- Publisher: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge [S.P.C.K.] published under the Direction of the Committee of General Literature and Education, Sold at the depositories: Great Queen Street, Lincoln Inn Fields,; 4, Royal Exchange; 16, Hanover Street, Hanover Squa
- Format: Hardcover
First edition. Published 1848. Parts I, II and III complete, bound in one volume. Illustrated with wood-engraved chapter-heads and chapter-tail-pieces. ***Very good in the original blind embossed decorated brown cloth-covered boards, with gilt titles and gilt decoration to spine. Gilt bright. Corners of boards slightly bumped. Head and tail of spine slightly rubbed. Contemporaneous owner's name address and date in sepia fountain pen to front free endpaper: 'Fanny Coupland, Repham School Aug. 6th 1861, L?L?', and a more recent name in blue biro : 'Eric Coxan' to front pastedown. Pages clean. Spine tight. ***iv,121 pps, iv, 180 pps, iv, 163 pps and publisher's adverts to rear. 148mm x 96mm. ***'She always required some one to look after her; if she had to dust a table or chest of drawers, she would leave one corner untouched by the cloth, or if it was a chair, she would wipe over three legs and leave the fourth undone; and in sweeping there was sure to be a corner where the dirt was left lying. Miss Barnard, who exacted the most rigorous attention to her comfort, and who never viewed any little failing with indulgence, was incessantly ringing up Jessy to scold, and to make her do her work over again; and often, before the girl could reach the bottom of the stairs, an imperative pull of the bell would summon her back to execute in a better manner the orders given. Jessy thought the young lady extremely tyrannical, and endless were the janglings and disputes between them. ***Before Martha's accident, when she worked along with Jessy, the girl was kept in tolerable submission, and her work far from being overlooked was pretty well done. But now that Martha could not follow her, she was negligent, and often three or four times as long up stairs as she ought to have done. ***With great difficulty, the poor lame servant reached the second floor, and pausing a few moments to recover herself, she opened the door, and entered Miss Barnard's room, and there kneeling on the ground before the window seat was the little servant maid playing a game of dominoes by herself --- To play a game of dominoes had been a long-cherished wish of Jessy's --- She had often sought for an opportunity of trying her skill, but the person to whom the set belonged, always kept it locked up --- This morning --- she had forgotten to lock her drawers, --- and the one that contained the dominoes was left half open, and there, right in front, with the lid off, stood the box most temptingly open to view --- in haste --- she knocked a mug off the wash-stand, and broke its handle --- a valuable china mug --- and seeing a pot of paste for gluing paper, she attempted to glue the handle back with the paper glue.' (Quote from page 105-106, Part I). ***An extremely rare first edition, all three parts complete in one volume with woodcuts by Josiah Wood Whymper [Whimper], in very good complete collectable condition - an important primary source for social historians interested in the Victorian era. ***Of interest to collectors of mid-Victorian social history first edition titles and academics researching primary sources concerning the life of maid-servants and those in domestic service in Victorian Britain, and the woodcut illustrations of Josiah Wood Whymper, examples of whose work can be viewed in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. ***Four copies only of the first edition on COPAC. ***For all our books, postage is charged at cost, allowing for packaging: any shipping rates indicated on ABE are an average only: we will reduce the P & P charge where appropriate - please contact us for postal rates for heavier books and sets etc.