First published in 1911 and republished here is The Woman's Book: Contains Everything A Woman Ought to Know. Containing more than seven-hundred printed pages this self-help manual for household management was, in its day, at the forefront of advice for women. Although the advice given is now, in the main obsolete and even offensive, books such as this brought into the open many subjects that had been hidden away in Victorian Britain. Appealing to the middle-class woman of a certain means, The Woman's Book, provides details on every aspect of household management, from money, to childcare, illness and entertainment.
Edited by Florence B. Jack, with 'expert' contributions by Mrs Bernard Mole; Miss Fedden; Miss Maud Cookes; Miss Alice Lennon; Miss Margaret E. Buchanan; Miss M. Courtauld; Miss N. Edwards and Bertha La Mothe who provide information on the management and art of housekeeping, although in truth much of what appears in the publication appears to be about how to manage a husband.
Beginning with 'The House', the thirty-four chapters that follow provides the reader with a plethora of advice. The House, for example, states that this is the most important choice that a woman will make in her life and a house should not be confused with a home.
First considerations: to buy or to rent; locality; house versus flat; construction; site and soil; drainage; water supply; ventilation; lighting; heating; decoration; furnishing the home; flooring and floor coverings. Every room in the house is detailed as to its function and decoration with sketches of what they might look when finished as per 'Heal & Sons'. These follows chapters on 'Mistress & Servants, where the function, wages and relationship between every type of household servant and the mistress is explained in quite some detail. Further chapters of advice include those on household work - surely advice to passed onto the servants rather than the mistress herself - food and the kitchen and then the largest chapter in the book: 'Guide to Cookery'. Here, at least, The Woman's Book marks itself out as a forerunner to later manuals for the running of the home, especially those published during the inter-war period. In chapters such as 'Dress - its Choice & Care', 'Etiquette & Social Guide' and 'Management of Money & Legal Guide', The Woman's Book clearly identifies its intended readership. A strange chapter on home nursing and first aid concentrates on meals for patients and the convalescing, which include raw beef sandwiches, stewed pigeon, and veal panada. Howe any such contrivances were supposed the seriously ill to recuperate is mute.
Ending with advice on what jobs are suitable for women, how to entertain in and out of the house and a plethora of miscellaneous facts and figures, The Woman's Book may now make entertaining rather than serious reading. However, given the time and context in which this self-help book for woman was published, it marks a revolution in as much as women were given active and very public advice on how they should and could run and control their lives if they so wished, very much the mistresses of their own house at least.
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Republished here on fully-searchable CD-Rom is the 15th edition of Pye Henry Chavasse's "Advice to a Wife on the Management of here own Health and on the Treatment of some of the Complaints Incidental to Pregnancy, Labour and Suckling", which was issued in 1909.
This edition contains some 405 printed pages and was issued as a revised edition, which included revisions and a preface by G. Drummond Robinson, M.D., B.S., F.A.C.P, physician to the British Lying-in Hospital. The success of Chavasse's original 1876 publication is witnessed by the fact that this was the 15th edition of his work, which boasted of sales of more than 390,000 copies, which eclipsed the sale of another of Chavasse's publications, Advice to a Mother, which had by 1909 sold in excess of 310,000 copies.
Prior to the appearance of self-help books, such as those by the now infamous 'Dr. Spock', Chavasse's advice to mothers and wives had little competition in the market place and although the advice from the former Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons held true for its time, Chavasse had died by 1878, when his self-help books had already entered into their 5th editions and some of the advice being offered was truly out of date. This being the case the books were revised for a 'modern' female audience at the start of the twentieth-century.
G. Drummond Robinson's revised edition of Chavasse's Advice to a Wife holds much of the Victorian values and discipline expressed in the first edition and it is probably that only the medicine of midwifery had been added to. This being the case, the introductory chapter to Chavasse's Advice to a Wife, containing some quarter of t he entire book, is given over to advice to a wife wishing to conceive a child, which is detailed in some thirty subsections, ranging from 'Opium habits', to the 'Lacing of Boots' and the necessary ventilation for a woman inside and outside of the home. The chapters that follow detail the menstrual cycle in various ages of women up to the point of conception and includes sections on 'hysteria', the 'whites' and the 'change of life'. Chavasse's advice once a child had been conceived begins with advice on how to tell if one has actually become pregnant, false pregnancy, morning sickness, had how to tell whether the child will be a boy or a girl to how to predict the due date of the child. These chapters are followed by those on the labour and birth of the child through to the suckling and weaning of the baby, which we are told should be no less and no more than nine months in duration at regular intervals of exactly two hours for the first two months, extending to four-hourly feeds right through to the duration of nine months.
