Philadelphia: The Curtis Publishing Company, 1893. With photo reproductions and hundreds of woodcut text illustrations. Lacking rear wrapper. Some light dampstaining to edges of wrappers. Slight foxing to front cover. Uniform toning due to paper quality. Some chipping to spine. A good copy of a fragile, scarce item. Printed paper wrappers with a large engraved illustration of a woman. Folio. 28 pp. Item #16773
Along with the standard fare of things like clothes and jewelry boxes, the present catalogue showcases working model steamboats and miniature engines, magic lantern projectors, and a multitool with interchangeable heads described as “a most convenient and useful article for wives and daughters,” (p. 25). Ten pages of the catalogue advertise an illustrated list of books for sale: gift books in decorative bindings, an illustrated quarter vellum edition of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Eliza Bisbee Duffey’s feminist health manual What Women Should Know, an interesting volume titled The Women’s Manual of Parliamentary Law, and Helen Hunt Jackson’s Ramona. Sets and series like the novels of Louisa May Alcott, the Henty Library of Historical Adventure, Macaulay’s History of England, and Ridpath’s United States History are also offered.
An interesting advertisement in the catalogue informs readers that the Ladies’ Home Journal offers full scholarships to the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. The advertisement is illustrated with photograph reproductions of the campus, a student’s dorm room, and class of students drawing a shirtless male model. Over a hundred scholarships to girls from twenty-four different states had been awarded.