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The Carlyles at Home - Thea Holme

London, New York & Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1965, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavy age-toning to the spine. Previous owners' name to the first blank.

Contains: Black & white drawings; List of sources; Appendix;

From the cover: “The house in Cheyne Row, Chelsea, in which Thomas Carlyle lived for forty-seven years, was built in Queen Anne’s reign, and became a Memorial to him in 1895. From 1834 until her death in 1866 Jane Carlyle was its presiding spirit; rarely can the day-to-day happenings in any home have been more closely described and discussed than in the writings of this unusual couple. Their domestic life deserved a special study, and Thea Holme has produced a most entertaining and instructive book which is a contribution to Victorian social history. The reader is able to share the Carlyles’ food, sanitary and clothing problems, their monetary difficulties, their pleasure in the garden and in the household dogs and birds; and to sympathize vividly with them in the incursions of the builders, the crowing cocks and piano-playing of their neighbours, and a long succession of trying servants. Lynton Lamb has made some delightful drawings to illustrate the book.”

Illustrated by Lynton Lamb. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Turquoise boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 204 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.