The Frugal Housewife. Child Mrs.

The Frugal Housewife

Cheapside, [London]: T Tegg & Son, 1839.
Second-hand hardcover

Child, Mrs. The Frugal Housewife. (18th Ed) T Tegg & Son: Cheapside [London] 1839. 16mo (125x75mm) Qtr bnd burgundy, gilt lettered, spine, burgundy cloth bds aeg, [8],188pp. VG/- cnrs lightly rubbed, sm blemish to frontispiece else fine




CHILD, Mrs [Lydia Maria (1802 – 1880)]


The Frugal Housewife: dedicated to those who are not ashamed of economy...to which are added, hints to persons of moderate fortune.  Also, by the English editor some valuable domestic receipts, etc.


Cheapside (London): T Tegg & Son, 1839.  (Eighteenth Edition (UK))


Sextodecimo (16mo) (125x75mm) quarter bound contemporary dark burgundy calf, gilt lettered and ruled over brown textured cloth, all edges gilt, [8],188pp. Printed by Bradbury & Evans, Whitefriars.


Child was an American writer, poet and journalist who was also an abolitionist and a champion of rights for Women and Indigenous peoples.   This, her most popular book, was first published in America in 1829.  There was some confusion between this book and Susannah Clarke’s The Frugal Housewife published in 1765 and by 1832 Child’s book was being published as The American Frugal Housewife.  Quite how this British edition by Thomas Tegg came to be is unclear.


Edges faintly rubbed, small nick to head of rear joint, remarkably tight and crisp; gilding bright.  Gift inscription (‘1842’) to p[3]; small 1cm tear to edge of the engraved frontispiece not affecting the image; occasional faint foxing and toning; a few neat pencil marks to the margins.


An interesting and almost near fine copy of an popular late Georgian, household book advocating real and practical economy, in what appears to be a ‘gift edition’ aimed at newly-weds by an early American suffragette & activist. 


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Price: $295.00 AUD

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