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Practical housewife

By PHILP, Robert Kemp

subjects: miscellanies,

  • 1. The practical housewife, forming a complete encyclopaedia of domestic economy, comprising thoughts on housekeeping, family medical guide, aperient medicines, food for invalids, cookery for children, rudiments of cookery, domestic manipulation, laying-out tables, trussing and carving, food for the months, summer and winter drinks, useful hints to housekeepers, hints on familiar things, domestic and useful receipts, a copious index, making the reference to each item most easy. By the editor of the "Family friend".
    [1855]
    18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv [v] vi-xxix [xxx] [1] 2-192   frontis, engr title-page
    GB:   LB   OB   *OPo(F)  

    Date from preface.
    Binding: copies were bound variously in blue cloth and purple cloth, gilt; with a cover design showing a bunch of keys and with an encircling motto "A place for everything and everything in its place'.
    The text is sparsely illustrated with diagrams showing carving techniques.
    Among the miscellaneous hints in this collection, perhaps the most extraordinary is the author's solemn advice that it is permissible to jump from a moving carriage if it is about to go over a precipice.

  • 2. — The practical housewife / a complete encyclopaedia of domestic economy / and family medical guide. By the original editor of the "Family friend", the "Housewife's reason why", etc. New edition, revised and greatly enlarged.
    18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-vii] viii [ix] x-xvi [1] 2-336   frontis engr
    GB:   LB   LeU(B)   *OB  

    This edition is cited in Bitting, p.593.

  • 3. — [Title as 1860, another edition [1890?]]
    GB:   LB  

    The BMCat lists a reissue of "The practical housewife' as published London: Houlston and Sons, [1890?].

  • 4. — The young housekeeper as daughter, wife and mother / forming a perfect "Young woman's companion" in all her social relations, including practical instructions in plain and ornamental needlework, letter-writing, sick-room management, dress and clothing, house- furnishing, gardening, etiquette, and every other variety of household economy in the nursery, kitchen, and parlour / with copious notes of the months, complete history of domestic manufactures, moral and religious readings in prose and poetry, and four hundred golden rules of life. Compiled by the editor of "The family friend".
    18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv [v] vi-viii [1] 2-376   frontis
    GB:   LB   *OB  

    The contents are based on earlier compendiums such as "The young woman's companion', first published in 1811. This work was probably published between 1850 and 1855. The BMCat dates this as [1869] which seems to me to be questionable, since "The young woman's companion' (see following entry) published in 1863 appears to be a subsequent edition of this work.
    Binding: purple cloth,gilt.

  • 5. — The young woman's companion in all her social relations / embracing practical instructions in plain and ornamental needlework, letter writing, sick room management, dress and clothing, house furnishing, gardening, etiquette, and every other variety of household economy in the nursery, kitchen and parlour / with copious notes of the months, complete history of domestic manufactures, moral and religious readings in prose and poetry / and four hundred golden rules of life / beautifully illustrated with numerous engravings.
    18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv [v] vi-viii [1] 2-376   frontis
    GB:   *OPo(F)  

    Despite its different title, this is the same work as "The young housekeeper'.