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PHILP, Robert Kemp   1819-1882


See also: Domestic economy.

  • Domestic medicine and surgery
  • Subjects: medical compendium,

    • 1. ["Domestic medicine and surgery', [1878]]
      [1878]
      GB:   LB  

      The BMCat lists an edition of "Domestic medicine and surgery; or, matronly aids to medical attendance ... by the editor of "Enquire Within"' as published [1878].

  • Best of everything
  • Subjects: miscellanies,

    • 1. Best of everything / by the author of "Enquire within".
      1870
      18.0 x 13.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv-viii [1] 2-388 [389] 390-408, 409-416 ads   engr title-page  
      GB:   LB   OB   *OPo(F)  

      The contents are arranged in twelve chapters, one for each month of the year starting with March. Each chapter begins with a disquisition on the month, followed by a "cook and gardener's calendar', cookery, miscellaneous and medical receipts and a variety of hints on household work and family life. The preface states that "it has been deemed advisable to arrange this work in months commencing with March, the opening of Spring... the contents...have been made appropriate to the particular month under which they appear'. There is a motto at the head of each page, and an analytical index is placed after the main text.

    • 2. — Best of everything. A domestic manual. By the author of "Enquire within". The eightieth thousand / with coloured frontispiece. PPPP London: Frederick Warne & Co nd
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-viii] [1] 2-388 [389] 390-408   frontis col  

      Binding: green cloth, gilt.
      The cover subtitle reads "A store of practical suggestions for everybody'.
      The frontispiece shows an assortment of elaborately arranged fish dishes.

  • Consult me
  • Subjects: miscellanies,

    • 1. Consult me, to know how to cook meats, poultry, fish, game, vegetables, soups, gravies, sauces, meat pies, puddings, food for the sick, &c. Consult me on confectionery; how to make biscuits, cakes, pies, tarts, creams, cheesecakes, jellies, &c., to preserve, &c., - and the art of sugar boiling, candying, to make sweetmeats, &c. Consult me, and I will teach you how to brew, to make wines, cordial tinctures, to pickle, &c. Consult me on household management and economy; I will tell you how to wash, get up linen, polish furniture - to keep the house clean and sweet - to beautify the person, &c. Consult me on diseases and their remedies, and I will point out their symptoms, their causes, and their cure; based chiefly on the medico-botanical system, so safe, effectual, cheap, and rational. How to cure colds, coughs, asthma, consumption, aches, pains, bruises, burns, &c &c. To make bitters, decoctions, extracts, electuaries, fomentations, gargles, infusions, injections, lotions, ointments, pills, plasters, salves, &c. Consult me on the games of chess, draughts, &c. Consult me how to dye in modern style, and the newest colours. Consult me on the cold water cure, which has benefited thousands, and which will benefit you. Consult me also on a thousand other things.
      [1866]
      17.5 x 11.5 cm   Pp [1-5] 6 [7] 8-460, [i-iv] publ ads   frontis col  
      GB:   *OPo(F)  

      Date from preface.
      The two copies I have seen of this work had different bindings, both cloth gilt, one patterned in red and black and the other in yellow and black.
      The frontispiece shows seven different domestic scenes with an interconnecting design of leaves and branches.The contents of the book are arranged alphabetically.

    • 2. — [Title as 1866] New edition / prefaced and improved with numerous additions, by the author of "Enquire within".
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [1-5] 6 [7] 8 [9] 10-428, [i-iv] ads  
      GB:   *OPo(F)  
      US:   DLC  

      Date from preface.
      Binding: green and black cloth, gilt.
      There is a half-title, "Consult me', placed before the title-page.

  • Enquire within
  • Subjects: miscellanies,

    • 1. Enquire within upon everything.
      1856
      18.5 x 11.5 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv [v-vii] viii-xxvii [xxviii] [1] 2-352  
      GB:   LB   *OB  

      The title-page carries the following "extract from the first advertisement to the work': "Whether you wish to model a flower in wax; to ornament a vase by the art of potochemanie; to serve up a relish for breakfast or for supper; to supply a delicious entre#1e for the dinner table; to plan a dinner for a large party or a small one; to cure a headache; to get married; to bury a relative; to establish acquaintances according to the rules of etiquette; to do, make, or to enjoy, provided your desire has relations to the necessities of domestic life, I shall be happy to assist you, and therefore, upon all such occasions, I hope you will not fail to "Enquire within'.
      There is a preface and an index. The contents were first published in twelve unbound numbers. Each page is headed by a different proverb or maxim. The text is arranged in 2,520 numbered paragraphs, approximately one third of which are cookery recipes.

