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Wakefield, Priscilla 1751-1832

Overview
Works: 146 works in 783 publications in 2 languages and 6,746 library holdings
Genres: Juvenile works  Fiction  History  Biography  Popular works  Textbooks  Classification  Anecdotes  Bibliography  Treaties 
Roles: Author
Classifications: Z1215, 917.3
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Most widely held works by Priscilla Wakefield
An introduction to botany : in a series of familiar letters, with illustrative engravings by Priscilla Wakefield( Book )

86 editions published between 1796 and 2016 in English and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coming from a prosperous London Quaker family, the author Priscilla Wakefield (1751-1832) wrote educational books for children, and one work for adults, Reflections on the Present Condition of the Female Sex (1798), also reissued in this series. This 1796 book on botany, a science which 'contributes to health of body and cheerfulness of disposition' but is difficult to study because of its Latin nomenclature and the cost of textbooks, offers a simple introduction for children through the medium of letters between sisters, as 'Felicia' shares with 'Constance' her growing understanding of plant science. Felicia's governess is a follower of Linnaeus, whose classificatory system is described as 'the one universally adopted', and by the twenty-eighth and final letter, Felicia is describing the class Cryptogamia. This illustrated account in simple language gives an insight into the level of education thought appropriate for young girls at the end of the eighteenth century
Excursions in North America : described in letters from a gentleman and his young companion, to their friends in England by Priscilla Wakefield( Book )

56 editions published between 1806 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mental improvement, or, The beauties and wonders of nature and art : in a series of instructive conversations by Priscilla Wakefield( Book )

51 editions published between 1799 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A family tour through the British Empire : containing some accounts of its ... history and antiquities, interspersed with biographical anecdotes by Priscilla Wakefield( Book )

47 editions published between 1804 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reflections on the present condition of the female sex by Priscilla Wakefield( Book )

28 editions published between 1798 and 2013 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coming from a prosperous London Quaker family, the author Priscilla Wakefield (1751-1832) wrote educational books for children, including an introduction to botany (also reissued in this series), and this 1798 work for adults, a fascinating piece of social and feminist history. Wakefield argues for better education for women, and suggests ways for those without the support of a husband or family to earn a living. Her ideas are not radical: she divides women into four social classes, with recommendations on appropriate work for each, and she believes that marriage rather than independence is the best outcome for any woman. Her concern for social norms is illustrated by her belief that field labour and any manufacturing job 'where both sexes are promiscuously assembled' are detrimental to female virtue. There are, however, many occupations which do not destroy 'the peculiar characteristic of their sex', or exceed 'the most exact limits of modesty and decorum'
Domestic recreation, or, Dialogues illustrative of natural and scientific subjects by Priscilla Wakefield( Book )

23 editions published between 1805 and 1818 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Instinct displayed, in a collection of well-authenticated facts : exemplifying the extraordinary sagacity of various species of the animal creation by Priscilla Wakefield( Book )

38 editions published between 1811 and 2010 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Variety; or, Selections and essays, consisting of anecdotes, curious facts, interesting narratives, with occasional reflections by Priscilla Wakefield( Book )

13 editions published in 1809 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to botany : in a series of familiar letters by Priscilla Wakefield( Book )

12 editions published in 1811 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The juvenile travellers : containing the remarks of a family during a tour through the principal states and kingdoms of Europe ; with an account of their inhabitants, productions and curiosities by Priscilla Wakefield( Book )

65 editions published between 1801 and 1850 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Descriptions of travels in Europe, given in a series of letters exchanged by children
Sketches of human manners : delineated in stories intended to illustrate the characters, religion, and singular customs, of the inhabitants of different parts of the world by Priscilla Wakefield( Book )

19 editions published between 1807 and 1826 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Juvenile anecdotes founded on facts by Priscilla Wakefield( Book )

15 editions published between 1795 and 1844 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to botany : in a series of familiar letters by Priscilla Wakefield( Book )

5 editions published in 1818 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mental improvement by Priscilla Wakefield( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lessons for young people on a wide variety of topics, from whaling and seashells to painting on glass and the origin of navigation, are presented in fictional conversations of an eighteenth-century family
An introduction to the natural history and classification of insects : in a series of familiar letters by Priscilla Wakefield( Book )

7 editions published between 1816 and 2012 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mental improvement : or the beauties and wonders of nature and art, ... By Priscilla Wakefield by Priscilla Wakefield( Book )

24 editions published between 1794 and 2005 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A brief memoir of the life of William Penn : compiled for the use of young persons by Priscilla Wakefield( Book )

14 editions published between 1816 and 2011 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alternative Names
Anglaise, une.

Author of Leisure hours 1751-1832

Author of Mental improvement 1751-1832

Bell, Priscilla.

Bell, Priscilla 1751-1832

Bell, Priscilla Wakefield.

Franklin, Henry

Leisure hours, Author of 1751-1832

Mental improvement, Author of 1751-1832

Middleton, Arthur

Priscilla Wakefield botanist (1751-1832)

Priscilla Wakefield britisk skribent

Priscilla Wakefield Brits schrijfster (1751-1832)

Priscilla Wakefield brittisk författare

Priscilla Wakefield englische Philanthropin, Quäkerin, Schriftstellerin und Feministin

Priscilla Wakefield English writer

Wakefield, Priscilla Bell.

Wakefield, Priscilla Bell 1751-1832

Languages
English (509)

French (1)