“THE TRUE REASON I HAVE SO OFTEN KNEELED TO GOD FOR THEE, IS THAT THOU MIGHTEST BE AN INHERITOR OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN”: THE MOTHER’S LEGACY TO HER UNBORN CHILD, 1894, HANDSOMELY BOUND
JOCELINE, Elizabeth. The Mother’s Legacy to Her Unborn Child. London and New York: Macmillan, 1894. 12mo, contemporary full crushed brown morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $600.
Late Victorian-era edition, representing the 1632 edition, of Elizabeth Joceline’s heartfelt exhortation on religion and morality, handsomely bound by Roger de Coverley.
“Foreboding death in childbirth, [Joceline] wrote The Mother’s Legacie to her Unborne Childe, a letter which gently but earnestly exhorts her son or daughter to piety and good conduct. Prefixed to it is a letter to her husband, giving him sensible advice as to the bringing up of the child. She bore a daughter [named Theodora] on October 12, 1622 and died nine days afterwards… The manuscript of the Legacie is now in the British Museum” (DNB). First published in 1624; this edition reprinted from the sixth printing (1632).
Front inner paper hinge expertly reinforced. A fine copy, handsomely bound.