Lot 121
[BOOKPLATE ] [WOMEN] BEECHER Domestic Economy 1843

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Beecher, Catharine. A Treatise on Domestic Economy, For the Use of Young Ladies At Home and At School. Revised edition, with numerous additions and illustrative engravings. Boston: Thomas H. Webb & Co., 1843. 383 p.; Illustrations throughout. Glossary and index at end covering subjects as diverse as cooking, cleaning, architecture (a chapter is titled, The Construction of Houses), pruning, charity, and even poisoning.

Original full calf, paper library labels on spine, below the red Mor. one, simple pocket, with card, on inside back cover, facing an unused check sheet; covering the inside front cover are a pair of over-lapping bookplates, including a simple but decorative example of an instructive library bookplate, in bold type, reading, This Book belongs to the East-Hampton Library Company, to be returned on the first Monday of April, June, August, October, December, and February, by nine o'clock in the evening. A later, longer, more proscriptive and bureaucratic but less decorative bookplate for the same library partially covers the lower edge of the earlier, smaller bookplate. Title page has a blue ink library stamp, as well. Endpapers present, small stress holes at stitching, along with minor foxing about the only internal wear... A well-preserved copy, unsophisticated, covers and corners rubbed or scuffed, one short gouge mark.

According to a contemporary Smithsonian Inst. report on libraries, the East Hampton Library Company, founded by Dr. Lyman Beecher in 1803, had 563 volumes at the start of 1850-- this book is numbered 533. Lyman Beecher (October 12, 1775 – January 10, 1863) was a Presbyterian minister, and the father of 13 children, many of whom became noted figures, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Ward Beecher, Charles Beecher, Edward Beecher, Isabella Beecher Hooker, Catharine Beecher, and Thomas K. Beecher. (Wikipedia)

Catharine Beecher was born in East Hampton, NY on September 6, 1800, where her father began his remarkable career as a minister & educator. 

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