[GILLET, Robert]. ~ The Hundred Thoughts of a young Lady [Cent Pensées d’une jeune anglaise]. Paris: Legras and Cordier, 1802.
12mo (145× 85 mm), pp. 171, , plus engraved frontispiece and folding hand-coloured engraved map. Parallel English and French text. Map slightly browned, with slight fraying at margins. Uncut in oroginal pink paper cover boards. Rubbed, soiled, with some tears to spine, front free endpaper torn without loss. Early ownership inscription: ‘Julius Degaine’ to front pastedown. An unsophisticated and large uncut copy.
Gillet’s conduct book, the Hundred Thoughts of a young Lady with its improving aphorisms in English and French, had first appeared in London in 1796. It proved popular and was reprinted several times both in England and France. Legras and Cordier had already published an edition in 1798. Includes a fine emblematic frontispiece of female application (with spinning wheel, lace cushion, books, pen and inkwell). The engraved map is a French version of Gillet’s well-known allegory of the voyage of youth towards knowledge (avoiding the perils of idleness, obstinacy and dissipation).