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A Compendious System of Astronomy ...
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Margaret Bryan (b. ca. 1760, fl. ca. 1797–1815)
A Compendious System of Astronomy ...
London: Printed for the author, 1797
NYPL, The Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle

Little is known of Margaret Bryan, the author of this work and Lectures on Natural Philosophy (London, 1806), except that she ran two successful schools for girls, teaching the sciences at high levels. This frontispiece tells us only that she was handsome and had at least two daughters. The subscription list for the Compendious System is long and full of aristocratic names, indicating that whatever else she was, Bryan had a good public relations network.

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