Chambers Information for the Million One Thousand and One Things Worth Knowing, Comprising the History and Mystery of Everything in Common Use.
This wonderful antique book is just chock full of many things a Victorian would need to know to successfully navigate life. Often folks lived in rural areas, and books like this one were essential for information on a large scale. This book was made about 1890. Some of the Chapter headings include:
About Tea, Coffee.
About China, Porcelain.
About Cheese, Butter.
About Textile Fabrics.
About Fermented Liquors.
About Artificial Light.
About Cosmetics and Perfumes.
About the Human Body.
About the Atmosphere.
About Arts and Sciences.
About Roots, Stems, and Leaves.
About Many Things.
Each Chapter is filled with a plethora of subjects, covering many uses in everyday life, as well as topics that deal with medicine, narcotics, perfumes, cosmetics, fabrics, liquor, and other household usages.
As an example, the section on Narcotics says: "The principal narcotics are tobacco, opium, betel-nuts, hemp, the coca leaf, the poppy, and the thorn apple." It details how snuff is made as well as opium, their sources, growth habits, etc.
The section on Perfumes and Cosmetics is also interesting, detailing how they are made. The chief concoctions used were "rouge, talc, or French chalk, pearl-white, carmine, patchouly, bergamine, cologne, civet, lavender, etc." And of course, it goes into detail into how each was made, and their origins.
Thus each Chapter delves into great detail to educate the reader, and instruct them with formulations and preparations for the 1890's period.
This hardbound book has a brown cloth cover, with an impressed black design cartouche around the edges. The center is impressed in gilt with the title, and the spine has the same gilt impressions. The cover boards and spine have minimal wear, this book is in VG++ condition. The front flyleaf papers are intact, and the pages are very clean with no writing. It looks as if this book was never read, just shelved and well taken care of. The book measures aprox 5 x 7.5 inches, and has about 360 pages with a comprehensive index at the back. It really is a treasure for any fine library.