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HEWLETT, Esther   


See also: Domestic economy.

  • Catechism of domestic economy
  • Subjects: general servants,

    • 1. Catechism of domestic economy. By Esther Copley, author of "Cottage comforts' etc. etc.
      1851
      12.5 x 8.0 cm   Pp [3-5] 6-130   title-page engr  
      GB:   *OB  

      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
  • Subjects: servants, duties: general,

    • 1. ["The young servant's friendly instructor', 1827]
      1827
      GB:   LB  

      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
  • Subjects: miscellanies, working-class,

    • 1. Cottage comforts, with hints for promoting them, gleaned from experience: enlivened with authentic anecdotes.
      1825
      17.5 x 10.5 cm   Pp [i-iv] [1] 2-236  
      GB:   LB   *OB  

      With index.
      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.

    • 2. — [Second edition, 1826]
      GB:   BeRU  

      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.

    • 3. — [Seventh edition, 1830]
      GB:   FStU  

      The University of St. Andrews library lists a seventh edition as published London: 1830.

    • 4. — [Eighth edition, 1831]
      GB:   LB  

      The BMCat lists an eighth edition as published London: Simpkin and Marshall 1831.

    • 5. — [Another edition, 1839]
      GB:   WYoLPo  

      The Leeds Polytechnic library lists an edition as published London: Simpkin and Marshall 1839.

    • 6. — [Seventeenth edition, 1841]
      GB:   LB  

      The BMCat lists an enlarged edition as printed London: Bungay 1841.

    • 7. — 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 [1] 2-234  
      GB:   *OB  

  • Hints for happy homes
  • Subjects: narratives,

    • 1. Hints for happy homes; or, family experiences. Edited by Mrs. Esther Copley.
      [1859]
      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
  • Subjects: ethics,

    • 1. The young wife; or, hints to married daughters. By Mrs. Copley.

      15.0 x 9.5 cm   Pp [i-v] vi-viii [1] 2-234, [1] 2-10 publ ads  
      GB:   *OPo(F)  

      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.


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