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COBBETT, William   1762-1835


William Cobbett, now best known as the author of "Rural Rides', was a politician and journalist. He edited "Cobbett's political register', a weekly newspaper, from 1802 and wrote numerous pamphlets. He served as a soldier in Florida between 1784 and 1791 and subsequently spent a number of years in America. His writings express fierce opposition to urban expansion and industrialisation and their effects on rural life.

  • Cottage economy
  • Subjects: rural domestic economy, working-class,

    • 1. Cottage economy: containing information relative to the brewing of beer, making bread, keeping of cows, pigs, bees, ewes, goats, poultry and rabbits and relative to other matters deemed useful in the conducting of the affairs of a labourer's family.
      1822
      18.5 x 10.5 cm   Pp [i-iv] 1-207 [208] [i] ii-iv   1 full-page illus LLLL GB:  

      This work was originally published by C. Clement as a series of seven separate pamphlets, between 1821 and 1822. Cobbett wanted to revive the self-sufficient practices of earlier times and argued that new habits such as tea drinking, buying bread ready made and incorporating potatoes into the diet were enfeebling and impoverishing the rural working-class. The book is therefore part practical instruction and part polemic.

    • 2. — Cottage economy: containing information relative to the brewing of beer, making of bread, keeping of cows, pigs, bees, ewes, goats, poultry and rabbits, and relative to other matters deemed useful in the conducting of the affairs of a labourer's family, to which are added, instructions relative to the selecting, the cutting and the bleaching of plants of English grass and grain for the purpose of making hats and bonnets. By William Cobbett. A new edition.
      19.0 x 11.0 cm   Pp [i] ii-iv [1-196]   frontis  
      GB:   LaBCe   *LBL  

      The text is entirely unpaginated apart from the preliminary pages. The price is given in a prefatory note. The frontispiece shows three different varieties of grain.

    • 3. — [Another edition, 1826]
      US:   LOC  

      The NUCat lists another edition as published London: the author 1826. The title is the same as for the edition of 1828.

    • 4. — Cottage economy: containing information relative to the brewing of beer, making of bread, keeping of cows, pigs, bees, ewes, goats, poultry and rabbits, and relative to other matters deemed useful in the conducting of the affairs of a labourer's family; to which are added instructions relative to the selecting, the cutting and the bleaching of the plants of English grass and grain, for the purpose of making hats and bonnets; and also instructions for erecting and using ice- houses, after the Virginian manner. A new edition
      17.5 x 10.5 cm   Pp [1-184]   1 full-page illus  
      GB:   *LBL  

      The text is completely unpaginated. The illustration is a woodcut showing the plan of an ice-house.

    • 5. — [Title as 1828 edition] A new edition
      16.0 x 11.0 cm   Pp [1-5] 6-199 [200], [1] 2-12 publ ads  
      GB:   *WYoLUB  

      There is an index on p. 200.
      The last ten pages are headed "List of Mr. Cobbett's Books'.

    • 6. — [Sixteenth edition, 1843]
      GB:   NtU(S)  

      A sixteenth edition is listed by the Science Library of the University of Nottingham as being published London: Anne Cobbett, 1843.

    • 7. — [Title as for 1828 edition] Seventeenth edition
      18.5 x 10.5 cm   Pp [1-5] 6-197 [198-199]   1 full-page illus  
      GB:   BeRU   *LBL(S)  

      With index.
      This edition includes two additional sections: one, on Mangel Wurzel, and Cobbett's Corn, is written by Cobbett himself and dated 1831. The second is entitled "Instructions for using the meal & flour of Indian corn, published by the late Mrs. Cobbett in 1846'.

    • 8. — Cottage economy / by William Cobbett / with an introduction by G.K. Chesterton
      18.0 x 11.5 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv-vi [vii-viii] [1-5] 6-195 [196]   1 full-page illus engr  
      GB:   *ENLS  

      Binding: green cloth, quarter-bound.
      This is a reprint of the seventeenth edition of 1850, and the title-page to that edition is reproduced on p[1]. The engraving is by Eric Gill.

    • 9. — [Title as 1828 edition] with a preface by G.K. Chesterton
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-vi] vii-xi [xii] 1-220   1 full-page illus  
      GB:   *OPo(F)  

    • 10. — [Title as 1926 edition]
      19.5 x 13.0 cm   Pp [i-vi] vii-xi [xii] 1-220   1 full-page illus  
      GB:   *Priv coll  

      Binding: illustrated paper.
      This edition is photolithographically reproduced from the 1926 edition, with the addition of a publisher's note on the text.

    • 11. — [An edition, "Cottage domestic economy'
      =see comments]
      GB:   LB destroyed  

      The BMCat lists an edition of "Cottage domestic economy'. Extracts from Cobbett and other writers. (Compiler's prefatory note signed: I.B., i.e. Isabella Elizabeth, Marchioness of Bath) as being published Frome: Crockers 1829.


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