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  • The whole duty of a woman: or a guide to the female sex, from the age of sixteen to sixty, &c
  • Subjects: women, etiquette, behaviour, cookery, recipes, preserving, candying, cosmetics,

    • 1. The whole duty of a woman: or a guide to the female sex, from the age of sixteen to sixty, &c. Being directions, how women of all qualities and conditions, ought to behave themselves in the various circumstances of this life, for their obtaining not only present, but future happiness. I. Directions how to obtain the divine and moral vertues [sic] of piety, meekness, modesty, chastity, humility, compassion, temperence, and affability, with their advantages, and how to avoid the opposite vices. II. The duty of virgins, directing them what they ought to do, and what to avoid for gaining all the accomplishments required in that state. With the whole art of love .... Also choice receipts in and chirurgery. With the whole art of cookery, preserving, candying, beautifying, &c. [by a lady]. 3rd edition.
      London: printed for J. Guillim   1701
      17 cm.   184 p.  
      GB:   LBL*  
      US:   DCLC   MnU  

      --4th ed. London: printed for [----], 1707. LBL
      --5th ed. London: printed for J. Gwillim, 1712. LBL: NNC
      --8th ed. London: printed for A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch, 1735. --: DCLC
      --6th ed. London: printed for J. Gwillim, 1718. --: CLU-C
      1. Although this work (1701 ed.) has the same main title and some similar sub-titles to the next entry, it is an entirely different work. Both works have preliminary chapters on moral conduct, but this work does not devote as much space to cookery as the next book.

      Oxford, pp. 46-7.

  • The whole duty of a woman: or, an infallible guide to the fair sex
  • Subjects: women, etiquette, behaviour, housewifery, cookery, brewing, wine, perfume, cosmetics,

    • 1. The whole duty of a woman: or, an infallible guide to the fair sex; containing rules, directions, and observations, for their conduct and behaviour through all ages and circumstances of life, as virgins, wives, or widows. With directions, how to obtain all useful and fashionable accomplishments suitable to the sex. In which are comprised all parts of good housewifery, particularly rules and receipts in every kind of cookery .... Also rules and receipts for making all the choicest cordials for the closet; brewing beers, ales, &c. Making all sorts of English wines, cyder, mum, mead, metheglin, vinegar, verjuice, catchup, &c. With some fine perfumes, pornaturns, cosmeticks and other beautifiers. [by a lady].
      London: printed for T. Read   1737
      19 cm.   iv, 692 p. pls.  
      GB:   LBL*   LeU(B)  
      US:   NPV   NYPL  

      --2nd ed. [Title-page only changed. The lady's companion.] London: printed for T. Read, 1740. LBL: KMK; NYPL; PPL
      --4th ed. with additions. London: printed for T. Read, 1743. ANLW; LBL
      --5th ed. London: printed for T. Read, and R. Baldwin, 1751. [In 2 volumes.] LWML; LeU(B): MOSV; MiD
      --6th ed. with additions. London: printed for J. Hodges, and R. Baldwin, 1753. [2 Sh.] LeU(B): DCLC; MB
      1. This work (1737 ed.) is not only different from the previous entry, but also quite different from yet another book with the same main title by William Kenrick, which was published in America as a purely devotional work, and went into several editions.
      2. 'Metheglin' is spiced mead.
      3. 'Verjuice' is a tart liquor made from crab-apples or sour grapes, and is used in cooking.
      4. Scots Mag., vol. 15 (Feb. 1753), p. 104, confirms that the price was 2 sh. for the 6th ed.

      Oxford, pp. 69-70


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