The accomplish'd housewife ; or, the gentlewoman's companion: containing ... Concluding with some serious instructions for the conduct of the fair sex, with regard to their duty towards God, and towards their neighbours.

London : Printed for J. Newbery, at the Bible and Sun near the chapter-house in St. Paul's Church-yard, MDCCLV [1745]
[2], [14], 431, [13], [2] leaves of plates : illustrations (engravings, wood-engravings) 17 cm.


Rare books genre
  • List of contents follows title on t.p.
  • Preface on p. [iii]-[vi], with pictorial tailpiece, and Dedication on p. [vii]-[xiv], signed by "The Editors."
  • Publisher's advertisement on first leaf for "books, &c. just publish'd and sold by J. Newbery," listing 7 numbered titles, including: the 3rd ed. of "A Set of Fifty-six Squares" (item no. II), priced 1s., and "A Little pretty Pocket Book" (no. III). No advertsiement on 4 pages at end (cf. 1767 A
  • No advertisements at end (cf. Roscoe's A1, from 1767?)
  • Index on 13 p at end.
  • Illustrations: Two facing engraved leaves of letters and numbers in "Round" and Italian" hands, numbered "44" and "45" at top, bound in between pages 44-45, signed by "I. Bickham, sc.", with several wood-engraved table-setting arrangements within the text.
  • Cotsen copy: Inscribed on front pastedown: "Michael Croll, his book, Anno Domini 1765" and below that in pencil, Mr. C. Boyer, 1891"; also inscribed: "Mick Croll" on read free endpaper recto and "Michael Croll 3/6" on verso.
Binding note
Cotsen copy: Full calf, with gilt decorative borders on covers and gilt-rules above and below raised bands on spine.
  • I. Reflections on the education of the fair sex; with characters for their imitation.
  • II. The penman's advice to the ladies; or the art of writing made easy, and entertaining.
  • III. Instructions for addressing persons of distinction, in writing or discourse.
  • IV. An easy introduction to the study of practical arithmetic.
  • V. Directions for copying prints or drawings, and painting either in oil or water colours, or with crayons.
  • VI. Directions for marketing, with respect to butcher's meat, poulterer's ware, and fish.
  • VII. A bill of fare for every month in the year.
  • VIII. Receipts in cookery, pastry, &c.
  • IX. Instructions for carving and placing dishes on the table.
  • X. All sorts of pickles, made wines, &c.
  • XI. Remarks on the nature and qualities of the most common ailments.
  • XII. Recipes in physick and surgery.
  • XIII. Remarks on the causes and symptoms of most diseases.
  • XIV. The florist's kalendar.
  • XV. Familiar letters on several occasions in common life: with instructions to young orphan ladies how to judge of proposals of marriage made to them without the consent of their friends or guardians.
  • XVI. A dictionary serving for the translation of ordinary English words into more scholastic ones.
  • Roscoe, A1(1)?
  • ESTC, T122783
Other title(s)
  • Gentlewoman's companion
  • Accomplishd housewife
  • Accomplished housewife
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