Chicago: H. J. Smith Publishing Co., 1903.
Hardcover. This 1903 "complete medical guide for women" is the work of Dr. Mary Ries Melendy, M.D., Ph.D. (1841-1927) and promises to give "full information on all the mysterious and complex matters pertaining to women." Within its pages, this tome of turn-of-the-century womanhood includes informative and illustrated chapters on the human body, physiology, menstruation, "creative science" or sex, miscarriage, abortion, contraception and means of limiting offspring, childbirth, "change of life" or menopause, and diseases pertaining to women and children, as well as advice on love, courtship, and marriage, nursing and childrearing, a great deal of guidance on physical beauty, and more, all fully illustrated in 48 full-page, half-tone illustrations and colored plates, as well as numerous in-text vignettes.
9 5/8" X 7". 448pp. Bound in full light teal cloth over boards, with Art Nouveau design in darker teal and gilt to upper board, three pictorial labels featuring portraits of women to upper board, letteredin gilt to upper board and spine. Moderate wear to binding, with bumping to extremities, scattered rubbing and soiling, some dimming to gilt, and tears to head and tail of spine. Previous owner's signature to front free endpaper: Clara M. Gidney "for my children." Hines are strong, text block a touch shaken, but still firm and sound. Pages are gently age-toned, else clean and unmarked. Good. Item #7895