    • 2. — [Title as 1856] Seventh edition
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv [v] vi [vii] viii-xxvii [xxviii] [1] 2-352  
      GB:   *OPo(F)  

      This is the seventy thousandth impression. There is a preface to the seventh edition.

    • 3. — [Title as 1856, eighth edition]
      GB:   Priv coll  

      An eighth edition was published London: Houlston & Wright 1858, according to information from a private collector.

    • 4. — [Title as 1856, twenty-seventh edition
      =see comments]
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-ii] iv-vi [vii] viii [ix] x [xi-xii] [9] 10-379 [380]  
      GB:   LB   LoEN  

      The "advertisement to the twenty-seventh edition' states that 277,000 copies have now been issued.

    • 5. — Enquire within upon everything / to whch is now added / Enquire within upon needlework.
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv-vi [vii] viii [ix] x [xi-xii] [9] 10-412   frontis  
      GB:   LoEN   *OB  

      This is the thirty-fifth edition and the three hundred and sixty- second thousandth impression. There is a preface dated May 1868.
      The illustrations are to the needlework section only, which covers thirty extra pages of text.

    • 6. — [Another edition, title as 1868]
      GB:   OB  

      The Bodleian Library catalogue lists a thirty-ninth edition, the four hundred and four thousandth impression, as published in 1869.

    • 7. — [Another edition, title as 1856]

      An edition of 1870, the four hundred and seventeen thousandth impression, is cited in the catalogue "Porcupines supplement'.

    • 8. — [Title as 1868]
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv-vi [vii] viii [ix] x [xi-xii] [9] 10-412   illus  
      GB:   *Priv coll   SSAT(Ra)  

      This is the six hundred and eighty-third thousandth impression and includes an advertisement for the fifty-eighth edition and a poem written by the editor to commemorate the four hundred and thirty thousandth copy of the book.

    • 9. — [Title as 1868]
      18.5 X 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv-vi [vii] viii [ix] x [xi-xii] [9] 10-412, [1-4] ads  
      GB:   *Priv coll  

      The seven hundred and thirty-eight thousandth impression.

    • 10. — [Title as 1868]
      18.5 x 11.5 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv-vi [vii] viii [ix] x [xi-xii] [9] 10-412  
      GB:   *OPo(F)  

      This is the seven hundred and eighty-eight thousandth impression and includes an advertisement for the fifty-ninth edition.

    • 11. — [Title as 1868]
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv-vi [vii] viii [ix] x [xi-xiv] [9] 10-112, 1-4 ads   illus  
      GB:   *Priv coll  

      Binding: blue cloth, gilt.
      The eight hundred and twenty-six thousansth impression. There is an advertisement for the sixty-second edition.

    • 12. — [Title as 1856] Sixty-fifth edition, carefully revised.
      18.5 x 11.5 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv [v] vi-vii [viii] [9] 10-416 [i-iv] publ ads  
      GB:   *OB  

      The eight hundred and seventy thousandth impression.

    • 13. — [Title as 1856, seventy-second edition, 1885]
      GB:   Priv coll  

      A seventy-second edition, the nine hundred and fifty-nine thousandth impression, was published in 1885 according to information from a private collector.

    • 14. — [Title as 1856] Seventy-sixth edition, revised
      18.0 x 11.5 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv-vii [8-9] 10-415 [416]  
      GB:   *OB  

      The title-page states that 1,013,000 copies have been issued to date.

    • 15. — [Title as 1868, eighty-second edition, 1892]

      An eighty-second edition published in 1890 is cited in the catalogue "Porcupines supplement'.

    • 16. — [Title as 1856, eighty-sixth edition]

      An eighty-sixth edition, published in 1892, is cited in the catalogue "Porcupines supplement'.

    • 17. — [Title as 1856] Eighty-seventh edition
      18.0 x 11.5 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv [v] vi-vii [viii] [9] 10-415  
      GB:   *OPo(F)  

      According to the title-page the total issue to date is 1,160,000 copies.

    • 18. — [Title as 1856] Ninetieth edition, revised.
      18.5 x 12.5 cm   P [i-iii] iv [v] vi-vii [viii-ix] 10-415 [416] [i-vi] ads  
      GB:   *OPo(F)  

      According to the title-page the total issue to date is now 1,201,000 copies.

