Philadelphia: H.C. Peck & Theo. Bliss, 1860. Calf. 12mo; vi, 7-300pp + 4pp publisher’s ads; brown calf, blind-stamped decorative borders, gilt stamped title and spine; all edges gilt; pale yellow endpapers; fragment of a bookseller’s ticket to front pastedown; frontispiece, half-title and 4 additional mezzotint plates with tissue guards; scuffing to boards, chipping to head of spine, light finger soiling to eps, light scattered foxing; very good. Very good. Item #967
Timothy Arthur (1809-1885) was an author and abolitionist. Many of his publications dealt with home life and were instrumental in the developing middle class of America. This book of essays on moral home life and child rearing, provided lessons in themes popular in antebellum America. Arthur also published a women’s monthly periodical, Arthur’s Magazine, later called Arthur’s Home Magazine, from 1844-1898. The preface of this volume starts, “As the mother’s rule at home is, so, in large measure, will be the characters of her children.”.