WOMEN ADVISING WOMEN
Advice Books, Manuals and Journals for Women, 1450-1837
Part 2: Advice Books, Manuals, Almanacs and Journals, c.1625-1837 from the Bodleian Library, Oxford
Womens Rights & Status
A Womans Woorth, defended against all the men in the world. Prooving them to be more perfect, excellent and absolute in all vertuous actions, [than] any man of what qualitie soever. Written by one that hath heard much, seene much, but knowes a great deal more. London, John Wolfe, 1599. Mal.518(1)
Woman triumphant: or, the excellency of the female sex; asserted in opposition to the male. By a lady of quality. London, Charles Stokes, 1721. Vet.A4.f.1691
Female Rights Vindicated; or, the equality of the sexes morally and physically proved, by a lady. London, G Burnet, 1758. Vet.A5.f.379
Female Restoration, by a moral and physical vindication of female talents, by a lady. London, (Sold at Free-Masons Coffee House), 1780. Vet.A5.d.1198
Female Union Society. Rules & articles. Bristol, W Major, 1803. 24786.f.19
Female Friendly Society of Elgin. Rules, etc. Inverness, John Young, 1804. Vet.A6.e.105
Ladies Association: First Establishment under the auspices of the Ladies Association. Bath, E Smith, 1817. G. pamph. 531(2)
Mrs Maddocks. The Female Missionary advocate, a poem. London, B J Holdsworth, 1827. 14770 f.194(14)
The Ladies dispensatory: or, Every Woman her own physician. London, 1739, 12 Vet A4.f44
Advice on diet and regimen by a physician. London, Joseph Mallett, 1824. 24.543
A guide for the sick chamber. Edinburgh, Fraser & Co, 1837. 37.270
Every womans book; or, Females physician, by a surgeon. London, H Hetherington, 1839. 39.340
Two Essays on Love and Marriage. London, Henry Brome, 1657. Wood 750(1)
An Account of Marriage.... London, Allen Bancks, 1672. Wood 750(2)
A Discourse of the Married and Single Life. London, Jonas Man, 1621. Wood 750(3)
The XV Comforts of Rash and Inconsiderate Marriage. London, Walter Davis, 1682. Wood 750(4)
The Womens advocate: or, Fifteen real comforts of matrimony. (Quinze Joies). London, Benjamin Alsop, 1683. Wood 750(5)
Marriage asserted: In answer to a Book entitled Conjugiuni Conjurgium.... London, Henry Herringman, 1674. Don f.54
Marriage prompted. In a discourse of its ancient and modern practice. London, Richard Baldwin, 1690. Vet.A3.e.1447
Advice to the fair: an epistolary essay, ... on dress, converse and marriage. London, J Wilford, 1738. G Pamph. 1667(23)
Marriage and its vows defended, by a female Christian, but no Methodist; a Poem. London, J Rozea, 1781. 2799.d.78
Giles, William. The guide to domestic happiness. 9th ed. London, William Button, 1811. 24727.f.8
The Marriage Almanack; and mothers manual: by an English physician. 2nd ed. London, A Schloss, 1838. 162.g.16
Women & the Law
The ladys cabinet lawyer; being a familiar summary of the exclusive and peculiar rights and liabilities, legal and equitable, of women, as infants, unmarried; - As Single Women, of full age; As wives, and as widows. By a barrister of the Middle Temple. London, John van Voorst, 1837. [L.157]
Mothers & Daughters
the School of Grace; Or, a Book of Good Nurture, for the Admonition and the Instruction of Youth and Age.... (London), W Thackeray & T Passinger, [16--]. Vet. A3 f.491(8)
The Mothers Blessing: Being Several Godley Admonitions given by a Mother unto her Children upon her Death-bed, a little before her departure. (London), Clarke, W Thackeray & T Passinger, 1685. Vet. A3 f.491(9)
The advice of a father: or, Counsel to a child. London, Brabazon Aylmer, 1688. 8 M197(2) Art
A mothers gift. London, Carnan & Newberry, 1769. Douce adds. 300 (Pt1)
A mothers gift. London, Carnan & Newberry, 1775. Vet. A5 g.23 (Pt3)
The Flight of a Ladybird. London, Newbery, 1799. Vet. A5 g.24
The Pleasing History of Prince Almanzor. Coventry, Luckman & Suffield, nd. Vet. A5 g.25
Harlequins metamorphoses. London, E Tringham, 1780. Vet. A5 g.26
Counsel to Friends Children.... London, Darton & Harvey, 1799. 110.K.80(5)
A mothers advice to her children. Dublin, Robert Jackson, 1778. 110.K.80(6)