    • 19. — [Title as 1856, ninety-first edition, 1895]
      GB:   Priv coll  

      A ninety-first edition was published London: Houlston and Sons, 1895, according to information from a private collector.

    • 20. — [Title as 1856, ninety-eighth edition, 1901]
      GB:   Priv coll  

      A ninety--ighth edition was published London: Houlston and Sons, 1901, according to information from a private collector. It brought the total issue to date to 1,304,000 copies.

    • 21. — [Title as 1856, 105th edition, 1909]
      GB:   Priv coll  

      An edition, the one hundred and fifth, was published London: Madgwick, Houlston and Co Ltd, 1909, according to information from a private collector.

    • 22. — [Title as 1856] Enlarged and thoroughly revised / special prize edition / the one hundred and sixth edition.
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [v-viii] ix [x-xii] xiii [xiv] xv [xvi] [9] 10-466  
      GB:   *OPo(F)  

      According to the title-page the total issue to date is now 1,404,000 copies.

    • 23. — [Title as 1910] one hundred and seventh edition
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [v-viii] ix-xv [xvi] [9] 10-466  
      GB:   LoEN   OB  

      According to the title-page the total issue to date is now 1,416,000 copies.

    • 24. — [Title as 1910] One hundred and tenth edition
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [v-viii] ix [x-xii] xiii [xiv] xv [xvi] [9] 10-466  
      GB:   LoEN   *OPo(F)  

      Date from LoEN catalogue.
      The total issue to date according to the title-page is now 1,450,000 copies.

    • 25. — [Title as 1856, 113th edition, [1923]]
      GB:   LoEN  

      The LoEN catalogue lists an edition, the hundred and thirteenth, as published [1923].

    • 26. — Enquire within upon everything / enlarged, revised and brought up to date by experts / the one hundred and fifteenth edition
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [1-9] 10-575 [576]  
      GB:   *OPo(F)  

      The total issue to date according to the title-page is now 1,550,000 copies.

    • 27. — [Title as 1856, 118th edition, [1939]]
      GB:   LoEN  

      The National Library of Scotland catalogue lists an edition, the one hundred and eighteenth, as published [1939].

    • 28. — Enquire within upon everything / completely revised and enlarged edition.
      21.0 x 13.5 cm   Pp [1-8] 9-532  
      GB:   LoEN   *OPo(F)  

      Date from information in text.
      Binding: green cloth.
      There is a preface to the one hundred and twenty-second edition which states that more than 2,000,000 copies have so far been sold.
      The contents have been reorganised and considerably re-written, but some sections are reprinted exactly as in the earliest editions.

    • 29. — Enquire within upon everything / 123rd, new, completely revised edition.
      21.5 x 15.0 cm   Pp [1-8] 9-444  
      GB:   LoEN   *Priv coll  

      Date from colophon.
      Binding: pale blue cloth.
      Although substantially different from earlier editions and with a new arrangement of chapters, this edition still includes some unchanged material from the original work. See, for instance, the rules for card games, instructions on tatting, and the miscellaneous household hints.

    • 30. — [Title as 1856, one hundred and twenty-fourth edition, 1970]

      An edition, the one hundred and twenty-fourth, published in 1970 is cited in the catalogue "Porcupines supplement'.
      General comments: "Enquire within' was easily the most famous work of its kind, and the title has passed into the English language as a catch-phrase which is still occasionally used. Apart from the evidence of its huge sale, there are references to its popularity in a number of contemporary sources. The music-hall song "Ask a policeman' has the line "In fact each one of them is a complete "Enquire within"', speaking of the ordinary constable. The book features in Sylvia Townsend Warner's novel "Lolly Willowes' and provided the title for a BBC radio series in the early 1980s.
      As the figures climbed towards first a million and then a million and a half copies sold, the publishers' prefaces adopted an increasingly excited tone, with plenty of block capitals and exclamation marks to draw attention to the book's astounding success. Yet Philp must have received or expected some adverse criticism at

  • New facts upon all subjects
  • Subjects: miscellanies,

    • 1. New facts upon all subjects. By the author of "Enquire within".
      [1875?]
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iv] [1] 2-336, [i-iv] publ ads  
      GB:   *OB  

      From the evidence of the text the publication date was later than 1873, and was probably 1874 or 1875.
      With index.
      Binding: brown and black cloth,gilt.
      Another of Philp's miscellaneous reference books, this work claims to be "useful to the physician, the artist, the chemist, the engineer, the manufacturer, the agriculturist, the gardener, and the housekeeper.' The contents are randomly arranged.

