First American Edition of One of the Earliest Mothercraft Manuals Published in the US
Letters to Married Women on Nursing and the Management of Children. The First American Edition, Printed from the Sixth London One.
Philadelphia: Mathew Carey, 1792.
SMITH, Hugh. Letters to Married Women on Nursing and the Management of Children. The First American Edition, Printed from the Sixth London One. Philadelphia: Mathew Carey, 1792.
First American edition. Printed from the sixth much expanded London edition. Twelvemo (6 1/2 x 4 inches; 165 x 100 mm). x, 11-167, [1, publisher's advertisements) pp.
Contemporary speckled sheep, rebacked to style. Spine ruled in gilt. Red morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. All edges speckled red. Minor chipping and scuffing to boards. Overall a very good copy.
"Hugh Smith (1730-90), Physician to the Middlesex Hospital, wrote several 'Letters to Married Women on the Nursing and Management of Children' which were published together in 1792 in a volume which might be described as the prototype of the modern mothercraft manual. In it, as might be expected, he strongly recommends breast feeding and indeed he apologizes for the necessity of having to raise such an obvious point at all." (A History of Infant Feeding. By Ian G. Wickes).
ESTC W13580. Evans 24796. Garrison and Morton. Norman Library. Sabin 82727.