This is a 1901 marriage manual from relationship expert Emma Frances Angell Drake. Emma was a graduate of Boston University Medical College and a Professor of Obstetrics at Denver's Homeopathic Medical School and Hospital. But perhaps she was best known for her books.
What a Young Wife Ought to Know is one of many titles in her Purity and Truth, Self and Sex Series. The main character in the detective series, Anna Blanc, would definitely have read this book in secret, under the covers, with a flashlight.
Speaking of which, I first discovered this photo and information about Mrs. Drake from Jennifer Kincheloe, the author of the Anna Blanc detective series.
Here is a link to the first chapter of The Secret Life of Anna Blanc, which will be in stores on November 3rd. You can pre-order it now wherever books are sold on-line, such as Penguin Random House, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and Kobo. Also, independent bookstores carry it, like Tattered Cover.
You also should check out her blog - there is always fascinating tidbits about the Victorian era on it.
... now, go make something beautiful!
(¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥
OH! and yes, that's a black wedding dress in the photo above!