The Parent's Assistant; or, Stories for Children - Maria Edgeworth 1822 - Printed for R. Hunter, London - A New Edition ‘It has likewise been attempted in these stories to provide antidote against ill humour, the epidemic rage of dissipation, and the fatal propensity to admire and imitate whatever the fashion of the moment may distinguish.’

A complete and thus uncommon little six volume set of Maria Edgeworth’s influential collection of tales for children, first published in 1796 and popular throughout the 19th century. Her stories both amused and instructed, painting memorable moral anecdotes for boys and girls against frequently picturesque landscapes while communicating the important societal values of the period.

Included: Preface, Lazy Lawrence, Tarlton, The False Key; The Birthday Present, Simple Susan; The Bracelets, The Little Merchants; Old Poz, The Mimic, Mademoiselle Panache; The Basket-Woman, The white Pigeon, The Orphans, Waste Not Want Not, Forgive and Forget; Barring Out, Eton Montem.
  Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849) was the daughter of wealthy Irish landlord Richard Lovell Edgeworth. Her first publication was a plea for women’s education, entitled Letters to Literary Ladies. She went on to write prolifically for 40 years, publishing historical novels depicting Irish life and English society, along with her popular lessons and stories for children.

References: Drabble,
The Oxford Companion to English Literature 315. Lang, History of Education Volume 7 1978. Cecire, Space and Place in Children’s Literature 1789 to the Present 2015.

Duodecimo, six volumes, pp. xii 189 [1]; [2] 222; [2] 235 [1]; 200; [2] 248; [2] 224. Volume 4 lacking title page.
  Contemporary quarter green morocco over marbled boards, spines smooth and titled in gilt.   Condition: All volumes very good, spines toned, wear to spine ends and extremities, volume 4 lacking title page.   Ref: 107551   Price: HK$ 5,600