Item #125971 A Visit to the Bazaar: by the Author of Juliet, or the Reward of Filial Affection; and the Port Folio of a School Girl. commerce Children's education in trade, improving employment for fallen women.
A Visit to the Bazaar: by the Author of Juliet, or the Reward of Filial Affection; and the Port Folio of a School Girl.
A Visit to the Bazaar: by the Author of Juliet, or the Reward of Filial Affection; and the Port Folio of a School Girl.
A Visit to the Bazaar: by the Author of Juliet, or the Reward of Filial Affection; and the Port Folio of a School Girl.

A Visit to the Bazaar: by the Author of Juliet, or the Reward of Filial Affection; and the Port Folio of a School Girl.

1820. London: Printed for Harris and Son, 1820.

12mo, 92 pp. 32 unnumbered leaves of plates. Original boards with printed title and illustration, red leather backstrip; quiet worn and rubbed with some text illegible, "Bazaar" written on upper board in early hand, frontispiece strengthened, some age toning and staining to pages but generally very good.

§ Third edition. Part of Harris's Cabinet of Amusement and Instruction series. The subject of the book is the real life Soho Bazaar, a vast indoor market founded in 1815 as a safe place where widows of the Napoleonic wars, as well as "fallen women," and other unfortunates could support themselves respectably. Stall fees were low and the range of crafts and trades present was wide. Wealthy customers, such as the parents of the children in the story, appreciated the opportunity to shop and "do good." In the story, little Caroline and Theodore and their parents make a thorough tour of the bazaar and 32 trades represented there. The expected milliner, pastry cook, grocer and dressmaker are visited, but so too are the bird seller, the artificial flower maker, the umbrella maker ("a recent invention"), the hair merchant, the seller of green house plants, the druggist, and the optician. Along the way the children learn tidbits about the methods of oyster divers, the invention of spectacles, the habits of humming birds, gun safety tips, and much more. In recognition of his importance, the illustration of the bookseller forms the frontispiece. Printed by Henry Bryer. Osborne II, pg. 744 (first edition). Item #125971

Price: $750.00