Thick 8vo. xix, , 25-559 pp. Steel-engraved frontisp., numerous plates, house designs, floor plans. Embossed & illustrated blue-green cloth over beveled boards, inset gilt lozenge corner of front cover, gilt lettering on spine, decorated endpapers (minor rubbing, slight bumping to corners, minor edgewear), still VG copy, w/ obituary laid-in, former ownership signature on 2nd flyleaf. First edition, early printing of this fascinating work on Victorian homemaking in America during the Gilded Age. Holloway (1843-1930), was an associate editor with the Brooklyn Daily Eagle subsequent to publishing her wildly successful Ladies of the White House. She details household management, nurseries, problems with retaining servants in upper-class Victorian households, sports and games for young women to maintain their health, including croquet, swimming, walking, rowing, and skating, books necessary in the household, medicine, hygiene, etiquette, a section devoted to Victorian home architecture complete with designs and floor plans, and much more.