Item #31438 The Toilet, or Mamma's Gift, For Young Misses. Maria Mildmay.
The Toilet, or Mamma's Gift, For Young Misses.
The Toilet, or Mamma's Gift, For Young Misses.
The Toilet, or Mamma's Gift, For Young Misses.
The Toilet, or Mamma's Gift, For Young Misses.
The Toilet, or Mamma's Gift, For Young Misses.
(Chapbook)

The Toilet, or Mamma's Gift, For Young Misses.

Gainsbrough: H. and G. Mozley, 1800. Frontispiece and twenty-seven other woodcuts throughout provide visual aid to this young girl's alphabet. The chapbook has intentions beyond its overt rhetorical claim; it uses the mnemonic device of the English alphabet to educate young girls on the proper components of a woman's wardrobe. Each article of clothing, from the everyday to the occasional, is also accompanied by two lines of a four-line rhyming pair, the regular refrains reinforcing the chapbook's insistence on societal sartorial normativity. The reader is left with no room to doubt; the title page claims authority through the book's author, Maria Mildmay, whose religious title, "Sss," appears after her name.

32mo. 31pp. Bound in yellow printed wrappers, whose front cover shows a fishmonger poetically hawking his wares, and whose rear cover shows a gingerbread seller doing the same. Two instances of minute and unobtrusive tears, faint foxing throughout, else remarkably fine and entirely rare, with no copies in OCLC. Item #31438

Price: $9,500.00

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