London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
MARKHAM, Gervaise (1568?-1637). The English House-Wife. Containing the inward and outward vertues which ought to be in a compleate woman. London: by Nicholas Okes for John Harison, 1631. Small 4° (192 x 140mm). Woodcut printer's device on title, woodcut illustrations. (Lacking blank A1, 2 small wormholes in top inner gutter, slight printing flaw on C4r affecting a few words but sense recoverable, some leaves with unobtrusive marginal waterstain, stronger at end). Tan calf gilt by Ramage, London, gilt edges (scuff marks, spine lightly rubbed, bookplate removed).
The work was originally published in 1623 as Country contentments, or the English huswife, itself an enlargement of book 2 of Countrey Contentments, in two bookes. STC 17353; cf. Poynter pp.128-132.
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