I also posted about this in the women's forum, but thought it should be here too. Perhaps you have already seen this book, but I hadn't, and was very excited when I ran across it on Google Books!
It's The House Book, Or, A Manual of Domestic Economy: For Town and Country
, a companion to the more famous Miss Leslie's Cookery.
It was published in the U.S. in 1840 and this is the 8th edition, dated 1845.
To me the most exciting part is the section on home sewing and dressmaking. The wealth of detail about things like which twilled tape to buy, whether or not to use colored cotton thread, how to make men's shirts, how to make a front-opening gown that looks like a back-opening gown - whew!http://books.google.com/books?id=U604AQAAMAAJ&dq=%22corded%20corset%22&pg=PA2#v=onepage&q&f=false