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Greatest plague of life

By MAYHEW, Athol and Henry Mayhew

subjects: satire, servants, conduct,

  • 1. The greatest plague of life: or, the adventures of a lady in search of a good servant. By one who has been "almost worried to death". Edited by the brothers Mayhew. Illustrated by George Cruikshank.
    [1847]
    16.0 x 10.0 cm   Pp [i-ii] [1] 2-285 [286]   frontis, title-page engr, 11 pls
    GB:   LB   *OPo(F)  

    The frontispiece shows a full-sized lady besieged by a horde of Lilliputian domestics who are gleefully set on destruction and theft.
    The "lady' of the title who narrates her misfortunes is given the name Caroline Sk-n-st-n. Her tale provides a satirical device for the Mayhew brothers to attack the morals and manners of domestic servants in a way reminiscent of Jonathan Swift's "Directions to servants', published in London in 1745.

  • 2. — [Another edition, [1892]]
    GB:   LB  

    The BMCat lists another edition as published London: G. Routledge & Sons [1892].

Frontispiece from The greatest plague of life

Title-page from The greatest plague of life