  • Take my advice
  • Subjects: miscellanies,

    • 1. Take my advice: a book for every home: giving complete and trustworthy information on everything pertaining to daily life: household management; domestic cookery; brewing, distilling; domestic chemistry, medicine; clothing; gardening; law; trade and scientific facts; indoor and outdoor games; domestic pets and pests; etiquette and manners; ladies' work; and something for everybody, etc. By the late editor of "The family friend".
      1872
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-v] vi-vii [viii] [1] 2-352   illus  
      GB:   NtCo   *OB  

      Binding: brown and black cloth, gilt.

    • 2. — [Title as 1872]
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-v] vi-vii [viii] 1-352   illus  
      GB:   *Priv coll  

    • 3. — [Title as 1872]
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-v] vi-vii [viii] 1-352   illus  
      GB:   *OPo(F)  

      The twenty-seven thousandth impression, according to the title-page.

  • Corner cupboard
  • Subjects: miscellanies,

    • 1. The corner cupboard / a family repository.
      1858
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv [v] vi-xii [1] 2-368   illus  
      GB:   BeRU   LB   *OB  

      The contents are apparently randomly ordered, and have evidently been reprinted in their original magazine format. Besides miscellaneous hints and recipes there are directions for parlour and outdoor games, some poems and eleven short stories.

    • 2. — [Title as 1858] Fourteenth thousand.
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [iii-v] vi [vii] viii-xvi [1] 2-368   illus  
      GB:   *OB  

    • 3. — [Title as 1858] Sixteenth thousand.
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-v] vi [vii] viii-xvi [1] 2-368   illus  
      GB:   *OPo(F)  

  • Dictionary of daily wants
  • Subjects: dictionaries,

    • 1. ["The dictionary of daily wants']
      1860

      The LB(S) catalogue lists an edition of "The dictionary of daily wants' as published London: Houlston & Wright. The date is given as 1858 to 1860. The work was published as three volumes in one and contained 1,136 pages.

  • Domestic world
  • Subjects: compendium,

    • 1. The domestic world. A practical guide in all the daily difficulties of the higher branches of domestic and social economy. By the author of "Enquire within".
      1878
      18.0 x 11.5 cm   Pp [1-5] 6-381 [382-383] 384-396   5 full-page illus, illus  
      GB:   LB   *OPo(F)  

    • 2. — [Title as 1878]
      18.0 x 11.5 cm   Pp [1-5] 6-381 [382-383] 384-400   5 full-page illus, illus  
      GB:   *OPo(F)  

    • 3. — [Another edition, 1887]

      An edition of 1887, title as 1878, is cited in Cooksbooks catalogue no. 18 of August 1980.

    • 4. — [Title as 1868]
      18.0 x 11.5 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv-vi [vii] viii [ix] x [xi-xiv] [9] 10-392  
      GB:   *OPo(F)  

      This is the eight hundred and thirty-eight thousandth impression and includes an advertisement for the sixty-third edition.

  • Family cyclopaedia
  • Subjects: miscellanies,

    • 1. The family cyclopaedia / a complete treasury of useful information on all subjects bearing upon the common interests and daily wants of mankind / comprising a second series of I. Things not generally known II. Things that ought to be known III. Things worth knowing / with full instructions, drawings, and specifications for the construction of cottages, dwelling houses, and villas, the whole forming a dictionary of social and domestic economy / copiously illustrated, and carefully written under supervision of the editors of the "Family friend".

      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv [v] vi-xii [1] 2-350   frontis, engr title-page  
      GB:   *Priv coll  

      Binding: green cloth, gilt, with cornucopia design on the cover.
      The frontispiece shows a large family of children gathered round their father, who is instructing them with the aid of rod, compass and book.
      From an inscription in the copy I saw, the book cannot have appeared later than 1865. From evidence in the text, the date of publication must have been later than 1858. I would incline to an earlier date of 1859 or 1860 because of Philp's other known connection with Ward and Lock, the publication of "The practical housewife' in 1855.
      The contents are miscellaneous and haphazardly arranged. A defensive paragraph in the preface answers the charge that the work is not an encyclopaedia, maintaining that "a glance at the Alphabetical Index will give assurance that we really present a "condensed cyclopaedia", an Epitome...'

