The Domestic Blunders of Women, by a Mere Man. By Augustus Moore. Illustrated by Yorick. First American Edition. Funk & Wagnalls. New York, 1900.

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Little is known of Augustus Moore, the anonymous author of The Domestic Blunders of Women. We know only that he was a mere man who authored at least this humorous and sexist volume. It concerns the stereotypical roles of women, and how they sometimes fail to fulfill them. The author frames his text as a response to the many guidebooks on domesticity published for (and by) women during the 19th century. This genre was incredibly popular, but Moore assures his readers that it is deeply flawed, and that he, a man, is surely able to provide better guidance. What follows are a series of essays about common domestic tasks and expectations. They are rife with dated punchlines, sexist assumptions, and gendered expectations. As a mere man, it quickly becomes evident that the author has no idea what household labor or childbearing entails. Paired with the text are cartoon drawings by Yorick, the pseudonym for British cartoonist and poet Ralph Hodgson. This work was originally serialized, seeing enough popularity in its day to be published in book form. It is a remarkable look at the comedic tastes of patriarchal England at the turn of the century.

This first American edition is in good condition. In the original black cloth boards, very good with only rubbing to corners and spine ends, and chipping to back board. Original orange and white stamping quite bright. Text block good. Former owner’s bookplate affixed to front pastedown. One quire loose but holding.

A peculiar and dated book of domestic essays on women.

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The Domestic Blunders of Women, by a Mere Man. By Augustus Moore. Illustrated by Yorick. First American Edition. Funk & Wagnalls. New York, 1900.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 5 in