Very Good. Item #7000
Philadelphia: J. & J.L. Gihon, 1852. 16mo (6" x 4"); x, 11-207pp + 12pp publisher's adverts. Full color frontis by Benson John Lossing, with engravings and illustrations throughout. Publisher's red leather with ornate gilt stamping. Gilt page edges. Boards heavily rubbed with corners exposed. Spine faded but gilding still bright. Small chip at bottom of front free endpaper. Occasional foxing, but interior clean and legible throughout. Binding is sound.
Reprint of an 1850 offering by Gihon, itself collecting four anonymous volumes -- by "An American Lady," "Lady of New York," etc.) -- here with those attributions removed and presented as a single volume. Via worldcat, The Lady's Work-Box Companion, The Lady's Self-Instructor in Milinery, and Instructions in Knitting were each published individually in 1844 by Burgess, Stringer & Co. in their Useful Books for the People series.