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Our goal is to create books that bring the Victorian period alive. Our books are "reprinted with love" - if we don't love them, we don't print them! We offer a selection of never-before-anthologized collections of recipes, crafts, animal tales, history and Victorian life, drawn from our extensive archives of Victorian periodicals. Each of our books is "hand-made," with a custom-designed cover and an interior that has been painstakingly edited to be as readable as possible. Our books are informative, entertaining, amusing - and affordable (unlike the plethora of automated POD books scavenged from GoogleBooks). We believe they will find a special place on your shelves - and in your heart!

Time for Tea: Victorian Tea-Time Treats and Decadent Desserts

Indulge Yourself in Sweet Victorian Temptations! A Victorian tea was more than just a meal. It was a special time, a time of quiet celebration. It was a moment to be shared with friends, or with your loved ones... and sometimes, just a chance to be alone to relax with your thoughts and dreams. It was also, to be honest, a time to nibble on some truly delicious, sinfully sweet delicacies. Many of the tea-time treats and desserts that made their debut in Victorian times remain so popular that you'll still find them in British tearooms today -- and now you can bring them to your own table! Time for Tea brings you nearly 650 authentic Victorian recipes for cakes, puddings, tarts, fruit dishes, custards, scones, and a host of other mouthwatering treats -- plus tips on how to adapt Victorian methods to the modern kitchen.

A Victorian Christmas Treasury

If you love Christmas, thank the Victorians! The things you love the most about the holidays - the tree, the lights, the baubles, the carols, the cards - all have their roots in the Victorian era. This book is your ticket to travel back in time and experience a true Victorian Christmas! Discover how the Victorians themselves actually celebrated this most beloved of holidays. Find out how they decorated the tree and the home; discover tantalizing recipes (who knew there were so many recipes for plum pudding?); read children's letters to Santa; go behind the scenes to see how the Queen herself celebrated Christmas! This book brings you more than 200 articles, poems and stories from Victorian magazines - a collection that you won't find anywhere else!

The Victorian Times Collection, Vol. II: January-June 2015

Our second Victorian Times print collection brings you even more articles, poems, and pictures from Victorian periodicals, including loads of recipes, beautiful craft projects, fashion tips, etiquette, household management, and much more. This issue includes articles on: Eccentric Victorian inventions The Queen's pet dogs Life for the Victorian working woman Court cookery in ancient times Chronicles of a Britisher's ranch in California Beloved author E. Nesbit's school-days Victorian Valentines Victorian Easter Eggs Month-by-month guide to country customs and folklore Victorian fashion do's and don'ts How to be a city "swell" The Queen's tobacco-pipe (what was it, really?) Historic cases of mistaken identity "Americanisms" - what exactly is a mugwump? Unusual animals, including an orchestra made up entirely of dogs, and an orangutan that was the toast of San Francisco Postmen of the Victorian world The diary of an 18th-century Boston schoolgirl ... Plus elegant illustrations and engravings, charming poetry, and much, much more!

The Victorian Times Collection, Vol. I: July-December 2014

Our first Victorian Times print collection brings you a wealth of articles, poems, and pictures from Victorian periodicals, including loads of recipes, beautiful craft projects, fashion tips, etiquette, household management, and much more. This issue includes articles on: Tile Painting Stone Signs of London Flowers in History Adventures of a British Lady in Texas Duties of Servants Mungo the Mongoose Japanese Embroidery Motifs The Princess of Wales' Dogs Country Customs & Folklore Napkin Folding The Real Mary and Her Little Lamb Historic House Mottoes Advertising Swindles The Lore of Cats An "American" Sale Cars and Stages in America American Slang The Victorian Village Shop Women Soldiers in History Waiting at Table... Plus our overstuffed December issue on how to celebrate an authentic Victorian Christmas!

Bits About Animals: A Treasury of Victorian Animal Anecdotes

Victorians loved their pets every bit as much as we do today! Victorian magazines abounded with stories of the antics of cats and dogs - but "Victorian pets" were a more diverse bunch than our own. In this book you'll meet wise elephants, sagacious rats, jealous birds, a curious (but lazy) mongoose, a friendly stag beetle, and a companionable owl. You'll meet dogs that can calculate sums, cats that plot revenge, mischievous birds, traveling sheep, and dogs that "ride the rails." Make friends with a sociable pig, discover the true nature of the "fairy" in the soap dish, and encounter a bullying squirrel. This volume brings together dozens of never-before-anthologized Victorian anecdotes of pets and other animals in a collection no animal-lover could resist!

Needlecrafts from a Victorian Workbasket

If there is one thing Victorian ladies were truly good at, it was embroidery. (Actually, Victorian ladies were often good at quite a lot of things, but that's another story...) The Victorian period was surprisingly focused on "DIY" - and Victorian women plied their needles to adorn all manner of household items, from curtains to sofa cushions to piano covers. Victorian magazines were hard pressed to come up with new designs and patterns - and one rich resource for needlework was the "My Workbasket" column from The Girl's Own Paper. This column, which ran regularly from 1880-1883, offered instructions for a host of classic Victorian projects, such as sewing and work-baskets, antimacassars, pen-wipers, mats and doilies, baby clothes and more. You may not want to make a pen-wiper today - but the patterns are just as gorgeous as they were more than 100 years ago, and can be applied to any number of modern projects!

Graveyard Humor: A Collection of Quaint and Curious Inscriptions and Epitaphs,

Here lies my wife Polly, a terrible shrew;
If I said I was sorry, I should lie too.

What do you want on your tombstone? Chances are, it might not be the sort of inscriptions gathered in this delightful collection! Graveyard Humor, by W. Fairley, brings together more than 300 "churchyard curiosities" - epitaphs from graves in British churchyards and from around the world. It's a democratic collection, representing the high and the low, from such great names as Shakespeare and Byron to the humble village blacksmith and baker. In this collection you'll find warm sentiments, cold regards, and some downright ghoulish puns! It's as entertaining today as when it was first presented more than 100 years ago - and a reminder that, perhaps, the best eulogy of all is a life well lived...

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Magazine Abbreviations:
CFM = Cassell's Family Magazine GOP = Girl's Own Paper ILA = Illustrated London Almanack S = The Strand
AM = Atlantic Monthly C = Century Magazine D = Demorest's Monthly Magazine G = Godey's Lady's Book H = Harper's Monthly
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