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MILES, Alfred H.   born 1848


Alfred Miles was best known as the author of a number of immensely popular childrens' books.

  • Household guide
  • Subjects: compendium,

    • 1. The household guide / a popular referee on subjects of household enquiry / including: housekeeping, furnishing, decorating, domestic cookery; needlework, gardening, medicine, law; amusements; &c., &c., &c. Edited by Alfred H. Miles assisted by a staff of specialists / with upwards of 100 illustrations.
      [1897]
      21.5 x 14.5 cm   Pp [v-vii] viii [ix] x [xi] xii-xv [xvi] 1-586   frontis engr, illus  
      GB:   *OPo(F)  

      The date [1897] is deduced from the preface and from a calendar included in the text. The frontispiece is entitled "A country villa'.

  • Household oracle
  • Subjects: compendium,

    • 1. The household oracle / a popular referee on subjects of household enquiry including:- house building, buying and renting; house furnishing and decoration; housekeeping and domestic cookery; plain and fancy needlework; home farming, gardening, medicine; law; an epitome of the history of the world and the growth of the human family; the formation of our mother tongue and the rules of English grammar; a dictionary of religions; stepping stones of English history and a sketch of the English constitution setting forth the rights, privileges and duties of the English householder parochial, municipal, imperial; the story of the Calendar, standards of weights and measures; arithmetical tables and tables of interest and a ready reckoner; household amusements, games, chess, cards and other indoor games, dancing, swimming, etiquette, &c., &c., &c. With upwards of one hundred illustrations / edited by Alfred H. Miles assisted by a staff of specialists.
      [1897]
      20.0 x 13.0 cm   Pp [1-2] publ ads, [v-vii] viii [ix] x [xi] xii-xv [xvi] 1-586   frontis engr, illus  
      GB:   LB   OB   *OPo(F)  

      There is the same work as "The household guide', with a different title-page. The BMCat dates it as [1897] and the OB catalogue has [1898].

  • Look inside
  • Subjects: compendium,

    • 1. Look inside / a daily household guide / being a popular referee on subjects of household enquiry including housekeeping, furnishing, decorating, domestic cookery, needlework, gardening, medicine, law, amusements, &c., &c. Edited by Alfred H. Miles assisted by a staff of specialists / with upwards of 100 illustrations.
      [1897]
      21.0 x 14.0 cm   Pp [iii-vii] viii [ix] x [xi] xii-xv [xvi] 1-586   frontis, illus  
      GB:   *OPo(F)  

      This is also the same work as "The household guide', with a different title-page and frontispiece. The title is in obvious imitation of "Enquire within' by R.K. Philp, an earlier and enormously successful book.
      General comments: it appears that the three different publishers of this book arranged separate publication rights with the author, and agreed to use different titles. A fourth title, "ABC of household management', is cited in Berryman and Walmsley's "Wine and food list no. 1'.


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