Les femmes sçavantes, ou, Bibliothèques des dames …
Amsterdam: M. C. le Cene,
Written by an obscure “Monsieur N. C.,” this rare courtesy book offers women moralistic discourses on cultivating the intellect while dispensing useful advice on arranging, maintaining, and conserving a library of choice books. The twenty-nine chapters range from the edifying (“Vices and faults that a wise woman should avoid”) to the practical (“On the ordering of books in a woman’s library”).
Purchased in 1987.