Needless to say Chavasse's Advice to a Wife is hopelessly out of date and apart from some of the medical advice offered which still holds true it has little to offer to the reader apart from idle historical curiosity. Chavasse, at the time of writing, was appealing to the wives of the Victorian middle classes whose lives bore little resemblance to the vast majority of women in Britain. Having said this, to have sold nearly 400,000 copies in 15 editions highlights the contemporary relevance and appeal of Chavasse's work.
130 pages of sober recipes from the British Women's Temperance Association.
INCLUDING THE RURAL AND DOMESTIC RECREATIONS, MAY GAMES, MUMMERIES, SHOWS, PROCESSIONS, PAGEANTS, AND POMPOUS SPECTACLES, FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD TO THE PRESENT TIME.
Includes 140 illustrations.
A really fascinating book for those who would like to understand the activities of their ancestors through the centuries.
Fully searchable CD
Descriptions of all manner of surgical procedures in minute detail, as they were performed in the early eighteenth century.
From treatment of carbuncles to amputation of limbs, via child-birth, bleeding and how to put in an artificial eye. Interspersed with illustrations of the instruments used to perform these grim medical procedures.
An absolutely fascinating book which really does bring our ancestor's trials and tribulations into sharp focus.
Almost 900 pages of testimonies and interviews, covering various types of factories and work in a wide variety of places in Britain.
An amazing and fascinating insight into conditions of work and peoples' lifestyle in 1842 in their own words.
Did your ancestor work in a factory?
Put meat on the bare bones of your family history by understanding how they lived and worked.
A book such as this gives you a valuable insight into the world of the ordinary Victorian worker's life with details of wages, working conditions and many other subjects relating to the workplace.
An account of the position of the poor in legal matters in England and Wales and a study in the inequality in the administration of justice where they are concerned, and of the remedies which have been attempted and suggested.
Both of these wonderful books (see descriptions below) on one CD.
A wonderful history of the poor in the villages of the period. It deals with subjects such as enclosure, which had a dramatic effect upon village life and also with the Labourers Uprising of 1830.
An absolutely fascinating read which allows you to understand the hardships and the problems that the ordinary person faced during these times.
Although similar to 'The Village Labourer' (see above) this book deals with the history specific groups of workers. Its contents include:
The miners of the Tyne and Wear, cotton workers, woollen and worsted workers, Spitalfields silkweavers, frame work knitters and also has sections dealing with Nottinghamshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire Luddites.
The author's intention was "to try to get glimpses of the social life which passed to and fro between London and the provinces
I shall show our ancestors of all ages in all kinds of costumes...busy at the nothings which make travelled life, eating, drinking, flirting, quarrelling, delivering up their purses, grumbling over their bills."
Interesting too are the historical details he gives of each place and descriptions of the Inns along each of the journeys. A very humorous and informative insight into travel in bygone times. A great way to know more about how our ancestors of all periods lived.
A wonderful insight into the use of the English language in the 1700s.
In two parts:
"The first, proper for beginners, shewing a Natural and Easy Method to pronounce and express both common words, and Proper Names; in which particular Care is had to shew the Accent, for preventing Vicious Pronunciation".
"The Second, for such as are advanced to some Ripeness of Judgment, containing Observations on the Sounds of Letters and Diphthongs; Rules for the true Division of Syllables, and the Use of Capitals, Stops, and Marks: With large Tables of Abbreviations, and Distinctions of Words; and several Alphabets of Copies for Young Writers."
"To which is added an Appendix containing many additional lessons in Prose and Verse; first in words of One Syllable only, and then mixed with words of Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, and Seven syllables: And further improved with new Fables and Cuts".
A very sweet book with charming colour pictures and songs from the 19th and 20th century.
Everyone has heard of it. But this edition is very special indeed. Mrs Beeton died in 1865, four years before this second edition of her famous book was published. Subsequent editions were published by Ward Lock, as her husband sold the rights to the book, but what happened is that the new publishers removed huge sections of the original recipes, and proudly(!) announced that all of those left in had been tested and tried and altered to "improve" them! In other words, did not contain Mrs. Beeton's originals. In addition, the new publishers added more and different sections on household management, and therefore the next edition in 1873 was effectively a totally different book.
