Item #014148 The Wife's Manual, or Prayers, Thoughts, and Songs, on Several Occasions of a Matron's Life. William Calvert.
The Wife's Manual, or Prayers, Thoughts, and Songs, on Several Occasions of a Matron's Life
The Wife's Manual, or Prayers, Thoughts, and Songs, on Several Occasions of a Matron's Life
The Wife's Manual, or Prayers, Thoughts, and Songs, on Several Occasions of a Matron's Life
The Wife's Manual, or Prayers, Thoughts, and Songs, on Several Occasions of a Matron's Life
The Wife's Manual, or Prayers, Thoughts, and Songs, on Several Occasions of a Matron's Life
The Wife's Manual, or Prayers, Thoughts, and Songs, on Several Occasions of a Matron's Life
The Wife's Manual, or Prayers, Thoughts, and Songs, on Several Occasions of a Matron's Life
The Wife's Manual, or Prayers, Thoughts, and Songs, on Several Occasions of a Matron's Life

The Wife's Manual, or Prayers, Thoughts, and Songs, on Several Occasions of a Matron's Life

London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1854. First Edition, First Printing. A Very Good Hardcover.

Signed by the author. First Edition


A beautifully illustrated devotional book in original cloth stamped in blind and gilt. 100, [2] pp.; illustrated from intricate wood-cuts with side-pieces, floriated initials, and other designs throughout the text.

The text of each page is within an ornamented border. contains nearly fifty prayers and meditations. 18 by 12.7 cm (7 by 5 inches) [4], 100, [2]: complete, including both half title and engraved title pages. - Cloth is worn, gilt has faded, fraying to corners and extremities; hinges cracked, binding otherwise holding, faint marginal age-toning, small dampstain affecting hinge in early pages, text otherwise clean throughout.


Very Good / No Jacket. Item #014148

Written as a book to comfort women during various times in their lives through a wide range of events and gives insight into the world of a well-to-do English lady but is also notable for its typography and decoration, the book is the first known example of the Basle Roman typeface, this being cut by William Howard for the Chiswick Press; and illustrations engraved by Mary Byfield. [Johnson, p7 oclc, wiki]

The engraved borders, initial letters, and vignettes are 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' [oclc]

Title-page border signed: W. Calvert delt. M Byfield sc. Each page of main text within woodcut border designed, either as indicated above, or in the same style by Elizabeth Eleanor Whittingham and Charlotte Whittingham, engraved by Mary Byfield.

Ref: Johnson; Old-Face Types in the Victorian Age p7 fm The Monotype Recorder, No. 242, 1931OCLC: 6961013; Johnson, A. F. (1966) Type Designs; 3rd ed. London: Andre Deutsch; pp. 83-85.

Price: $850.00