The Maiden's Prize;

(Chapbook.) WARD (Anne, supposed author)

The Maiden's Prize;

or Batchelor's Puzzle; being A Miscellany of Theological and Philosophical Queries. Proposed to all the ingenious married Men and Batchelors in the Kingdom of England.

Description: with a woodcut of an armillary sphere on the title, a woodcut portrait of the author, and a vignette of a schoolroom (all old cuts, and somewhat indistinct), lower outer corner of last 2 leaves (?oil) stained, pp. 8, 8vo, uncut, 'sewn' ingeniously with a contemporary pin, good

Publication Details: Printed and sold in Aldermary Church-Yard, Bow Lane, [?1770]

Notes: Mrs. Ann Ward is, as the continuation of the title tells us, 'a beautiful young Lady of Five Hundred Pounds a Year; who vows never to Marry any Man but him who resolves the following Questions'. We learn from the text that she is 16 years old. The text begins with her remonstrance to 'an Oxford scholar' who had opined that men would be better off if 'silly, untractable, perverse, useless, imperious' woman had never been created. The questions, ironical, and showing a good grasp both of Scripture and Natural Philosophy, are such as to perplex even the most learned suitor. There were three othe...more

Bibliography: (ESTC T100728, BL and Folger only)

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Price: £1,200

Subject: Literature

Published Date: [?1770]

Stock Number: 64760

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