The English House-Wife

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M. [ARKHAM], G. [ERVASE].┬áContaining the inward and outward vertues which ought to be in a compleate woman. As her skill in physicke, surgery, cookery, extraction of oyles, banqueting-stufffe, ordering of great feasts, preseruing of all sorts of wines, conceited secrets, distillations, perfumes, ordering of wooll, hempe, flax, making cloth, and dying, the knowledge of dayries, office of malting, of oates, their excellent vses in a family, of brewing, baking, and all other things belonging to an houshold. London: Printed by Nicholas Oakes for John Harison, 1631. 252 pages. 20 x 14.5 cm. Originally published in 1623 as “Country contentments, or English huswife,” which as an enlangement of book 2 of Countrey contentments, in two bookes. A fascinating look into the home life and hearth. Markham’s instructions include advice on everything from the plague to baldness and bad breath, with guidance on brewing beer, growing flax and hemp for thread. Modern half morocco, spine somewhat worn, title with some soiling, blank lower corners cleanly cut away between I2 and K5, some minor toning or faint waterstaining. Generally clean copy with full margins (some lower edges untrimmed). Early ownership inscription on the title, “Ex Libris Cobb.” Maroon modern half morocco, title in gilt on spine. Good. Hardcover.