The Bedroom and the Boudoir. By Lady Barker
[ Broome,Mary Ann].

London: Macmillan, 1878. First edition, a presentation copy inscribed and signed in ink on the half-title by the author: “Mrs. Leonard Cohen/from/M.A. Broome/ Xmas 1907.” Part of the “Art at Home Series.” Thirty-two wood-engraved illustrations, including frontispiece with tissue guard, and numerous smaller illustrations in text. Vignette title-page, headpieces and initial letters Small 1” split to upper front board, vellum lightly soiled, slight foxing to preliminaries and a few gatherings toward the end. A very good copy. Full later vellum, boards with gilt floral pattern, gilt-lettered brown morocco spine label, marbled endpapers. Small octavo. . [xii], 116 pp. (Item ID: 16085)


Mary Anne Broome (1831-1911) was first married to Captain George Robert Barker (1817-1861). Following his death, she married Frederick Napier Broome. Broome published several books about her colonial experiences in New Zealand, including Station Life in New Zealand (1870). She also wrote children’s books, a cookbook, and books about housekeeping, which were popular. After her husband was appointed KCMG, she became Lady Broome. In The Bedroom and the Boudoir, she compares decorating a suburban home to the struggles of colonial living, provides insight into the lives of the Victorian middle class, and expounds upon the “sanitary” and “ornamental” treatment of the bedroom, furnishings, carpets, draperies, wardrobes, etc.

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