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The ladies annual journal: or complete pocket book
The ladies annual journal: or complete pocket book for the year 1771 . . . an elegant bill of fare for every month in the year. etc.
London: printed for Elizabeth Stevens and J. Taylor
neatly bound in red. 1 sh. DDDD 1770 [----] [----]
--another ed. London: printed for [----], . --: NYPL
1. This work, as the title clearly indicates, is not a book but a diary. One main entry, with a few variants by other printers or publishers, will suffice, therefore, to exemplify a publication which scarcely altered in its layout whatever the year or whomsoever the printer. In the great majority of cases, apart from providing a blank page for each day of the year, these special diaries for women contained, in preliminary pages or interspersed between the months or in appendices, useful household information, mostly bills of fare for each month of the year, but also home cures, hints on beauty treatment, advice on social etiquette, and occasionally cookery recipes. Due to their personal nature, it is doubtful if many of them survived the lifetimes of their owners. They are rarely held by libraries or sought after by collectors.
2. This entry (1770 ed.) is based on an advertisement in the Pub.Adv., (21 Dec. 1770), p. 1. The following are three other