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The American Domestic Cyclopedia, New York, F.M. Lupton, 1890, first edition, thick 12mo (5" x 7.5"), HB, maroon cloth bds w/ gilt & black embossed illustrated titles w/ pictorial endpapers, VG / none. Extremities bumped & worn, front hinge starting, light soiling to edges of text block, prev owner's sig to front pastedown.

544 pp, 189 illustrations.

"A Volume of Universal Ready Reference for American Women in American Homes, Containing a Large Fund of Useful Information, Facts, Hints and Suggestions Upon the Various Topics Pertaining to Home Life, Including Home Decoration, Household Management, Domestic Affairs, Cookery, Ladies' Fancy Work, Medical Matters, Floriculture, Etiquette, Home Amusements, The Nursery, Artistic Embroidery, Decorative Painting, Lace Making, The Toilet, The Laundry, Etc."

Among the scores of hundreds of interesting bits of advice--"How to Keep Honey," a home-made fire extinguisher, "How to Take the Woody Taste Out of a Wooden Pail," "How to Clean Japanned Waiters," "Upholstering Old Cane Chairs," how to make gelatine frosting, and a number of very short plays to be performed and games to be played at home.    [Book ID # 1723]

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