The Useful and the Beautiful: or, Domestic and Moral Duties Necessary to Social Happiness (With 6 Handcolored Illustrations)

Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co., 1854. Decorative Cloth. The 1854 1st edition (the copyright page states 1849) --or certainly very early printing-- of this uncommon look at mid-19th century domestic science and housekeeping habits in the American home. With 6 lovely hand-colored illustrations to help bring home her points, the author argues that diligence in maintaining the appearance and cleanliness of the home is so necessary to creating social stability and happiness that it borders on moral obligation. This is a solid, well-preserved copy to boot: Tight and VG in its dark-green cloth, with bright, mostly unrubbed gilt-lettering and design at the spine and decorative titling and blindstamping to the panels. Light, forgivable foxing to the preliminaries (including pastedowns and endsheets) and along a number of the pages, former owner stamp ("Sallie J. Diffendorfer") at the front free endpaper, very light spotting to the panels. 16mo, 167 pgs., including the frontispiece and the 5 additional handcolored plates. Very Good. Item #16473

Price: $400.00

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