The Advantages and Disadvantages of the Marriage State. Dublin, Robert Jackson, 1778. 110.K.80(6)
A mothers portrait: sketched soon after her decease, for the study of her children. London, Knight & Lacey, 1823. 8 W 345 BS
The Girls and Boys Penny Magazine. No 1. London, W Strange, 1832. Per. 3974.d.444(15)
Female Excellence; or, Hints to daughters, by a mother. London, The Religious Tract Society, 1838. 38.68
The compleat drawing book. London, Robert Sayer, 1755 [owned by "Eliza Danby"]. Vet.A5.e.2257
Ladys and Gentlemans Scientifical Repository
. By a Society of Mathematicians. Newark, 1782. Vet.A5.e.2708
The Female instructor; or, Young womans companion. Liverpool, Fisher & Dixon, 1811. Soc.133d.147(13)
Mudie, Robert. The complete governess. A course of mental instruction for ladies. London, Knight & Lacey, 1826. 388.e.35
Advice to governesses. 1827 27.109
Religion & Morality
The ladies blush: or, the History of Susanna, the Great Example of Conjugal Chastity. An Heroick Poem by W.V. London, Robert Robinson, 1670. Vet A3.e.109
Female Piety and Virtue, a poem. London, J Roberts, 1725. Harding C1273
Female Honour, an epistle to the lady in favour from the lady lately kickd-out. London, J Huggonson, 1742. Firth.c.8(21)
The Female Moralist: A Poem. London, J Robinson, 4, 1744. G Pamph 1722 (1)
A ladys religion, in two letters to
Lady Howard. 1704. 3rd ed., To which is added, A Letter to a Lady on the Death of her Husband. London, W Owen, 1748. Vet A4 f.322
The ladies advocate, or, Wit and beauty a match for treachery and inconstancy. London, C Long, 12, 1749. Vet.A4.f.347
Marriott, Thomas. Female conduct: Being an Essay on the Art of Pleasing, to be practiced by the Fair Sex, Before, and After Marriage. A poem in two books. London, w Owen, 1759. 2799.e.391
A guide to health, beauty, riches and honour. London, S Hooper, 8, 1785, Y 657 (8) BS
Advice to unmarried women: to recover and reclaim the fallen; and to prevent the fall of others, into the snares and consequences of seduction. London, J F &C Rivington, 1791. 26521.f.58(1)
Female Friendship, A Tale for Sundays. London, J Harris & Son, 1824. 24.345
Religion & Morality (continued)
Woman: as she is, and as she should be. 2 vols. London, James Cochrane & Co, 1835. 35.420
Pigott, Charles. The Jockey Club, or, A sketch of the manners of the age. Parts 1-3. London, A D Symonds, 1792. (1792) G Pamph. 2174 (1-3)
Called The Jockey Club "as the whole human species may be fairly considered and treated as Jockeys, each running his race to the best advantage
[Neither] confined to space or limited to sex." Full of satirical portraits of leading personalities including Louis XV, Marlborough, Thomas Paine, Burke, Pitt, Marie Antoinette, The Duchess of Gloucester, etc. Part III deals with "The Female" Jockey.
Cookery & Domestic Life
Wolley, Hannah. The accomplisht ladys delight in preserving, physick, beautifying & cookery. London, B Harris, 1675. Douce. P.412
"Though there have been many Books Extant of this kind, yet I think something hath been deficient in them all, I have therefore adventured to make another, which I suppose comprehends all the Accomplishments necessary for Ladies, in things of this Nature. For you have here: 1. The Art of Preserving and Candying all Fruits and Flowers
some excellent Receipts in Physick and Chirurgery, for curing most Diseases
some Rare Beautifying Waters, Oyls, Oyntments and Powders
some Choise Secrets and Experiments in the Art of Angling; a Recreation which many Ladies delight in
Lastly, You have here a Guide to all manner of cookery, both in the English and French mode
Wolley, Hannah. The gentlewomans companion; or, A guide to the female sex. London, Edward Thomas, 1675. 8 D 2 (1) Art
"Containing Directions of Behaviour, in All Places, Companies, Relations and Conditions, from their Childhood Down to Old Age; Viz: as Children to Parents; Huswives to the House; Scholars to Governors; Mistresses to Servants; Single to Servants; Mothers to Children; Virgins to Suitors; Widows to the World; Married to Husbands; Prudent to All. With Letters & Discourses upon all Occasions."
