We've added a few new books so to make it easier to find the new ones we have
bolded the titles of books added since
|Aldridge & Co Catalog
||A reproduction of a dry goods catalogue from 1858 Philadelphia.
95 pages. Paperbound.
|American Frugal Housewife
||- By L. Maria Child. One of the earlier cookbooks that, in
addition to recipes, also included some short essays of general advice.
130 pages. Hardbound.
|American Home Cook Book
||- By An American Lady. A cook book with hundreds of everyday recipes. Also contains illustrations of cooking equipment.
133 pages. Hardbound.
||- By James Thatcher. A thorough discussion of managing orchard trees, extensive listings of apples,
peaars, peaches, and other fruits from trees. 1825.
236 pages. Paperbound.
|American Spelling Book
||- by Noah Webster -- Also known as the "Blueback Speller" due
to its blue cover, this is a reproduction of a classic instructional
book of more than just spelling words. Originally printed in 1824. 168
|Beadle's Dime Chess Instuctor
|| A small book that instructs both beginner and more experienced alike. 80 pages.
|Beadle's Dime Book of Croquet
|| A small book that provides the rules for the game as well as
several different arrangements for the hoops. 28 pages. Paperbound
|Beadle's Dime Cookbook
|| A small cookbook that contains a wide variety of recipes for
all situations. 100 pages. Paperbound
|Beadle's Dime Guide to
Dress-Making and Millinery
|| A book of instructions for making garments and bonnets. 76
|Beadle's Dime Family Physician
|| A book describing 1860's treatment for a variety of conditions and ailments.
|Beadle's Dime Letter-Writer
|| A book of instructions for producing letters and some other
written materials. 98 pages. Paperbound
|Beadle's Dime Book of Practical
|| A book that packs a tremendous quantity of information for
proper behavior in society. 72 pages. Paperbound
||Check with us before ordering. We are out of stock right now and are looking for a new publisher. A blank lined notebook with a marbled paper cover. Perfect for military and civilian alike
for keeping notes in the field, writing recipes or patterns, keeping a journal, sketching, etc&. etc&.
about 70 sheets or about 140 pages if you use both sides of each sheet. Paperbound
|A Blockaded Family
|| by Parthenia Hague - A reproduction of the 1888 book that
describes life in Southern Alabama during the Civil War, including
substitutions for scarce items. 176 pages. Paperbound. Includes an
index by Virginia Mescher.
|The Boy's Own Book
|| by William Clarke - A reproduction of the 1829 printing of a
book of boy's games, sports, and other amusements. 316 pages. Paperbound
|The Boy's Book of Trades
||A reproduction of a book printed around 1860 that discusses more than 30 trades practiced
during the mid-nineteenth century. Includes numerous illustrations of tools. 316 pages. Hardbound
|The Child's First Book of
|| A book of basic instruction in arithmetic. Covers the four
main functions and fractions. 112 pages. Paperbound
|| A reproduction of a 1740 book of secular -- and often surprising -- Christmas
entertainments. Don't expect much pertaining to the sacred meaning of Christmas!
58 pages. Paperbound
|Confederate Receipt Book
|| A reproduction of the 1863 classic collection of Confederate recipes "adapted to the times".
The recipes are for a variety of items and not just culinary.
36 pages. Paperbound
|Crossing the Plains
|| by William Audley Maxwell. A reproduction of a 1915 book that describes an 1857 journey from
western Missouri to California.
179 pages. Paperbound
|The Domestic Physician and Family Assistant
|| - by Marlin Gardner and Benjamin Aylworth - A reproduction of an 1836 book providing medical advice, herbal remedies, and the 1836 method of treating ailments. 143 pages.
|The Education of a Daughter
|| - by Archbishop Fenelon - A reproduction of an 1847 book (originally written in France around
1687) providing advice for raising and educating daughters. 152 pages.
|Etiquette and the Usages of Society
|| - an 1860 comprehensive book of proper behavior in society.
|Every Man His Own Doctor
||Another medical book, this one from 1835, which not only address human ailments but also briefly touches on diseases in some animals 59 pages.
|The Family Nurse
||Another medical book but this time giving advice for home care. Originally published in 1837.