Our edition, scanned from the original 1869 book, contains well over a thousand pages, and contains some lovely colour plates, quite unusual for a book of this date. It is an absolute gem, and we have really gone to town with extensive bookmarks in the Acrobat PDF file. We offering this CD for just Euro 15.65 - and like the original, we expect it to be a "best seller".
A lovely book, by J. W. Kirton (undated, but probably c1865)
Chapters include: Getting a home, Courting and popping the question, Advice to a young man seeking a wife, Advice to a young woman seeking a husband, Advice to young people seeking a house to live in, The mutual duties of married life, Special duties of the husband, Special duties of the wife (she has the expenses section), Four lessons from the landlady to the wifeThe public house the rival of home.
A wonderful insight into values, standards and life in Victorian times.
Lots of illustrations of the skeleton, muscles and body are included complete with labels. The book is a treatise on the prevention and cure of diseases by simple medicines. It examines the general causes of diseases and their links with children, clothing, food, exercise, unwholesome air, intemperance, anger, fear, grief and religious melancholy. It offers remedies to Fevers, Pleurisy, Consumption, Small Pox, Measles, Asthma as well as problems less well known to doctors today such as Swooning.
Interesting is Buchan's cure for Hiccups, he suggests that if they result from hard digestion the patient should take a dram of any spirituous liquor whilst if they are caused by poison, milk and oil must be drunk. However if it precedes an inflammation of the stomach, the patient should be bled!
A small sized book but with nearly 800 pages of the most up-to-date remedies known to doctors in the 1800's it's a big and interesting read.
A collection of four books on one CD, including "Five Ambulance Lectures", "Home Nursing", "First Aid to the Injured, the authorised text book of St. John's Ambulance" and an earlier "First Aid to the Injured" dated 1887.
These books tells us the medical practices and theories of First Aid in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If your ancestor worked as a nurse or for the St John's Ambulance then these books will be a treasure, informing you about their life and work.
The books are simple to read and very informative, the "Home Nursing" book can be applied to home nursing today as its suggestions are still practical and relevant.
This is an alphabetical table of herbs and plants written by Nich. Culpepper in the mid 1700s. He describes all the herbs in great detail, what they look like, where and when they grow, it then explains what the beneficial properties of each herb are and the illnesses they can ease.
"The Black Alder Tree -The inner bark thereof boiled in vinegar is an approved remedy to kill lice, to cure the Itch and take away scabs, by drying them up in a short time. It is singular good to wash the teeth, to take away the pains, to fasten loose, to clean them and keep them sound."
Although this is an incredibly old book, the contents are as fascinating now as ever, especially when more and more people are turning to alternatives medicines for solutions. Fully searchable
Detailed descriptions of plants and herbs with medicinal qualities, how they were prepared and their use and effects. By reading this book you come to understand your ancestors' lives a little better.
We have scanned all of the stunningly beautiful illustrations in full colour.
This is an absolutely beautiful book, which is full of richly coloured illustrations.
English coins are intimately connected with the general history and progress of the country, of which they form interesting and informative monuments.
A coin proves several things about the people who issued it and their state of civilisation through the artwork, people and places with which they are decorated. In this delightful book the author describes coins from the Ancient World, prior to the establishment of Roman coins until the reign of Victoria. The coins of Saxons, the Commonwealth, Cromwell and every Monarch are all thoroughly investigated.
Published in 1854 this book covers the history of coinage in Britain and across the empire from the 'ring money' of the ancient tribes before the Roman invasion through to the mid-Victorian period.
Filled with illustrative plates like the one pictured here it is fascinating to see the coins which our ancestors would have used on a daily basis.
This book contains about 70,000 names of people who have been advertised for to claim property and money. Dougal & Co. used to publish these lists and charge for a copy of the original advertisement. These are people who have died without leaving wills, and with no known beneficiaries. People in all parts of the world from 1650 up until the early 1900s are listed in this book.
If no beneficiary could be found, then the money went to the Probate Office of that country. It still remains there unclaimed.
In cases such as these, for example, if the person was British, the money goes to the Crown, and records are kept at the Principal Probate Office in London.
Unclaimed estates can still be claimed, no matter how old!
John Taylor of Kentucky was found to be the heir to the estate and earldom of Tyrone, valued at millions of pounds. A Stourbridge carpenter became the beneficiary of £25,000. The estate can be worth anything from a few pounds to millions.
To claim an estate, one needs to prove a blood relationship with the deceased, by means of birth and marriage certificates.
