London: Richard Barrett for Charles Gilpin, 1846. 8vo (8.8 in, 22.2 cm). [iii] iv [v] vi-viii,  2-493 [blank] pp. Edited by her husband Samuel Fox.
First edition and inscribed by the editor. Maria Fox (1793-1844) dedicates twenty chronological chapters to her childhood, her travels in Europe, extensive travels in Britain, and her work as a Quaker including visits to the poor, black apprenticeship, and distress in manufacturing districts. Like the Autobiography of Mary Howitt, the Memoirs of Maria Fox details Quaker life in the Victorian period. Influential social reformers by the mid-19th century, Quakers campaigned against slavery, pioneered humane mental care, and sought prison reform. Opposed to bearing arms, Quakers believed in an inner spiritual life and in the equality of humanity.
OCLC. Quaker org uk/history-of-quakers. Victorianweb org/religion/quakers html. Full diced calf, spine decorated in gilt, boards paneled in double-gilt and triple-blind fillets with gilt-rolled edges. All edges marbled. Sturdy marbled endpapers. Black silk book ribbon. Provenance: small inscription to Catharine Stacey by the editor S.J. Fox in 1857 and small book-stamp of John E. Wilson to front flyleaf; pictorial bookplate of Thomas Edward and Catharine Hodgkin to front pastedown. Light shelfwear, preliminary and terminal blanks with minor penciling and faint trace of foxing. Remarkably well-preserved, tight, and clean first edition. Near fine. Item #1149
First edition and inscribed by the editor.