Malvern, PA (June 29, 2009) — Accessible Archives, Inc., a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases, has announced the finalization of its online database Godey’s Lady’s Book through the addition of the previously unavailable final six years. Coverage now spans the period 1830 – 1898, and features a fully-searchable XML-tagged file and the inclusion of the entire collection of color plates.
Published in Philadelphia, Godey’s Lady’s Book included extensive fashion descriptions and plates, biographical sketches, articles about mineralogy, handcrafts, female costume, the dance, equestrienne procedures, health and hygiene, recipes and remedies and the like, along with two pages of sheet music written essentially for the piano forte.
Gradually the periodical matured into an important literary magazine containing extensive book reviews and works by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edgar Allen Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and many other celebrated 19th century authors. The Lady`s Book was also a vast reservoir of handsome illustrations which included hand-colored fashion plates, mezzotints, engravings, woodcuts and, ultimately, chromolithographs.
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