Household Books Published in Britain: all volumes
See also: Domestic economy.
- Catechism of domestic economy
Catechism of domestic economy. By Esther Copley, author of "Cottage comforts' etc. etc.
12.5 x 8.0 cm Pp [3-5] 6-130 title-page engr
This manual of instruction was intended for general servants and covers cleaning, washing, food, and childcare. There are also some questions on the scientific basis of housework, which suggests that this may have been used as a school textbook.
- Young servants friendly instructor
["The young servant's friendly instructor', 1827]
The BMCat lists an edition of "The young servant's friendly instructor; or a summary of the duties of domestic servants, etc.' as published London: 1827.
- Cottage comforts
Cottage comforts, with hints for promoting them, gleaned from experience: enlivened with authentic anecdotes.
17.5 x 10.5 cm Pp [i-iv]  2-236
GB: LB *OB
The contents are addressed to "the labouring classes' and are a mixture of moral advice and practical hints and remedies. Arranged in numbered paragraphs, they refer to moral character, choosing and furnishing a cottage, income and expenditure, cottage economy, keeping animals, gardening, the management of infants, the sickroom, lying-in, education and recreation.
[Second edition, 1826]
The University of Reading library lists a second edition as published London: Simpkin and Marshall 1826. The title appears to be the same as for the first edition.
[Seventh edition, 1830]
The University of St. Andrews library lists a seventh edition as published London: 1830.
[Eighth edition, 1831]
The BMCat lists an eighth edition as published London: Simpkin and Marshall 1831.
[Another edition, 1839]
The Leeds Polytechnic library lists an edition as published London: Simpkin and Marshall 1839.
[Seventeenth edition, 1841]
The BMCat lists an enlarged edition as printed London: Bungay 1841.
Cottage comforts, with hints for promoting them, gleaned from experience: enlivened with anecdotes. By Esther Copley. Revised and enlarged. Twenty-third edition.
18.0 x 10.5 cm Pp [i-iii] iv [v] vi  2-234
- Hints for happy homes
Hints for happy homes; or, family experiences. Edited by Mrs. Esther Copley.
14.0 x 8.5 cm Pp [1-340], [i-xvi] publ ads frontis, 16 full-page illus
GB: LB *LoEN
Date from BMCat and LoEN catalogue.
Binding: blue cloth, gilt.
The book is entirely unpaginated. Each of the chapters tells a different story which points a moral about domestic duties and includes a few practical hints.
- Young wife
The young wife; or, hints to married daughters. By Mrs. Copley.
15.0 x 9.5 cm Pp [i-v] vi-viii  2-234,  2-10 publ ads
The date of publication was proably around 1870. This comes closer to being a religious tract than Mrs. Copley's other works listed here, but still contains some practical recommendations for the supervision of a household. There are four verses from Proverbs on the title-page.
Subjects: general servants,
Subjects: servants, duties: general,
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