|Publisher||Ticknor & Fields|
Ticknor and Fields. Boston 1864 printing, dated as follows: January, 1864-June 1864. Wonderful antique volume, .75 leather covers, gold embossed spine, vignette on title page. Volume contains interesting articles on Washington Irving and William Makepeace Thackeray. Truly a remarkable find - perfect for home or collection. Some wear/age, hinges cracked, binding intact with some play, some smudging on pages, some age and wear to outside, blue rubber stamp on some pages in top right corner. Joan Hedrick, in her Pulitzer-Prize winning biography of Harriet Beecher Stowe calls HOUSE AND HOME PAPERS, the author's "most successful wartime series." In the first number, "Ravages of a Carpet" she tells of the "seemingly innocent introduction of a new carpet into the modest home of Christopher Crowfield." The creation of vast amounts of consumer goods led to their immediate (and conspicuous?) consumption by a growing Northern middle class. Mrs. Stowe made this subtle point by noting the new carpet and other newly purchased goods filling the parlor sat "shut up like a mausoleum" while the family and friends gathered in the old, worn, -- and clearly more comfortable -- library of Mr. Crowfield. Hedrick also sees as telling the choice of a male voice by Mrs. Stowe, indicating the rise of the male literary establishment and the concurrent "devaluing women's culture and women's literary achievement during what had been the formative years of American literature." An important Stowe title. Narrative on servants, cookery, housekeeping and home design. Measures approx. 6.5"x9.5". 780 pages.