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Footman's guide

By WILLIAMS, James

subjects: menservants,

  • 1. The footman's guide: containing plain instructions to the footman and butler, for the proper arrangement and regular performance of their various duties. In either large or small families: including the manner of setting-out tables, sideboards, &c. in the most fashionable style; the art of waiting at table, and superintending large and small breakfast, dinner, and supper parties; directions for cleaning and preserving plate, glass, furniture, clothes, &c. and for delivering and receiving cards and messages. Interspersed with valuable receipts, and other information. Third edition. By James Williams. Embellished with appropriate plates, and bills of fare.
    [1845]?
    16.0 x 10.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv [v] vi-xii [13] 14-244, [i-viii] publ ads   Double frontis
    GB:   *LB(S)  

    Binding: purple cloth, gilt.
    This edition is cited in Bitting, p 497. The date of publication was probably around 1845. The two frontispiece plates fold out and show table arrangements for a dinner party for fourteen and dessert for fourteen.

  • 2. — [Fourth edition, [1847]]
    GB:   LB  

    The BMCat lists a fourth edition as published London: [1847]. Oxford, p 178, cites the same edition as published London: James Dean and Co 1847.

  • 3. — The footman's guide: containing plain instructions to the footman and butler, for the proper arrangment and regular performance of their various duties, in large or small families: including the manner of setting-out tables, sideboards, &c. &c. / the art of waiting at table, and for superintending large or small breakfast, dinner, and supper parties; directions for cleaning and preserving plate, glass, furniture, clothes, etc. and for delivering and receiving cards and messages, and other useful information. Fifth edition: embellished with appropriate plates, and bills of fare. By James Williams.
    16.0 x 10.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv [v] 6-8 [9] 11-131, [i-vi] publ ads double frontis  
    GB:   *OPo(F)  

    Binding: red cloth, gilt.
    The two frontispiece plates fold out, and show table arrangements for first course dishes and dessert.

  • 4. — [Title as fifth edition] Sixth edition.
    16.0 x 10.0 cm   Pp [1-5] 6-8 [9] 10-138   double frontis
    GB:   *OB  
    US:   MCR  

    Date from OB catalogue.

  • 5. — [Another edition]
    US:   MCR  

    The catalogue of Radcliffe College library lists another edition, undated, as published London: Dean & Son. The title is given as "The footman and butler; their duties, and how to perform them, from page to butler ... revised by the ex-butler to the Earl of Romney'.