Wolley, Hannah. The queen-like closet: or rich cabinet, stored with all manner of rare receipts for Preserving, Candying and Cookery. London, R Chiswell, 1684. 70.c.64
Cookery & Domestic Life (continued)
Wolley, Hannah. The Compleat Servant-Maid; or, The Young Maidens Tutor: Directing them how they may fit, and qualifie themselves for any of these Employments. Viz. Waiting-Woman; Nursery-Maid; House-Keeper; Dairy-Maid; Chamber-Maid; Laundry-Maid; Cook-Maid; House-Maid; Under-Cook-Maid; Scullery-Maid." 4th ed. London, Tho Passinger, 1685. Vet.A3.f.1783
The compleat caterer; or, Instructions how to chuse the best provisions. London, J Nutt, 1701. Douce c.24
Wolley, Hannah. The Accomplishd Ladys Delight in Preserving, Physick, Beautifying, Cookery and Gardening. 11th Edition. London, J Willis & J Doddington, 1715. Douce c.384
"Inlarged" contains "The Ladys Diversion in her Garden: Or the compleat Flowerist, with the Nature and Use of all sorts of Plants and Flowers [by Thomas Harris, Gardnr at Stockwell in Surrey]."
The ladys companion; or, An infallible guide to the fair sex. The Fourth Edition, with Large Additions. London, T Read, 1743. 1781.f.134
Female Aegis; or, The duties of woman from childhood to old age, and in most situations of life exemplified. London, J Ginger, 1798. Vet. A5 e.89
The ladies complete letter writer. Dublin, James Hoey, Junior, 12, 1763. Vet.A5 f.182
The complete letter-writer. Edinburgh, John Reid, 1768. Vet. A5 f.3122
Language & Literature
Female Excellence; or, Woman displayd, in several satyrick poems. London, Norman Nelson, 1679. Vet.A3.c.26(2)
The Ladies Dictionary. London, John Dunton, 8, 1694. Douce DD31 8
a compleat Dictionary to the Female Sex in all Relations, Companies, Conditions and States of Life; even from CHILDHOOD down to Old-Age, and from the Lady at Court, to the Cook-maid in the Country
." The volume is an encyclopaedic dictionary with many remarkable entries. To select but 2 examples from the "A" section, these range from "Apparel or the Ladies Dressing Room: Apparel and Ornaments are not only for shrouding Nakedness, and screening the pinching Cold, but for setting out the shape and proportion of the Body, and rendering the Fabrick of mortality more Airy and Charming
" (followed by a further 11 pages on the topic) to "Adultery and Uncleanness; The dangerous consequences that attend it, and the dishonour it puts on the Fair Sex, and Revenge it stirs them up to;" (followed by 7 more pages). There are also many entries describing women from fiction and history (eg "Anyle, an Epigrammatick Poetess"), who may or may not be suitable role-models for the reader.
The Female Garland or, The Virgins Monitor. No publisher, no place, [17--]. Douce pp. 161 (3)
The Ladies Catechism. London, 1703, 8 Vet A4.e.761(1)
The Town Misses Catechism. 1703. Vet A4.e.761(2)
The Beaus Catechism. 1703. Vet A4.e.761(3)
Loves Catechism. 1707. Vet A4.e.761(4)
The French Kings Catechism. 1709. Vet A4.e.761(5)
The ladies miscellany, a collection of original poems, novels, and other curious tracts, by the most eminent hands. 3rd ed. London, E Curll, 1732. 12 THETA 836
Woman in miniature: a satire. London, J Huggonson, 1742. 85. 6. 26
The Ladys poetical magazine, or, Beauties of British poetry. 4 vols. London, Harrison & Co, 1781-1783. Volumes I & II. Vet.A5 e.2735-2736
"Too long has man, engrossing evry art, Dard to reject the Females rightful part; As if to him, alone, had been confind Heavns greatest gift, a Scientifick Mind. The rougher arts, tis true, men justly claim; But let the smooth and tranquil paths to fame, Which ask not strength of body, but of mind, Be, as the soul, to neither sex confind."
An Author Index appears at the end, including not only the names of established male poets such as Dryden, Gay, Johnson, Pope and Swift, but also of the numerous female poets included such as Lucy Aitkin, Elizabeth Carter, Mary Darwell, Frances Greville, Judith Maden, Emma Roberts, Elizabeth Scott, Hester Thrale and Phillis Wheatley.
