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Gentlewoman's companion or guide to the femal sex

By Wolley, Hannah

subjects: serving, servants, behaviour, cookery, medicine, conserves,

  • 1. The / Gentlewoman's Companion; / or, a / Guide to the / Female Sex: / Containing / Directions of Behaviour, in all places, companies, / relations, and conditions,from their child - / hood to old Age: viz.as, /
    Children to Parents Huswifes to the House
    Scholars to Governors Mistresses to Servants
    Single to Servants Mothers to Children
    Virgins to Suitors Widows to the World
    Married to Husbands. Prudent to all.
    With Letters & Discourses / upon all Occasions. / Whereunto is added, A Guide for Cook- maids, Dairy - /maids, Chamber-maids, and all others that go into Service - / The whole beingn an exact rule for the Female Sex in General.
    A. Maxwell   Edward Thomas   1675
    10.5 x 16   [i-xxvi] 1-262 [263-273]   8o A8 B8 B-S8
    GB:   LB  

    The book is very similar in structure to "The Ladies Delight" (1672). It is difficult to know whether this was a 'knock-off' of a popular book, a re-editing for a different, servant, audience. See following entries, especially the citation from 1655, which imply that it may be an early version, possibly the first publishing of Hannah Wooley's work, and occurring at a time when the genre was offering books in three parts. She notes that she draws on her "Ladies Directory" and "Cook's Guide"; and says she has used the "Queen's Closet", Robert May, and the "Ladies Companion" The book contains advice on serving, on cookery (material from "Cook's Guide" from 116), on medicine (from 161), and preserves and conserves (185-203). The printing is crude, with no clear chapter headings, cheap production.

    Wing: Thomas, Edward, 1675, see W3277 for entry below. Also entries; 3276A - 1673, 3278 - 1682.

  • 2. — The gentlewomans companion; or, a guide to the female sex... With letters and discourses upon all occasions. Whereunto is added, a guide for cook-maids... and all others that go to service...
    London   1655

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  • 3. — The gentlewomans companion : or, A guide to the female sex: containing directions of behaviour, in all places, companies, relations, and conditions ... Whereunto is added a guide for cook-maids, dairy-maids ...
    A. Maxwell   Dorman Newman   1673

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  • 4. — The gentlewomans companion; or, A guide to the female sex : containing directions of behaviour, in all places companies, relations, and conditions, from their childhood down to old age: viz. As, children to parents. Scholars to governours. Single to servants. Virgins to suitors. Married to husbands. Huswifes to the house. Mistresses to servants. Mothers to children. Widows to the world. prudent to all. With letters and discourses upon all occasions. Whereunto is added, a guide for cook-maids, dairy-maids, chamber-maids, and all others that go to service. The whole being an exact rule for the female sex in general. The third edition.
    T. J.   Edward Thomas   1682

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