London: Printed for G. & J. Robinson, Paternoster-Row, 1804. 8vo. 6 volumes: xi, 320; 336; 314; 363; 298; 376 pp. Sophia Lee (1750-1824) was born of theatrical parents, and, as the oldest child, took care of her sisters when their mother died at an early age; her first work, a play, "The Chapter of Accidents," was staged at the Haymarket Theatre in 1780, "received with great applause" and was published the same year. With the proceeds she founded a school for young ladies "where she made a home for her sisters. The school became a success and occupied nearly all of Miss Lee's time" (DNB). By the turn of the century, Lee had published a novel, "The Recess," a long poem dealing with border warfare, "A Hermit's Tale," and another play, "Almeyd." Having secured an income, she gave up her school in 1803, and published this work a year later. "It is supposed to contain much personal history ... Lee was a woman of great conversational powers and an excellent instructress, inspiring her pupils with liking and respect." Bears a Griffin stamp on the spines and the bookplate of Alexander R. Stewart with the logo "Metuenda Corolla Draconis"; Stewart was serving as High Sheriff in Donegal in 1850. Very good . Later tan three quarter leather and marbled boards (first volume appears to have a little repair to the joints, all volumes with some wear), gilt rules and leather labels on spine. (9818). Item #62753

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