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TRUSLER, JOHN 1735-1820
- The honours of the table, or, rules for behaviour during meals
The honours of the table, or, rules for behaviour during meals; with the whole art of carving . . . by the author of [']Principles of Politeness[']. etc. [Anon.].
London: printed for the author, at the Literary-Press 1788
16 cm. 120 p. pls. 2 sh. 6 d.
GB: LBL LWML LeU(B)*
US: DCLC KMK MiD
--2nd ed. London: printed for the author, at the Literary-Press, 1791. ANLW; LGL; LeU(B): DCLC; MB; NPV
--another ed. Dublin: printed by W. Sleator, 1791. --: CtY; MH; NYPL
1. For a life of Dr John Trusler see DNB, vol. 19 (1909), pp. 1195-6, where he is described as an 'eccentric divine, literary compiler, and medical empiric'. He was extremely interested in the wages and conditions of servants; see J. Jean Hecht, The Domestic Servant Class in Eighteenth- Century England, op. cit., passim. He was also keen on recording the household customs of his time; hence his work on the 'honours of the table'.
2. Scots Mag., vol. 51 (Nov. 1789), p. 544, confirms that the price was 2 sh. 6 d.
3. There were further editions in the 19th century; see BM Cat. (1964).
Bitting, p. 466; Oxford, p. 117
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