A fascinating collection of contemporary articles and letters giving a remarkable insight to life at the time. All six volumes covering 1711-12
Wonderful details of social and local manners and customs, plus details of games as our ancestors would have played them
A highly entertaining book which details festival days and seasons, superstitions and witchcraft.
An excellent book which describes the meaning and origins of English words, dialects and proverbs, including place names and surnames.
Published in two huge volumes. From the title page:
The Every-Day Book; or everlasting calendar of popular amusements, sports, pastimes, ceremonies, manners, customs and events incident to each of the three hundred and sixty-five days, in past and present times....... including accounts of the weather, rules for health and conduct, remarkable and important anecdotes, ..... antiquities, topography, biography, natural history...... For Daily Use & Diversion.
A fabulous book which sets out contemporary thinking on a quite enormous range of subjects such as smallpox innocculation, the relative merits of hot and cold bathing, the dangers of sleeping in the sun as opposed to working in it and much more besides
Published in 1888
Take any day of the year, and find out an immense amount of detailed history and events that happened on that day. For special days such as Easter, Christmas and other important holidays and festivals there is even more, in the way descriptions of traditional customs.
Two huge volumes reproduced as facsimiles on CD, with every page of the original books scanned, and then formatted for viewing just like a real book using Adobe Acrobat Reader.
A history of dress from the very early Britons with their flint knives and arrowheads to the end of the 18th century with it's bonnets and fans.
What differentiates this book from others of it's type is the second volume which is a glossary including pictures. From this you get a sense not only of how the clothes were worn but why they were worn and where the idea and name came from. A fascinating book which brings to life the realities of dress and therefore the culture of our ancestors.
"SPANGLES. Small circular ornaments of burnished metal, stitched on various articles of dress. They are first noticed in the time of Henry VII, and were used by ladies to decorate the hair, bodice, petticoat, gown and frequently to add a glitter to the lace edging of gloves."
Fabulous descriptions of English styles of dress dating from the 11th century until 1830, with lots of beatiful illustrations.
Essential reading for all family historians as it helps us all to imagine how our ancestors will have dressed on a day to day basis.
A fascinating account of country life in the 1800s. Essentially about life in Buckinghamshire, but equally applicable to many other counties in England. Lots of anecdotes and stories about real people.
Book kindly loaned to the project by Barney Tyrwhitt-Drake.
Coloured title page with illustration of Brambletye House. To the reader dated June 1861. Contents, New Year's Day, St Distaff's Day, St Blaze's Day, Palm Sunday, Morris Dance etc. Pall Mall - The Game and the Street, Whitebait, Personal Recollections of Brambletye (Sussex), Domestic Arts and Customs including Frummety or Furmety, Medieval Furniture, Milkmaids in London etc., Curiosities of Bees and Celebrated Gardens. This book has as the title describes "Something for Everybody". 312 pages with index.
Published in 1760, and in the old fashioned typestyle typical of the period. A fascinating collection of a great number of testimonies of Quakers. Wonderful reading for anyone with Quaker ancestors.
A lovely pocket reference book, in the old type style, including a description of England, places in the world, description of London & Westminster, companies in London, prices of the works of bricklayers, masons & carpenters, rates of post letters, stage coaches and carriers in England & Wales, Archbishops & Bishops, places at Court with salaries. Arithmetical and monetary tables. Coins of different countries. Accounts of arts and societies, Abstract of the history of England. Gardener's calendar. Perpetual Almanack. Lots of tables, including the value of any quantity of goods etc by the yard, ell, pound, ounce, etc. A table of universal use, demonstrated by the solution of various questions in multiplication, division, reduction, measuring, gauging and surveying. (Ready reckoners). Discounts of branches of customs on goods imported, Table of salaries and wages. Interest tables. Rules for coachmen, rates and orders for carmen and watermen.... and so on. Wonderful!
Everything for the farmer of 1849, from the supply of machinery and seed to hints and tips on farming practices at the time. A wonderful resource for those with farming ancestors. Contains many fascinating advertisements.
Also included on the CD are the original hand written personal notebooks and account books of farmers, dating from the 1830s to the later 1800s, and a beautifully descriptive letter of 1851 from a farmer in Clipstone Nottinghamshire to friends who had emigrated to the United States. Real original source material of the period.
A complete history of Bournville, a new town created in 1831 for the workers at the famous chocolate factory. The aim, which was very successful, was to create a complete living environment with housing, recreational facilities, etc. The book contains lots of early drawings of early Birmingham, and through to photographs of Bournville and its workers.
A collection of several small books relating to Bournville, and the lifestyle of its workers and staff.
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