RECOLLECTIONS OF A HOUSEKEEPER

By: Packard, Mrs. Clarissa ; [Caroline Howard Gilman]

Price: $394.95

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Very Good


(5), 6-155, (1), 26 (ads) pages; Contents clean and tight in original tan cloth binding with gilt lettering in a decorative border on front cover. Original owner's name on first blank (after pale yellow endpapers) -- "Lydia Smith / Feb 26, 1834"; small indentation and stain (1/4") at top edge of rear board. The scarce first book edition. OCLC 2849465 Caroline Howard Gilman (pen name, Mrs. Clarissa Packard; 1794–1888) was a nineteenth century American author. Her writing career spanned 70 years and include poems, novels, and essays. Cindy A. Stiles asserts that Gilman is best understood as a “gentle reformer” and “early feminist” rather than a “sentimental moralist” (Stiles, The History of Southern Women’s Literature, 69). In 1819, she and her husband Samuel Gilman moved to Charleston, South Carolina, where her husband served as a Unitarian pastor from 1819 to 1858.In 1832, she began to edit a juvenile weekly paper, named The Rosebud, later called The Southern Rose. Gilman/Packard contributed most of the verses, tales, and novels, which were published in the periodical. For many years she also authored the Lady’s Annual Register and Almanac. Her book offered here Recollections of a Housekeeper originally appeared in The Rosebud in 1834. Based on the author's observation and experience, the book provides insight into domestic life and manners in the early 19th century America in novelistic form. These and her other works passed through many editions and were admired for “their practical lessons as well as their genial simplicity and humor.” For example: "What a desideratum is a cooking establishment, where families can be provided with prepared food, and a still greater to have our meals brought to us, now that the improvements in steam can give them hotter than from our own hearths. They could probably be furnished cheaper than on the present plan. ... How great a duty is it, then, to study modes of comfort, and preserve the song of cheerfulness in the routine of domestic industry." Clearly, this was the author's prescient call for the invention of Grub-Hub and Uber-Eats.

Title: RECOLLECTIONS OF A HOUSEKEEPER

Author Name: Packard, Mrs. Clarissa ; [Caroline Howard Gilman]

Categories: Social History, Domestic Sciences, Womens Studies and Women Authors, 19th Century, Americana and American History,

Edition: First Edition Thus

Publisher: New York, Harper and Brothers: 1834

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Size: 16mo

Seller ID: 42276

Keywords: Domestic Science Domestic Relations Women in the 19th century Womens Social Position Home and Family 19th Century American Social History