SMITH, Hugh (1736?-1789)
Letters to Married Women on Nursing and the Management of Children
Philadelphia: Matthew Carey, 1792. 12mo. x, -167, pp. Publisher's ad on verso of the terminal leaf.
Contemporary speckled sheep, rebacked to style
First American edition of an early mothercraft manual.
The present first American edition based on the sixth London edition by the British physician Smith would be among the earliest mothercraft manuals published in the United States. Smith was a strong proponent of a mother breastfeeding her own child, as opposed to surrogates or by hand, for both the health of the child and mother.
Evans 24796; Austin 1760; Sabin 82727; ESTC W13580.