Language & Literature (continued)
The Ladys poetical magazine, or Beauties of British poetry. 4 vols. London, Harrison & Co, 1781-1783. Volumes III & IV. Vet.A5 e.2737-2738
The Ladies cabinet, or A companion for the toilet. To which is added, The character of a true gentleman. London, J Robinson, 8, 1743. Douce C 545 (1)
John Gay. The Beggars Opera. London, John Watts, 1735. Douce C 545 (2)
The Lucky Discovery A Comedy. London, Ward & Chandler, nd. Douce C 545 (3)
(All 3 items from Douce C 545 have been included for the sake of completeness).
The ladies polite songster; or, Harmony for the fair sex. London, T Shepherd, 1770. Douce S 18
A volume containing a collection of songs and song-books of the period, c1810. Douce pp 163 (1-45)
(This includes: (8) The ladies evening companion, being a choice collection of the newest songs; and, (41) The ladies evening companion, being an entire new and choice collection of the most admired songs)
Fashion & Beauty
On the ladies hoops and hats new worn, an epigram. London, J Roberts, 1719. Firth b.22 (f.20a)
The Woman of Fashion, a poem. 3rd ed. London, J Bew, 1778. Vet.A5.d.967
The Female Gamester; or, The pupil of fashion. 2 vols. London, Vernor & Hood, 1796. Jessel.e.502
Fashion & Beauty (continued)
The ladies pocket magazine. Parts 1 & 2. London, Joseph Robins, 1829. Per. 2705.f.201
The Ladies, penny gazette; or Mirror of fashion, and miscellany of instruction and amusement. Nos 1,7. London, G H Davidson, 1832. Hope 4 96(10) Hope 4 96(27)
The Ladys gazette of fashion. (50 i11.) London, I T Payne, 1834-5. Per 17503.c.6
A volume of miscellaneous tracts and pamphlets relating to women. 33 items, 1615-1683. Wood 654a (1-33) This includes:
A Discourse of Marriage and Wiving. 1615.
Hollands Leaguer: or, An Historical Discourse of the Life and Actions of Dona Britanica Hollandia the Arch-Mistris of the wicked women of Utopia. 1632.
The Arraignment of Lewd, Idle, Froward (sic), and Unconstant Women
The Taming of a Shrew; Or, The only way to make a Bad Wife Good. nd.
A discoverie of Six Women Preachers. 1641.
St Hillaries Teares Shed upon all Professions
The Virgins Complaint for the losse of their Sweet-Hearts, by these present wars. 1642.
The Mid-Wives just Petition
The Parliament of Ladies
The Ladies, A Second Time, Assembled in Parliament. 1647.
Match me these two; Or the Conviction and Arraignment of Britannicus and Lilburne, with an Answer to the Pamphlet, entitled, The Parliament of Ladies. 1647.
The City-Dames Petition
The Cuckoos Nest at Westminster, or the Parlement between the two Lady-Birds. 1648.
A Dialogue between Mistris Macquerella, a Subyrb Bawd, Ms Scolopendra, a noted Curtezan, and Mr Pimpinello an Usher &c. 1650.
Newes from the new Exchange or the Commonwealth of Ladies. 1650.
Now or Never: Or, A New Parliament of Women Assembled. 1656.
The Trepan, being a true Relation, full of stupendious variety, of the strange practises of Mehetabel the wife of Edward Jones, and Elizabeth wife of Lieutenant John Pigeon,
The Ladies Remonstrance: or a Declaration of the Waiting-Gentlewomen, Chamber-Maids, and Servant Maids, of the City of London, and within the Loyns of Copulation; To all Gentlemen, London Apprentices, and others whom it may concern;
A Declaration of the Maids of the City of London
The Fifth and last part of the Wandering Whore: A dialogue. 1661.
The Womans Champion. 1662.
The Lawyers Clarke Trappand by the Crafty Whore of Canterbury. 1663.
A True Account of the Tryal of Mrs Mary Carlton. 1663.
The Replication of Certain Vindicatory Depositions
The Married Mens Feast
The Character of a Town Misse. 1675.
The Town-Misses Declaration and Apology. 1675.
A Letter of Advice concerning Marriage. 1676.
No item with this number.
