The Wife’s Manual, or Prayers, Thoughts, and Songs, On Several Occasions of a Matron’s Life.
Calvert, William.

London: Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts 1861. Third edition, with no variations from the first edition, published in 1854. Engraved borders, initial letters, and vignettes by Mary Byfield. Per the author, “the style of ornamentation adopted in this little volume is that of A Book of Christian Prayers printed by John Day, 1569, usually called Queen Elizabeth’s Prayer Book. The side-pieces on pages 1, 2, 6, 13 are [facsimiles] of woodcuts in that work” (p. 8). Binding lightly worn, cloth slightly soiled, minor fraying to head and tail of spine. Light foxing. A very good copy Publisher’s brown cloth with central gilt-stamped device, tooled decoratively in blind, beveled edges. All edges gilt and gauffered, brown endpapers Quarto. [8], 102, [+2, ads] pp. (Item ID: 16546)


We were able to find little information about William Calvert, except for his dates (1819-1880). The Wife’s Manual contains nearly fifty prayers and meditations.

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