Just in time for the Literature themed Historical Sew Fortnightly challenge, I found this beautiful ca. 1910 edition of Good Wives to add to my bookshelf:
Isn’t it gorgeous?
And it has the most glorious record of who it first belonged to:
Awwww… Second prize for attendance is a bit sad though…
Look at the inside illustrations:
I would happily make pretty much every-single one of these dresses!
The fashions are impressively accurate, as long as you don’t mind that they are more 1882 than 1872: a decade later in style than the books chronology would support.
They are particularly impressive when compared with the illustration in my previous edition of Good Wives, which dates to the ’40s.
Tee hee! Isn’t it hilarious?
It does make me froth at the mouth that they would pick the wimpiest scene in the whole book to illustrate though.
The cover isn’t as pretty either:
Now I have to decide what to do with my previous edition of the book. It’s not nearly as pretty, but I’m still rather fond of it. But I don’t need two…