Warning for Servants: And a caution to Protestants. Or, the Case of Margaret Clark, Lately Executed for Firing her Masters Hojse in Southwark. 1680
Antigamus or a Satyr against Marriage. 1694
Triumphs of Female Wit. 1683
A section of a miscellaneous volume containing tracts and pamphlets relating to women. 8 items, 1732-1733. Douce P 142 (5-12). This includes:
Dirty Dogs for Dirty Puddings. Or, Memoirs of the Luscious Amours of the Several Persons of both sexes of Quality & Distinction. 1732.
The Commodity Excused: Or, the Women in Uproar. A New Ballad Opera. 1733.
The Friendly Writer and Register of Truth. 1732.
The Ladies Delight. 1732.
The Bee: or, Universal Weekly Pamphlet. Number II. 1733.
Memoirs of the Life of a Norfolk Lady, Related to a certain Great Man of that County. 1733.
The Whole of the Proceedings in the Arches-Court of Canterbury, in the Cause between the Hon Mrs Catherine Weld, Daughter to the Lord Aston and Edward Weld Esquire, Her Husband, Containing, I Her Libel exhibited against him for Impotency. II Her Answer and Replication. III Certification of Ambrose Dickens Esq; His Majestys Serjeant Surgeon, Mr Williams and several other surgeons who examined Mr Weld, and also of three Midwives who examind Mrs Weld. IV Copies of the Depositions of Several Noble Persons, relating to this cause. V The Sentence pronounced by the Worshipful Dr Bettesworth. 1732.
A Miscellany on Taste. 1732
The Female Rebels: Being some remarkable incidents of the lives, characters, and families of the Titular Duke & Dutchess (sic) of Perth, the Lord & Lady Ogilvie, and of Miss Florence McDonald. London, J Wilde, 1747. 22863 e.86
Mudie, Robert. The emigrants pocket companion, containing, what emigration is, who should be emigrants, where emigrants should go; A description of British north America, especially the Canadas; and full instructions to intending emigrants. London, James Cochrane & Co, 1832. [R.H.]
Almanacs for Women
The Ladies Diary; or, the womens [afterw] womans almanack for the year
. Various press-marks:
1706 Rawl. alm. 124(6)
1707 Rawl. alm 128(7)
1708 Douce A 600(1)
1709 Rawl. alm. 131(1)
1710 Rawl. alm. 133(1)
1711 Rawl. alm. 136(1)
1712 Rawl. alm. 138(1)
1716 Douce A 601(1)
1717 Douce A 602(1)
1718 Douce A 603(1)
1720 Johnson alm. 91
1722 Rawl. alm. 172(8)
1723 Douce A 604(1)
1724 Douce A 605(1)
1725 Douce A 606(1)
1726 Douce A 607(1)
1727 Johnson alm. 93
1728 Johnson alm. 94
1729 Douce A 609(1)
1730 Rawl. alm. 153(1)
1731 Douce A 610(1)
1732 Rawl. alm. 155(1)
1733 Rawl. alm. 156(5)
1734 Douce A 612(1)
1736 Rawl. alm. 159(4)
1737 Douce A 613(1)
1739 Rawl. alm. 162(4)
1741 Rawl. alm. 163(1)
1758 Douce A 623(5)
1759 Alm f.1759.1(1)
Almanacs for Women (continued)
The Ladies Diary: or, The womens [afterw.] womans almanack for the year
. Various press-marks:
1769 Douce A 630(3)
1770 Douce A 631(4)
1771 Douce A 632(3)
Almanacs for Women (continued)
The Ladies Diary: or, the womens [afterw.] womans almanack for the year
. Various press marks:
The Ladys and gentlemans diary for the year
(Alm.) 22012 f.7
Almanacs for Women (continued)
The Palladium; or, Appendix to the Ladies diary, 1749-1772. 16 volumes in 4 boxes. London, John Fuller, 1749-1772. Vet.A4.e.1372
Almanacs for Women (continued)
The ladies complete pocket-book. London, John Newbery, 12, 1760. Vet.A5.g.113
The diarian miscellany: consisting of all the useful & entertaining parts, extracted from the Ladies diary, from 1704 to 1773. With additional solutions and improvements. 5 vols. London, G Robinson & R Baldwin, 1775. Volumes I & Ii. 18753.e.58-59
The diarian miscellany: consisting of all the useful & entertaining parts, extracted from the Ladies diary, from 1704 to 1773. With additional solutions and improvements. 5 vols. London, G Robinson & R Baldwin, 1775. Volumes III-V. 18753.e.60-62