  • Family save-all
  • Subjects: thrift,

    • 1. The family save-all / a system of secondary cookery supplying excellent dishes for breakfast, luncheon, dinner, and supper, from cold and other fragments / with invaluable hints for economy in the use of every article of household consumption. By the editor of "Enquire within" etc. Second edition.
      1861
      18.0 x 11.5 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv-v [vi] [1] 2-292 [ix] x-xxviii, [1-2] publ ads  
      GB:   LB   *OB  

      With index.
      There are two distinct parts to this volume. The first, "The family save-all', is a cookery book of approximately a hundred and fifty pages. "Invaluable hints' is a separate collection of practical suggestions for the household, garden and farm. The contents are arranged in numbered paragraphs.

    • 2. — [Title as 1861]
      18.0 x 11.5 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv-v [vi] [1] 2-292 [ix] x-xxviii  
      GB:   *Priv coll  

      The ten thousandth impression, according to the title-page.

    • 3. — [Title as 1861]
      18.0 X 12.0 cm   Pp [1-2] [i-iii] iv-vi [1] 2-342  
      GB:   LB   *OB  

      Cited in Bitting. According to the title-page this is the 12,000th impression.

  • Housewife's reason why
  • Subjects: domestic science, study,

    • 1. The housewife's reason why / affording to the manager of household affairs intelligible reasons for the various duties she has to perform. by the author of "The reason why - general science," &c.
      [1857]
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv-xxxi [xxxii-xxxiii] xxxiv-xli [42-45] 46-352   illus  
      GB:   WYoLUB   *OPo(F)  

      Date from preface.
      Binding: purple cloth, gilt.
      There are four separate quotations from Shakespeare on the title page.
      This was one of a series of "Reason why' books which aimed to make scientific information accessible to the lay reader. Both chronologically and in respect of its contents it lies midway between the servant's domestic catechism and the school textbook of domestic science, but as with most of Philp's miscellanies the information is not systematically arranged.
      There is an interesting preface with some supposedly autobiographical material describing the author's childhood attachment to "Owley', his grandfather's servant.

    • 2. — [Title as 1857]
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv-vi [vii] viii [ix] x-xli [xlii-xliv] [45] 46-352   illus  
      GB:   LB   *OB  

      The OB catalogue and BMCat both date this as [1859].
      Binding: red cloth gilt with a candle design on the cover.
      According to the title-page this is the ten thousandth impression.

  • Reason why, the
  • Subjects: domestic science, study,

    • 1. [The reason why: domestic science.]
      1869
      GB:   LB  
      US:   DLC  

      The BMCat lists an edition of "The reason why: domestic science' as published 1869.

  • Interview
  • Subjects: miscellanies,

    • 1. The interview, companion volume to "Enquire within".
      [1856]
      18.0 x 11.5 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv [v] vi-xii [1] 2-352  
      GB:   LB   *OB  

      Date from preface.
      The title-page carries the following explanation of the contents: "In this volume subjects briefly treated of in "Enquire within" are fully elaborated, and such additions have been made as the enquiries and suggestions of numerous friends and correspondents have shown to be necessary. There is, moreover, in "The interview", much pleasing reading upon moral and scientific subjects, so familiarly written that it will prove unusually interesting - and, among these matters, the "journey of discovery all round our house" will be found entertaining and instructive to old and young.'

    • 2. — [Title as [1856]]
      18.0 x 11.5 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv [v] vi-xii [1] 2-352  
      GB:   *OPo(F)  

      According to the title-page this is the eighteen thousandth impression.

    • 3. — [Title as [1856], fifth edition]
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [1-4] ads [i-v] vi-xii [1] 2 - 352  
      GB:   *OPo(F)  

      There is a preface to the fifth edition dated 1862.
      The title- page states that this is the twenty-eight thousandth impression.

  • Journey of discovery
  • Subjects: miscellanies,

    • 1. A journey of discovery all round our house / or the interview / a companion volume to ^`Enquire within upon everything". In this volume many subjects briefly treated of in "Enquire within" are fully elaborated, and such additions have been made as the enquiries and suggestions of numerous friends and correspondents have shown to be necessary.
      1867
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv-vi [1] 2-378  
      GB:   LB   *OB  

      From the preface to the revised edition, dated November 1866, it appears that this is the sixth edition of "The interview'.

