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The whole duty of a woman: or, an infallible guide to the fair sex


subjects: women, etiquette, behaviour, housewifery, cookery, brewing, wine, perfume, cosmetics,

  • 1. The whole duty of a woman: or, an infallible guide to the fair sex; containing rules, directions, and observations, for their conduct and behaviour through all ages and circumstances of life, as virgins, wives, or widows. With directions, how to obtain all useful and fashionable accomplishments suitable to the sex. In which are comprised all parts of good housewifery, particularly rules and receipts in every kind of cookery .... Also rules and receipts for making all the choicest cordials for the closet; brewing beers, ales, &c. Making all sorts of English wines, cyder, mum, mead, metheglin, vinegar, verjuice, catchup, &c. With some fine perfumes, pornaturns, cosmeticks and other beautifiers. [by a lady].
    London: printed for T. Read   1737
    19 cm.   iv, 692 p. pls.  
    GB:   LBL*   LeU(B)  
    US:   NPV   NYPL  

    --2nd ed. [Title-page only changed. The lady's companion.] London: printed for T. Read, 1740. LBL: KMK; NYPL; PPL
    --4th ed. with additions. London: printed for T. Read, 1743. ANLW; LBL
    --5th ed. London: printed for T. Read, and R. Baldwin, 1751. [In 2 volumes.] LWML; LeU(B): MOSV; MiD
    --6th ed. with additions. London: printed for J. Hodges, and R. Baldwin, 1753. [2 Sh.] LeU(B): DCLC; MB
    1. This work (1737 ed.) is not only different from the previous entry, but also quite different from yet another book with the same main title by William Kenrick, which was published in America as a purely devotional work, and went into several editions.
    2. 'Metheglin' is spiced mead.
    3. 'Verjuice' is a tart liquor made from crab-apples or sour grapes, and is used in cooking.
    4. Scots Mag., vol. 15 (Feb. 1753), p. 104, confirms that the price was 2 sh. for the 6th ed.

    Oxford, pp. 69-70