Paris: Chez Ladvocat, Libraire de S.A.R. Monseigneur le duc de Chartres, au Palais-Royal, 1825. 1/2 Leather. 10 volume set. 12mo (7.3 in, 18.5 cm).  i-viii i-xviii 399 , xx 380, xxiii 374, xi 370, xvi 375, xi 367, xii 387, xi 368, xi 414, viii 400 pp.
First edition: Madame la Comtesse de Genlis (1746-1830) wrote 120 published works for a large audience in Europe. Genlis had extensive influence on women writers, read by Mary Wollstonecraft, Jane Austen, Hannah More and Frances Burney. An early feminist, Genlis campaigned for education, especially female education. Self-taught, Genlis was the first woman to be appointed "governor" to royal children including the future King of France.
Larousse, Grand dictionnaire universel du XIXe siècle p. 990. Bibliotheque Nationale FRBNF30495670. Library Hub Discover. Contemporary half calf, sides overlaid with green paper and marbled paper corners; spine with two tan compartments plus gilt rules, gilt decoration, and gilt title. Volume 1 with two portraits of Madame de Genlis at 25 and 80 years of age by Miss Coignet and Deveria. Though she mocked autographs, Madame de Genlis consented to a facsimile note bound into volume 1. Each volume with index. Volume 10 encloses an undated letter written by M Ed Volm of Dutch patisserie B.Lem Gerodias and addressed to Madame Labouchere. Exteriors somewhat worn, Vol 1 head and front joint fragile with pages intermittently stained, Volumes 2-10 with front joints starting to strong and pages faintly foxed to clean. First edition by prominent proponent of female education also offers first-person insight into an important period of French history. Very good. Item #856