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Common Sense in the Household, 1871, 1876, Harland

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Common Sense in the Household: A Manual of Practical Housewifery by Marion Harland. Written by Mary Virginia Terhune under the pen name Marion Harland, this cookbook also contains numerous helpful hints for homemakers, not just around the topics of serving food and caring for guests, but also tips on cleaning and keeping house. This cookbook was first published in 1871 by Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. This copy is from the 1876 edition.  This is a privately owned copy, not a library book.  The cover has been covered in brown paper to keep it clean.  Now, the paper is stuck to the cover.  You could probably take it off.  556 pages. Excellent antique condition. The binding is obviously perfect–very sound, still quite stiff. The pages are all very lightly tanned and completely clean and clear. The blank pages at the back are still blank!

This is Harland’s comprehensive cookbook, along with advice and instruction in cleaning, as well as tips on managing company, the nursery, the sickroom, and the servants. The book opens with a first person “sermon” on industrious housewifery called, “Familiar Talk with my Fellow-Housekeeper and Reader.”

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