Women's history: Conduct, etiquette and advice manuals
Allestree, Richard. The ladies calling: In two parts. Oxford: Printed at the Theater, 1673. Cardiff Rare Books: Early English Octavo. BJ1069.A5
Astell, Mary. A serious proposal to the ladies, for the advancement of their true and greatest interest. London: Printed for R. Wilkin at the King's Head in St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1694. Cardiff Rare Books: Early English Octavo. PR3316.A8.S3
Astell, Mary. An essay in defence of the female sex: In which are inserted the characters of a pedant, a squire, a beau, a vertuoso, a poetaster, a city-critick, &c.: In a letter to a lady. London: Printed for A. Roper and E. Wilkinson at the Black Boy, and R. Clavel at the Peacock, in Fleetstreet, 1696. Cardiff Rare Books: Early English Octavo. HQ1201.A8
Astell, Mary. A farther essay relating to the female-sex: containing six characters, and six perfections: with the description of self-love: to which is added a character of a compleat beau. 1668-1731. London: Printed for A. Roper and E. Wilkinson at the Black-Boy in Fleet-Street, 1696. Cardiff Rare Books: Early English Octavo. HQ1201.A8
Bennett, Rev. John. Letters to a young lady, on a variety of useful and interesting subjects: calculated to improve the heart, to form the manners, and enlighten the understanding. "That our daughters may be as polished corners of the temple." Dublin: Printed for J. Jones, No. 111, Grafton-Street, 1791. Cardiff Rare Books: Early English Octavo. BJ1681.B3
D’Ancourt, Abbé. The lady's preceptor: Or, a letter to a young lady of distinction upon politeness. London: Printed for J. Watts, and sold by B. Dod at the Bible and Key in Ave-Mary-Lane, near Stationers-Hall, 1743. Cardiff Rare Books: Early English Octavo. BJ1886.A6
Dorrington, Theophilus. The excellent woman described by her true characters and their opposites: being a just and instructive representation of the vertues and vices of the sex... London: Printed for John Wyat, 1695. WG30(1695)
F., A. The ladies' pocket book of etiquette, and manual of politeness. Waltham Saint Lawrence: Golden Cockerel Press, 1928. Cardiff Rare Books: Private Presses Octavo. Text is from the edition published Liverpool, 1838. BJ1876.L2
Female instructor; or, Young woman's friend & companion: being a guide to all the accomplishments which adorn the female character, either as a useful member of society - a pleasing companion, or, a respectable mother of a family. London: Henry Fisher, Son, and P. Jackson, 1833. WG59.251
Griffith, Elizabeth. Essays addressed to young married women. London: Printed for T. Cadell and J. Robson, 1782. WG30(1782)
James, John Angell. Duwioldeb merch: neu, Gyfaill ac arweinydd y ferch ieuangc trwy fywyd i anfarwoldeb. Caernarfon: Argraffwyd gan H. Humphreys, 1861-1866? WG59.227
Marged, Modryb. Ruth: neu, Gynghorion a chyfarwyddiadau i ferched ieuainc: mewn cyfres o lythyrau, &c. Bangor: Argraffwyd gan J. Mendus Jones, 1864. WG9.M
Muilman, Teresia Constantia. A letter humbly addressed to the Right Honourable the Earl of Chesterfield. London: Printed for the author and sold at her house, 1750. [Subjects: Women -- Social and moral questions; Women -- Conduct of life -- Early works to 1800] WG30(1750)
Parker, Emma. Important trifles: chiefly appropriate to females on their entrance into society. London: Printed for T. Egerton, Military Library, Whitehall, C. Roworth, pr., 1817. WG36.4.1120
S., J. [John Shirley]. The accomplished ladies rich closet of rarities: or, The ingenious gentlewoman and servant-maids delightful companion. Containing many excellent things for the accomplishment of the female sex, after the exactest manner and method, to which is added, a second part, containing directions for the guidance of a young gentlewoman, as to her behaviour and seemly deportment, &c. Together with a new accession of many curious things and matters, profitable to the female sex, not published in the former editions. London: Printed by J. W. for N. Boddington, at the Golden-Ball, in Duck Lane, 1706. Cardiff Rare Books: Early English Octavo. TX144.S4
Savile, George, Marquis of Halifax. The lady's new-years-gift or advice to a daughter . Kensington: printed and sold by Philip Sainsbury at the Cayme Press, 1927. Cardiff Rare Books: Private Presses Quarto. HQ1229.H3
Williams, Anna. Hints from an invalid mother to her daughter on subjects connected with moral and religious improvement in the conduct of life, in various relations. London: J. Hatchard, 1815? WG36.4.704
Williams, David. Y ferch ieuanc [The young girl]. Caernarfon: O. R. Owen, 1889. WG5.3.C
Women’s advice books and manuals, 1615-1747
Microfilmed from originals held at the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Humanities microfilm 50
From the series: Women advising women. Part 2, Advice books, manuals, almanacs, and journals, c.1625-1837 from the Bodleian Library, Oxford
Contains miscellaneous tracts and pamphlets relating to women:
33 items, 1615-1683:
(1) A Discourse of Marriage and Wiving. 1615.
