Housewifery in 1800’s ~

~ here is a list of old antique books on Housewifery and Household Management topics.

I think it is most interesting that these old books existed and wish that they were still in circulation for the housewives of our day. Visit

The old saying is, the goal is to be : ” ~Well Bred, ~Well Fed, ~Well Read, ~Well Wed” Wouldn’t you have loved to had all this information under your belt before you were married? It would have made housewifery much easier if you and I were well educated and very familiar with the skills these old books contain. We should start teaching these books beginning in the middle school grades to prepare our daughters !!!

If you love old books the way I do you will enjoy browsing through these dated treasures !!

~ Teresa

~ Housekeeping & Etiquette Bibliography List ~

~ The American housewife and kitchen directory: containing the most valuable and original receipts, in all
the various branches of cookery; together with a collection of miscellaneous receipts and directions
relative to housewifery. New York Dick and Fitzgerald, 1869.
~ The art of conversing; written for the instruction of youth in the polite manners and language of the
drawing-room. Boston, 1850.
~ The Art of good behavior; and letter writer on love, courtship, and marriage: a complete guide for ladies
and gentlemen. New York: C.P. Huestis, 1845.
~ The Art of pleasing, or, The American lady and gentleman’s book of etiquette. Cincinnati: H.M. Rulison,
~ At home and abroad; or, How to behave. New York: D. Appleton, 1869. (165)
~ Beadle’s dime book of etiquette: a practical guide to good breeding, and complete directory to the
observances of society. New York: Beadle and Co., 1864. (98)
~ Beadle’s dime book of practical etiquette for ladies and gentlemen: being a guide to true gentility and
good-breeding, and a complete directory to the usages and observances of society. Including etiquette of
the ball room, of the evening party, the dinner-party, the card and chess table, of business, of the home
circle, &c, &c. New York: Irwin P. Beadle & Co., 1859. (vi, [7]-72)
~ Book of Politeness. Philadelphia: Fisher, 1800. ([60])
~ The bride’s book of etiquette. New York: Brides House, 1948. (174)
~ The daughter’s own book: or, Practical hints from a father to his daughter. Philadelphia: Lippincott
Grambo & Co., 1853. (viii, [9]-240, 22)
~ Domestic economy: a class-book for girls. London: T. Nelson, 1882. (144)
~The Economical housewife: comprising advice on the management of household affairs: with a choice
collection of receipts for economical domestic cookery. Lockport, NY: N. Leonard Printer and Publisher,
1841. ([6], 5-48, [1])
~ Etiquette for ladies; with hints on the preservation, improvement, and display of female beauty.
Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1841. (1 l , 5-224)
~ Every day home advice relating chiefly to household management, with hints upon houses, how to
construct and preserve; domestic cookery in all its departments … together with hints upon nearly every
emergency that arises during the lifetime of man, woman or child. New York: G.W. Carleton & Co.,
1883. (xxiv, 25-527)

Published in: on January 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. On the TV show “Wife Swap” a lady referred to a book published in the 1800s about being a wife. Is there any cahance you know what that book is? It was a small paperback book, probaby no larger than a 5×7 size. If I recall the front was black, green, or both.

  2. You can get some of these books on google books for free 🙂

  3. Hi We have just started our journey of living a simpler life. We have values, but are not affiliated with any religion. I love to learn and use techniques from an earlier time. I find it amazing people don’t have time today to make their own things and that we just accept things break and you buy another to replace it. So I will be looking for ideas your site gives me to live simpler. People forget people who where agricultural labours in the 1800s worked 10 to 12 hours a day and still the mothers cleaned and feed up to 10 or more children. The mothers did this too. So there are lessons to be learned from those women, they found ways to work and house keep.

  4. The name of the book is fascinating womanhood

  5. The name of the book is fascinating womanhood

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