The Housemaid’s Complete Guide and Adviser: or, The Best and Most Easy Methods of Arranging and Performing All the Business of the Housemaid, in Respectable Families. Describing the Duties of Her Situation, the Work Which is Required to be Done, and
Sargeant, A[nne] M[aria].

London: Dean & Son, 1854. A new edition, “completely revised and corrected.” The earliest edition noted in OCLC is 1846; COPAC records an edition printed in 1851. Two leaves of publisher’s ads printed on yellow paper, one tipped in at front and the other at rear. Verso of rear wrapper printed with ads. Binding extremities worn with a bit of creasing, slight soiling, and a handful of chips and tears, including a tear to upper rear wrapper with extremely minor loss of a single letter. Wrappers torn at gutter margin, but holding. Spine perished. Leaves creased at upper corners, the occasional minor smudge or small stain. Intermittent slight browning. A good copy of a scarce, fragile work. Two leaves of publisher’s ads printed on yellow paper, one tipped in at front and the other at rear. Verso of rear wrapper printed with ads. Twelvemo. iv, 72 pp. (Item ID: 16499)

$400.00

We were able to find little biographical information about Anne Maria Sargeant (1809/1810-1852), though an obituary appearing in the 1852 issue of Gentleman’s Magazine notes that she was a contributor to the publications “Chambers’ Journal” and “The Belle Assemblée”. She wrote a variety of works, which include The Isle of Wight and Other Poems (1832), Tales of the Reformation (1846), and Papa and Mamma’s Easy Lessons in Geography (1850). The Housemaid’s Complete Guide contains instruction and advice for domestic duties, such as: cleaning hairbrushes and combs, plates, silverware, parlors and drawing rooms, ladies shoes, laying the dinner table, waiting at table, directions for needlework, preparing starch, trimming and cleaning lamps, and much more.

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