Household Books Published in Britain: all volumes

Mother's book

By CHILD, Mrs Lydia Maria

subjects: children,

  • 1. ["The mother's book', 1832]
    GB:   LB  

    The BMCat lists an edition of "The mother's book' as published Glasgow: R. Griffin & Co; London: Thomas Tegg 1832.

  • 2. — [Title as 1832] Fifth edition
    16.0 x 10.0 cm   Pp [i-v] vi [vii-viii] [1] 2-168   frontis engr
    GB:   *Priv coll  

    The frontispiece engraving is entitled "The mother and child'.

  • 3. — [Another edition, 1835]
    US:   DCL  

    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.

  • 4. — 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 [1] 2-101 [102], [i-xvi] publ ads   6d
    GB:   LB  

    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.