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1861. The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine. Victorian. 1st magazine for English women. Very Good++!
The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine. / An Illustrated Journal, / combining / Practical Information, Instruction, and Amusement. Vol. III (second division.) Published by Ward, Lock, & Tyler, London. No date, but this was printed in 1861.The book is a collection of several issues and pagination starts at p. 58 through to 336. The Index at the front of the book covers pages past 702.There are many pages of pictures of fashion and patterns such as I have photographed. The book is larger format of 10" by 7.5" bound in red morocco leather on the spine and four corners. The title and decoration on the spine are gilt. The outer boards are marbled paper. Pages are double columned and very easy to read.
This was the first magazine for middle-class women and was edited by Samuel and Isabella Beeton (remember all the Beeton books for household management?). The complete issues are now very hard to collect. They are now an interesting primary source for Victorian Studies and Women's History and a major contribution to our understanding of Victorian society and culture.
They are fascinating when viewed as a woman's magazine, because, in spite of the passing of more than a century, they are still very like what is produced today. They contained serial romance novels, letters to the editor from the "colonies", fashion, patterns for sewing and crafts, and even hairdos and children's clothes. The only thing they didn't have at this stage, though they were to come soon enough, is advertisements. This is a wonderful reference for things Victorian and a very interesting read. There is, for instance, an article entitled, How the Irish Grievance Grew; history as it was being made. This book is a treasure for your library shelves.
Condition: All edges rubbed, several pages in interior have small closed tears and there is ¼ of one page cut out in the center of the book. Surprisingly, the book is clean, tight, bright with NO foxing and NO cracked hinges. It has yellowed and there are finger smudges on first few pages. Please view all photos for a complete description of the condition.
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