  • Lady's every-day book
  • Subjects: compendium,

    • 1. The lady's every-day book: a practical guide in the elegant arts and daily difficulties of domestic life. By the author of "Enquire within", "Best of everything", etc. Assisted by the editor of "The practical housewife", "Wife's own book of cookery", "Every-day cookery", "Facts for everybody", and "The family friend", (Vols 1855 62.)
      [1873]
      19.0 x 13.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv [1] 2-363 [364]   4 full-page illus, illus  
      GB:   LB   *OB  

      Date from BMCat.
      With index.
      Binding: blue cloth.
      The contents include a number of culinary, household and medical receipts, together with paragraphs on domestic economy, the elegant arts, etiquette, indoor and outdoor games and exercises, pet animals, legal matters, gardening and botany, laundry and nursery, accomplishments, management of children and servants, dress and fashion, home decorations, income expenditure, health resorts, phenomena of the months and the histories of domestic articles.
      As with many of Philp's works, there is no apparent order to the contents and the index must have been indispensable.

    • 2. — The lady's every-day book; a practical guide in the elegant arts and daily difficulties of domestic life, by the author of "Enquire within", "Best of everything", etc.
      19.5 x 13.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv [1] 2-363 [364], [1] 2-3 [4-8] ads   4 full-page illus, illus  
      GB:   LB   OB   *OPo(F)  

      Binding: brown and black cloth, gilt.

  • Practical housewife
  • Subjects: miscellanies,

    • 1. The practical housewife, forming a complete encyclopaedia of domestic economy, comprising thoughts on housekeeping, family medical guide, aperient medicines, food for invalids, cookery for children, rudiments of cookery, domestic manipulation, laying-out tables, trussing and carving, food for the months, summer and winter drinks, useful hints to housekeepers, hints on familiar things, domestic and useful receipts, a copious index, making the reference to each item most easy. By the editor of the "Family friend".
      [1855]
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv [v] vi-xxix [xxx] [1] 2-192   frontis, engr title-page  
      GB:   LB   OB   *OPo(F)  

      Date from preface.
      Binding: copies were bound variously in blue cloth and purple cloth, gilt; with a cover design showing a bunch of keys and with an encircling motto "A place for everything and everything in its place'.
      The text is sparsely illustrated with diagrams showing carving techniques.
      Among the miscellaneous hints in this collection, perhaps the most extraordinary is the author's solemn advice that it is permissible to jump from a moving carriage if it is about to go over a precipice.

    • 2. — The practical housewife / a complete encyclopaedia of domestic economy / and family medical guide. By the original editor of the "Family friend", the "Housewife's reason why", etc. New edition, revised and greatly enlarged.
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-vii] viii [ix] x-xvi [1] 2-336   frontis engr  
      GB:   LB   LeU(B)   *OB  

      This edition is cited in Bitting, p.593.

    • 3. — [Title as 1860, another edition [1890?]]
      GB:   LB  

      The BMCat lists a reissue of "The practical housewife' as published London: Houlston and Sons, [1890?].

    • 4. — The young housekeeper as daughter, wife and mother / forming a perfect "Young woman's companion" in all her social relations, including practical instructions in plain and ornamental needlework, letter-writing, sick-room management, dress and clothing, house- furnishing, gardening, etiquette, and every other variety of household economy in the nursery, kitchen, and parlour / with copious notes of the months, complete history of domestic manufactures, moral and religious readings in prose and poetry, and four hundred golden rules of life. Compiled by the editor of "The family friend".
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv [v] vi-viii [1] 2-376   frontis  
      GB:   LB   *OB  

      The contents are based on earlier compendiums such as "The young woman's companion', first published in 1811. This work was probably published between 1850 and 1855. The BMCat dates this as [1869] which seems to me to be questionable, since "The young woman's companion' (see following entry) published in 1863 appears to be a subsequent edition of this work.
      Binding: purple cloth,gilt.

    • 5. — The young woman's companion in all her social relations / embracing practical instructions in plain and ornamental needlework, letter writing, sick room management, dress and clothing, house furnishing, gardening, etiquette, and every other variety of household economy in the nursery, kitchen and parlour / with copious notes of the months, complete history of domestic manufactures, moral and religious readings in prose and poetry / and four hundred golden rules of life / beautifully illustrated with numerous engravings.
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv [v] vi-viii [1] 2-376   frontis  
      GB:   *OPo(F)  

      Despite its different title, this is the same work as "The young housekeeper'.


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