Household Books Published in Britain: all volumes
CHILD, Mrs Lydia Maria 1802-1880
Lydia Child, also known as Lydia Maria Francis, wrote a number of anti-slavery books and was the author of "The American frugal housewife' published New York: 1850.
- Family nurse
The family nurse; or, companion of the frugal housewife, By Mrs Child, author of "The frugal housewife", "Mother's book", "Girl's book", etc. Edited by an eminent English physician.
16.5 x 10.0 cm Pp [1-5] 6-152
The author describes her book in the preface as "a household which the inexperienced may consult on common occasions, or sudden emergencies, when medical advice is either unnecessary, or cannot be obtained'. The contents include chapters on diet, children's medicines, poisons, baths and fomentations, blisters, leeches, and common remedies. There are formulae and receipts for common medicines, ointments, poultices and for herbs and roots.
- Mother's book
["The mother's book', 1832]
The BMCat lists an edition of "The mother's book' as published Glasgow: R. Griffin & Co; London: Thomas Tegg 1832.
[Title as 1832] Fifth edition
16.0 x 10.0 cm Pp [i-v] vi [vii-viii]  2-168 frontis engr
GB: *Priv coll
The frontispiece engraving is entitled "The mother and child'.
[Another edition, 1835]
The NUCat lists an edition of "On the management and education of children: being Mrs. Child's "Mother's book", revised and adapted to the use of English parents and teachers" as published London: J. W. Parker 1835.
The moral, intellectual, and physical training of the young explained, illustrated, and enforced. Being a new edition of Mrs. Child's Mother's book.
14.5 x 9.0 cm Pp [i-iii] iv [v] vi  2-101 , [i-xvi] publ ads 6d
Binding: green paper.
General comments: "The mother's book' was first published in Boston in 1831, the first English edition appearing a few months later. It was an influential work which was quoted with approval by many later autthors. With the aid of various anecdotes, Mrs Child set out to explain how mothers should conduct themselves towards their children, and what standards of behaviour they should expect in return. There are chapters on the means of developing the bodily senses in earliest infancy; early development of the affections; cultivation of the intellect; amusements and employments, and on how to manage children of different age groups. Her advice takes the mother through to the teenage years and finally to matrimony, when her responsibilities cease.
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