The Carlyles at Home by Thea Holme soon to be presented for sale on the superior BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London, New York & Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1965, Hardback in dust wrapper.
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 Annes 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.
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.
Turquoise boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 204 pages. Index. 8¾” x 5¾”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I captivate you with this splendid selection from my Social History catalogue?