156 pages. Paperbound
|The Fashionable Dancer's Casket
|| - by Charles Durang - A reproduction of a period instruction
manual for dancing. It was originally published in 1856. 192 pages.
|The Favourite Book of Fables
|| A collection of timeless fables, each with its moral, from Aesop. 128 pages. Hardbound.
|The Florist's Manual
|| - by H. Bourne - A reference book for numerous varieties of
flowers. Originally published in 1833 and containing 73 color
illustrations. It also mentions in the discussion of each flower the
symbolism or meaning of the different flowers. 288 pages. Hardbound.
|From Dixie to Canada
|| - by H. U. Johnson - A reproduction of an 1894 book describing the escapes of nine different
slaves on the Underground Railroad. Although it is based on recollection, it provides some idea of the
methods used in operating the Railroad. And, although I haven't read every one of the stories so far, there
isn't a single mention of an Underground Railroad quilt. 194 pages. Hardbound.
|The Girl's Own Book
|| by L. Maria Child - A reproduction of the 1834 book of
games, puzzles, handcrafts, and other activities. 288 pages. Paperbound
|Hand Shadows and More Hand Shadows
|| - A combined reproduction of two 1859 books showing how to
make different shadow images. No numbered pages but contains 31 shadow
|Hand Book of Knitting and Netting
||A reproduction of an 1849 book of knitting and netting instructions for different items. See
the detailed writeup
for a listing of the items that have instructions in the book. 64 pages.
|Handmaid to the Arts
|| - A reproduction of a 1764 book containing instructions for staining wood, ivory, bone, horn,
paper, and stone. 28 pages. Paperbound.
|| A high quality reproduction of the issues (November 1860
through November 1865) that related most to the civil war. A valuable
tool for viewing the life of ordinary people and their concerns and
interests as well as a prop for anyone interpreting the civil war
period. Especially good as a "haversack stuffer" for soldiers. For a
full description, use the link to the detailed write-ups.
|| by Louisa May Alcott - The author of Little Women records
her experiences while working in a Washington hospital. Originally
published in 1863. 96 pages. Paperbound.
|The Illustrated Language of Flowers
|| by Mrs. L. Burke - A small book first published in 1865 that both identifies the sentiments for each flower listed and also cross references the flower associated with different emotions, attributes, or situations. 95 pages. Paperbound.
|The Kentucky Housewife
|| by Mrs. Lettice Bryan - A reproduction of a cookbook
originally published in 1839. Contains a wealth of culinary recipes as
well as some household recipes. 456 pages. Paperbound.
|The Knitter's Companion
|| by Mrs. Mee and Miss Austin - A reproduction of an instruction booklet
published in London with a collection of knitting patterns. Originally published pre-1862.
39 pages. Paperbound.
|The Knitter's Companion: Second Series
|| by Mrs. Mee and Miss Austin - A second reproduction of an instruction booklet
published in London with more knitting patterns. Originally published in 1862.
30 pages. Paperbound.
|The Language and Sentiment
|| by James D. McCabe - The exact publication date of this book
is unknown. But, when the meanings of the floweres are compared to
period books on the same topic, they are very similar. 96 pages with
many color illustrations. Hardbound.
|Madam Le Marchand's Fortune Teller
|| by Madam Le Marchand - A guide to fortune telling using dice, cards, and other means as well as interpretation of dreams. 134 pages. Paperbound.
|The Magic Lantern #5
|| This is a book with a set of cutout figures to use to perform a magic lantern show. Some
are supplied but the user is free to make plays with their own dialogue. Paperbound.
|Martine's Hand-Book of Etiquette,
and Guide to True Politeness
|| by Arthur Martine - Back in Stock. Although this book was first published
in 1866, it is a good guide to proper behavior during the period of the
Civil War because manners did not change that much in the intervening
years. 167 pages. Paperbound.
|McGuffey's Readers and Speller
|| by William H. McGuffey - A reproduction of the famous series
of readers and the companion speller that were a common schoolbook in
the 19th century. Number of pages vary by the volume. Details are at
the next page level so click here for more details.
||Prices Vary by Volume
|| by Horace Mayhew - A reproduction of an English satirical book first published in 1847. It
pokes fun at various masculine roles. Although English, the roles were either universal or had
counterparts in the United States. 88 pages plus several pages of advertisements. Paperbound
|The Mother's Book
|| by L. Maria Child - Originally published in 1831, this book
was used for decades as a guide for raising children, including the
process of instilling social values. Much of the advice is still
applicable in today's world. 169 pages. Hardbound.
|Mrs. Hill's New Cook Book
|| by Mrs. A. P. Hill - A reproduction of the cook book
published by a Mrs. Hill not the wife of General A.P. Hill
originally copyrighted in 1870. Still very close to the civil war
period. 427 pages. Paperbound.
|The Natural History of the Flirt
|| by Albert Smith - a humorous examination feminine flirtation. 107 pages. Paperbound.
|The New Knitter or Lady's Work Table
|| A collection of knitting projects. Most projects are decorative items or trims although
a few clothing pieces. 75 pages. Paperbound.
