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Ladies Guide in Heath and Disease. Girlhood, Maidenhood, Wifehood, Motherhood. JH Kellog, MD. 1895. International Tract Society, London


Very detailed. Below are just a few of the subjects covered:

Reproduction and pregnancy (notable Victorian absence of the mechanics of reproduction but hugely detailed in the stages of pregnancy). Labour and childbirth
Errors in the education of little girls. Clothing of girls and women. Moral culture of children
Puberty (onset hastened by attending dance, the theatre etc!)
Mental equality of the sexes. Personal beauty
Courtship and Marriage incl characteristics of a man who will make a good husband. Purity - “every true man despises the flirt.” One object for marriage being “the preservation of species.”
The diseases of women
Diseases of children
Misc remedies incl: douches; massages; enema; lotions - most too horrible to contemplate nowadays (over a 100 years later)
Dietetic recipes, mostly gruels, teas, jellies and flavoured waters


Coloured plates throughout the book plus a pocket at rear containing a booklet of more intimate coloured plates which show female organs breast cancer; development of a baby in utero


673pp; b/w, sepia and coloured illustrations; decorative initial letters and chapter endings; glossary; index; appendix; decorated epps; marbled page edges; very thick heavy hard covers, gilt lettering and decoration plus embossed decoration; very good condition; one plate loose and with chipped edges; l/foxing on prelims and odd spots throughout
Covers: wear to corners; sl wear spine ends

A very collectable and very unusual insight into the way women were expected to live in 19th Century Victorian times

Thank God for Women’s Lib!




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