charlotte, a Tale of Truth, also known as Charlotte Temple, which was an early bestseller in America. She published other academic work including a spelling dictionary in 1807. The names Mary L. Payson and Sarah Payson are written on the front flyleaf. Mary L. Payson and her daughter Sarah Payson resided in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston in the mid 1800s. Bookplate on front attached endpaper for the Hingham Historical Society with the number 244 written in ink on the bottom right corner. American National Biography - online.; Eileen Elrod "Geography, Gender, and Slavery: The Other Rowson, Rowson's Others." Studies in American Fiction, John's Hopkins University Press. 2011, pp. 163-184. Vital Records of the town of Dorchester from 1826 to 1849, City Document 54. BAL 17010.