Marietta, OH: The S.A. Mullikin Co., 1913. First Edition. Octavo (20cm); light green pictorial cloth, stamped in dark green and black; 162pp. Boards lightly soiled and toned; spine slightly cocked. Interiors show handling wear, intermittent foxing and smudging; binding shaken in spots; small (15.5x11cm) promotional prospectus for publisher's The Uplift Magazine laid in. Very Good
Young ladies who felt left out by professor T.W. Shannon's Perfect Manhood now have their own useful volume to help them achieve their own form of perfection. Framed as a series of condescending "mother's talks", our journey to a More Perfect Womanhood begins with looking at flowers and kittens, and ends with stern warnings of Personal Ruin through spooning (alone or with friends), sleazy novels, moonlit buggy rides, and the greatest menace to mankind: Modern Dance. Features a helpful photo-illustrated section on bathing (why this is not a concern for Perfect Manhood, one can only speculate) and the strange Chapter XII, which seems more a discussion of male sexual development.