Training Young Women to Bethe IDEAL Victorian & “Christian”
Wife, Mother, Homemaker
Beecher, Catharine E., & Harriet Beecher Stowe. The American woman's home: Or, principles of domestic science; being a guide to the formation and maintenance of economical healthful, beautiful, and Christian homes. New York: J.B. Ford & Co., 1869. 8vo (20.9 cm, 8.125"). Engr. frontis., engr. t.-p., , xii, –500, [12 (adv.)] pp.; illus.
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First edition, second printing, imprint C, of this “guide to the 'Formation and Maintenance of Economical, Healthful, Beautiful, and Christian Homes.' Expanded and reprinted after its first publication in 1841, the book instructed young women on their proper role in the middle-class home. Its lessons about Domestic Science ranged from the correct way to raise children to the appropriate type of picture to hang in the parlor” (History Matters website at George Mason University). Three full, discrete chapters are devoted explicitly to the “Christian family,” Christian House,” and “Christian Neighborhood.”
The alluded-to 1841 publication was Catharine Beecher's A Treatise on Domestic Economy, for the Use of Young Ladies at Home, and at School that she wrote by herself, without contributions by Harriet.
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Provenance: From the library of Robert Sadoff, M.D., sans indicia.
BAL 19453. Publisher's green cloth with gilt decoration to spine and gilt lettering to front board; some discoloration and mottling to cloth with front covers a little cockled, corners bumped. Minor age-toning and occasionally a small dot or spot to interior; overall clean, and nice. (39688)
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