This item from Victorian Rose Prints is now in the Shop Backroom
More from Victorian Rose Prints
c1884 Etiquette Book Happy Homes and The Hearts That Make Them Decorum Deportment Dress Fashion Manners Sex Marriage Cupid Business
This grand old second edition 1884 book is entitled "Happy Homes & The Hearts That Make Them, or Thrifty People and Why They Thrive". The author is Samuel Smiles (of course!). I can hardly begin to describe how absolutely wonderful this antique book is. Let's start with the cover, colorful red with gilt text and black accents. And, it is in VG+ condition with the customary wear to the spine and cover board corners, but very well taken care of. The hinges are intact, text block tight, hinge papers are uncracked, 660 pages, very thick with marbled end papers. Pages have a nice patina with minimal wear. In short, it is amazing!
The front opens to a presentation page with cherub heads by the renowned artist, Sir Joshua Reynolds. Inside are many more superb engravings.
Here are some topics in the table of contents:
Chapter 1: The Art of Living; or Making the Most of Life: taste an economist, order in the home, contrasts in cottage life, home and comfort, method, industry and punctuality, good manners, cheerfulness, amusement, influence of music, taste in little things, elegance of flowers, common enjoyments, art in the home.
Chapter 2: Healthy Homes: necessity of pure air, unhealthy homes, wholesome dwellings, results of uncleanness, domestic improvement, dirt and immorality, worship in washing, knowledge of physiology, household management, morals and cookery, female education.
Chapter 3: Influence of Character: sustaining power of duty, character above learning and wealth, moral principles, honesty of character, reliableness, character and circumstances, formation of character, force of character, the inspiration of energy, Washington, influence of great men, character a great legacy, character and freedom, character of Nations.
Chapter 4: Home Power: domestic training, home influences, power of example, a mother's love, early impressions, recollections of youth, power of good women, woman's sphere.
Chapter 5: Companionship and Example: influence of companionship, force of imitation, companionship of the good, young men's heroes, consolations of a well spent life.
Chapter 6: Work: the curse of idleness, causes of melancholy, industry and leisure, work a universal duty, the dignity of work, work and happiness, work as an educator of character, training to business, literature and business, practical ability, work and overwork.
Chapter 7: Helping One's Self: government and the individual.
Chapter 8: Leaders of Industry--Inventors and Producers: toil, the best school, the history of pottery.
Chapter 9: Application and Perseverance: great results attained by simple means, fortune favors the industrious, power acquired by repeated effort, cultivation of memory, faculty comes by practice, hope an important element in character, order in everything, genius is patience.
Chapter 10: Helps and Opportunities--Scientific Pursuits: discoveries not accidental, intelligent observation, little things, value of time.
Chapter 11: Energy and Will: force of purpose, determined effort, promptitude and decision, the foundations of strength and character, concentration, courageous working, power and freedom of will.
Chapter 12: Self Culture--Facilities and Difficulties: importance of self culture, sustained application, well directed labor, thoroughness and accuracy, the right use of knowledge, learning and wisdom, learning and character, self respect, knowledge as a means of rising, low views of self culture, pleasure.
Chapter 13: Workers in Art: close observation, indefatigable activity, incessant study.
Chapter 14: Mean of Business: genius and business, practical industry, accuracy, promptitude, economical use of time, honesty.
Chapter 15: Money--Its Use and Abuse: self denial, necessity of economy, borrowing and debt, proverbs on money making, energy in money making, mere money making.
Chapter 16: Habits of Thrift: useful labors, thrift and civilization, uses of saved money, poverty and pauperism, improvidence.
Chapter 17: Methods of Economy: prudent economy, self improvement, tact, price of success, money thrown away, successful co-operation, deposits in large banks.
Chapter 18: Courage: moral courage, hostility to new views, devotion and self sacrifice, despotism of fashion, courage of women.
Chapter 19: Self Control: the value of discipline, supremacy of self control, virtue of patience, evils of uncontrolled temper, power of self restraint, instances of self denial, forbearance of speech, tyranny of appetite.
Chapter 20: Duty--Truthfulness: Conscience and will, the sense of honor, sacredness of duty, freedom of the individual.
Chapter 21: Temper: cheerfulness of nature, instances of cheerful men, power of kindness, beneficence and benevolence, the shallowness of discontent, pleasures of hope.
Chapter 22: Manner--Art: power of manner, politeness, self restraint, practical impoliteness, good taste, instinctive tact of women, superficiality of manner, good humor and simplicity, shyness and reserve, love of home.
Chapter 23: Companionship of Books: good books the best society, humanizing influence of books, pleasure in books.
Chapter 24: Companionship in Marriage: the mission of man and woman, early education of both sexes, woman's affection, culture of both sexes, love an inspirer and purifier, man in the home, the woman's kingdom, the wife a counselor.
Chapter 25: Example--Models: Home influence, parents, immortality of human deeds, importance of good example, personal influence, inspiring books.
Chapter 26: Character--The True Gentleman: value of a good name, conscience and character, right-heartedness, importance of good habits, manners and morals, civility and kindness, the true gentleman, a noble peasant.
Chapter 27: The Discipline of Experience: evils of seclusion, the school of experience, youthful ardor, romance and reality, the apprenticeship of difficulty, duty the am and the end of life.
Whew, very comprehensive indeed, and a thick weighty book! So much to know and to think it governed all areas of life for Victorians. This look into the social norms and convections of their day is quite insightful. Here's a couple excerpts inside:
"Although man's qualities belong more to the head, and woman's more to the heart...a heartless man is as much out of keeping in civilized society as a stupid and unintelligent woman. The culture of all parts of the moral and intellectual nature is requisite to form the man or woman of healthy and well-balanced character. Without sympathy or consideration for others, man were a poor, stunted, sordid, selfish being; and without cultivated intelligence, the most beautiful woman were little better than a well-dressed doll."
"It has been said that no man and no woman can be regarded as complete in their experience of life until they have been subdued into a union with the world through their affections. As woman is not woman until she has known love, neither is man man. Both are requisite to each other's completeness."
"Every man is bound to aim at the possession of a good character as one of the highest objects of life. The very effort to secure it by worthy means will furnish him with a motive of exertion; and his idea of manhood, in proportion as it is elevated, will steady and animate his motive."
Very RARE and incredibly entertaining indeed it is! We are a purveyor of fine old antique books, and do welcome all layaways, which can help one acquire fine books over time, so have a peek in our shop for more books, where you can often combine purchases to save postage. We now accept all online bank cards via Amazon Payments, which is much like Paypal, and we do take checks and money orders.
Layaways are always welcome to help you acquire fine items over time!
If you were the pending buyer of this item, go to My Account to view, track and check payment for this item.
Nancy Hall, Pacific Northwest, ID
Antique Rose Print s Paul de Longpre Klein Etiquette Poetry Language Flowers Quack Medicine Book
Victorian Etiquette and Medical Books, Antique Paintings, and Layaway Available!