Paper Dolls and How to Make Them
|| (No Author Stated but written by C. B. Allair) - This book was originally
published in 1856. It has been carefully reproduced so that the reproduction bears a striking resemblance to what an original would have looked like when it was new. The ISBN label can be peeled off (or omitted completely if you desire) so that it can be taken to the field by reenactors and used in period scenarios.
22 pages of text and 8 color plates. Paperbound.
|Parlour Games, Book of
|| The publisher of this book is currently out of stock. We have requested copies when it
is printed again but we don't know when that will be. We will post a note here when it is available
by Catherine H. Waterman - This book was originally
published in 1854 and was one of the first books on parlor games that
we have seen. Also contains rebuses, period charades, and enigmas. 288
|| by D.G. Brintio, M.D. and George H. Hapheys, M.D. - A
reproduction of a book that discusses the beautifying practices of the
time period. Originally copyrighted in 1870. 309 pages. Paperbound.
|A Plain Cookery Book for the Working Classes
|| by Charles Elme Francatelli - A reproduction of a cook book with relatively simple fare. From an original printed in 1861. 105 pages. Paperbound.
|Pollock's Toy Theatre||This publication is also in the
"Toys". This theater that you can build
comes as a large format book. You cut out the pieces, glue it together, and put on a
|Pollock's Blackbeard the Pirate Toy Theatre||
This publication is also in the "Toys". This play is similar
to the previous item in that it comes as a book and you can cut out scenery and players and use
the script included. Click on this item for a full writeup.||$ 13.95
|Ray's Arithmetic Series
|| - by Joseph Ray. Although there were Ray's Arithmetic books
produced during the 1840's, this edition is from post war. There were
some changes in these later editions in exact content and the order of
some sections, but the teaching methods and style of problems are the
same as the earlier ones. This is the best available reproduction of a
series of nineteenth century arithmetic books. Number of pages vary by
the volume. Hardbound. Details about each volume are at the next page
||Prices Vary by Volume
|Seventy-Five Receipts for Pastry,
Cakes and Sweetmeats
|| by A Lady of Philadelphia - A reproduction of an 1858 book
written by Eliza Leslie. 88 pages. Paperbound.
|| Descriptions are in the listing for "Modern Books" since they were written in the 20th century.
These are reprints of the books produced by the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress
Administration. They record interviews and other recollections of former slaves. Currently we
carry the narratives for the states of Maryland, South Carolina, and Virginia but can get other
states if there is demand. Number of pages vary by state.
||$ 14.95 per state volume
|The Sociable or 1001 Home
|| by George Arthur. This reproduction is "the Bible" for
home-grown entertainments. It contains parlor games, tableaux vivants,
charades (not at all like the modern game), magic, and much more. 375
|The Southern Gardener
|| by P. Thornton. This reproduction, originally published in 1845, contains instructions for
gardening in the South as well as numerous cooking, medical, and veterinary receipts.
Paperbound. 403 pages
|| by J. H. Brown. This reproduction, originally published in 1863 in England, contains
images that you stare at and then look at a neutral background. What appears on that background is a
"ghost" of the image but with colors reversed, e.g., what was red now appears as green.
Paperbound. 11 pages of text plus 16 color images
|Spencerian Copy Books
||These books are a facimile of the books used to learn
Spencerian style penmanship during the nineteenth century. Also
includes a Theory Book. See the next level page level for details.
||Varies by book and quantity
|Ten Nights in a Bar-room and What I Saw
|| by T.S. Arthur. This is a reproduction of a classic book
promoting temperance. It is a must for a full understanding of the
sentiments of the period temperance movement and for anyone doing a
temperance scenario. 240 pages. Paperbound.
|What Mrs. Fisher Knows
|| by Mrs. Abby Fisher. This is a reproduction of what is
billed as the first African-American cookbook. But, although published
in 1881, due to the age of Mrs. Fisher at the end of the civil war it
is probably a reasonable sample of plantaion style cooking from the
ante-bellum and civil war period. 94 pages. Paperbound.
|A Winter Gift for Ladies
|| by An American Lady. This is a reproduction of a small booklet with
patterns for knitting, netting, and crotchet. Originally published in 1847.
65 pages. Paperbound.