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Housewife's reason why

By PHILP, Robert Kemp

subjects: domestic science, study,

  • 1. The housewife's reason why / affording to the manager of household affairs intelligible reasons for the various duties she has to perform. by the author of "The reason why - general science," &c.
    18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv-xxxi [xxxii-xxxiii] xxxiv-xli [42-45] 46-352   illus
    GB:   WYoLUB   *OPo(F)  

    Date from preface.
    Binding: purple cloth, gilt.
    There are four separate quotations from Shakespeare on the title page.
    This was one of a series of "Reason why' books which aimed to make scientific information accessible to the lay reader. Both chronologically and in respect of its contents it lies midway between the servant's domestic catechism and the school textbook of domestic science, but as with most of Philp's miscellanies the information is not systematically arranged.
    There is an interesting preface with some supposedly autobiographical material describing the author's childhood attachment to "Owley', his grandfather's servant.

  • 2. — [Title as 1857]
    18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv-vi [vii] viii [ix] x-xli [xlii-xliv] [45] 46-352   illus
    GB:   LB   *OB  

    The OB catalogue and BMCat both date this as [1859].
    Binding: red cloth gilt with a candle design on the cover.
    According to the title-page this is the ten thousandth impression.