[Bergamo]: [Dalla Stamperia Mazzoleni], . 24mo. 130 x 85 mm (5 1/8 x 3 1/4 inches). 32, 24 pp. Contemporary red morocco, gilt-tooled borders and spine. A lovely copy.
First edition. Superb copy of this seemingly unrecorded volume, designed to raise funds for the maintenance of girls’ schools north of Bergamo, near the Swiss border. It is published by the 'Pia opera di Santa Dorotea,' an Italian movement founded in 1815 to provide education for female orphans.
The volume contains two separately paginated parts, each in the form of a letter. The first describes, in a cheerful style, the work of the schools, the directors and assistants (all female), and the flavor of the education the girls receive; all the girls learn to read and write and educated in virtues of piety and charity. Contrasting the petulance, nascent malice, and puerile nature of many girls, with that of those in the care of the Santa Dorotea schools, the author notes that 'the education of these peasant girls is a miracle.’ The author describes some of the highlights of the school year, including the feast of St. Tecla, 'a spectacular event'. At the end of the first part there is an advertisement for the charity's publication, Pia opera di Santa Dorotea, (Bergamo, 1830).
The second part consists of a dialogue between the author of the first letter and two potential donors to the charity, who after more discussion about the administration of the schools, agree to make a donation.
Not in cited in NUC, SBN or OCLC. (63). Item #63