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TAYLOR, Mrs Ann   1757-1830


Mrs Ann Taylor was one of a family known as "The Taylors of Ongar'. Her husband was a non-conformist minister and her daughters, Jane and Ann, became well-known as authors of hymns and poetry for children.

  • Practical hints to young females
  • Subjects: ethics,

    • 1. Practical hints to young females, on the duties of a wife, a mother, and a mistress of a family. By Mrs. Taylor, of Ongar, author of "Maternal solicitude for a daughter's best interests' Fifth edition.
      1815
      17.5 x 10.5 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv-vi [vii-viii] [1] 2-168, [1] 2-12 publ ads   frontis engr  
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      Binding: blue paper.
      The frontispiece showing a mother and child is dated February 12th 1816. The publishers apparently retained the title-page of an earlier edition without altering the date, but adding the edition number. There are chapters on domestic economy, conduct to the husband, servants, education, sickness, visitors, keeping at home, recreation and the stepmother, together with introduction, conclusion, and remarks "to the husband'. Mrs Taylor's style is discursive and her advice is both moral and practical.

    • 2. — [Title as 1815, sixth edition]
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      The BMCat lists a sixth edition, title as 1815, as published London: 1816.

    • 3. — [Title as 1815] Tenth edition.
      16.0 x 9.5 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv-vi [vii-viii] [1] 2-191   frontis engr  
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      The frontispiece showing a mother and child is dated March 1st 1820 and signed 'J. Springsguth'.

    • 4. — [Title as 1815] Eleventh edition.
      16.0 x 9.5 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv-vi [vii-viii] [1] 2-191  
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      The title-page bears the quotation "Every wise woman buildeth her house, but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands' from Proverbs.

  • Present of a mistress
  • Subjects: servants, conduct,

    • 1. The present of a mistress to a young servant: consisting of friendly advice and real histories. By Mrs. Taylor, of Ongar. Author of "Maternal solicitude', and "Practical hints to young females'. Second edition.
      1816
      17.0 x 10.5 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv-vi [vii-viii] [1] 2-167 [168] [i-iv] publ ads   frontis engr  
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      Binding: blue paper boards.
      Frontispiece engraving is entitled "Lydia Miller' and shows an elderly woman reading her bible. This work was intended as a gift- book for ladies to present to their servants, particularly to young girls beginning work in domestic service. There is some practical information together with general advice on manners and behaviour.

    • 2. — [Another edition, 1819]

      Another edition, published London: Taylor and Hessey, 1819, is cited in AbCat, Summer 1979.

    • 3. — The present of a mistress to a young servant. By the late 00100Mrs. Taylor, of Ongar. New edition, by Miss Roberts, author of "The progress of creation", "Ruins and old trees", etc.
      14.5 x 9.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv-viii [1] 2-171   frontis, title-page engr  
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      Binding: green cloth, gilt.


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