(2) Hollands Leaguer: or, An Historical Discourse of the Life and Actions of Dona Britanica Hollandia the Arch-Mistris of the wicked women of Eutopia. 1632.
(3) The Arraignment of Lewd, Idle, Froward [sic], and Unconstant Women. 1637.
(4) The Taming of a Shrew: Or, The only way to make a Bad Wife Good. n.d.
(5) A Discoverie of six Women Preachers. 1641.
(6) St Hillaries Teares Shed upon all Professions. 1642.
(7) The Virgins Complaint for the losse of their Sweet-Hearts, by these present wars. 1642
(8) The Mid-Wives just Petition. 1643.
(9) The Parliament of Ladies. 1647.
(10) The Ladies, A Second Time, Assembled in Parliament. 1647.
(11) Match me these two; Or the Conviction and Arraignment of Britannicus and Lilburne, with an Answer to the Pamphlet, entitled, The Parliament of Ladies. 1647.
(12) The City-Dames Petition. 1647.
(13) The Cuckoo's Nest at Westminster, or the Parlement between the two Lady-Birds. 1648.
(14) A Dialogue between Mistris Macquerella, a Suburb Bawd, Ms Scolopendra, a noted Curtezan, and Mr Pimpinello an Usher &c. 1650.
(15) Newes from the New Exchange or the Commonwealth of Ladies. 1650.
(16) Alimony Arraign'd. 1654.
(17) Now or Never: Or, A New Parliament of Women Assembled. 1656.
(18) The Trepan, being a true Relation, full of stupendious variety, of the strange practises of Mehetabel the wife of Edward Jones, and Elizabeth wife of Lieutenant John Pigeon. 1656.
(19) The Ladies Remonstrance: or a Declaration of the Waiting-Gentlewomen, Chamber-Maids, and Servant Maids, of the city of London, and within the Loyns of Copulation; To all Gentlemen, London - Apprentices, and others whom it may concern. 1659.
(20) A Declaration of the Maids of the city of London. 1659.
(21) The Fifth and last part of the Wandring Whore: A dialogue. 1661.
(22) The Womans-Champion. 1662.
(23) The Lawyer's Clarke Trappan'd by the Crafty Whore of Cantobury. 1663.
(24) A True Account of the Tryal of Mrs Mary Carlton. 1663.
(25) The Replication of certain Vindicatory Depositions. 1663.
(26) The Married Mens Feast. 1671.
(27) The Character of a Town Misse. 1675.
(28) The Town-Misses Declaration and Apology. 1675.
(29) A Letter of Advice concerning Marriage. 1676.
(31) Warning for Servants: And a caution to Protestants. Or, the Case of Margret Clark, Lately Executed for Firing her Master's House in Southwark. 1680.
(32) Antigamus or A Satyr against Marriage. 1694.
(33) Triumphs of Female wit. 1683.
8 items, 1732-1733:
(5) Dirty Dogs for Dirty Puddings. Or, Memoirs of the Luscious Amours of the Several Persons of both sexes of Quality & Distinction. 1732
(6) The Commodity Excused: Or, The Women in Uproar. A New Ballad Opera. 1733.
(7) The Friendly writer and Register of Truth. 1732.
(8) The Ladies Delight. 1732.
(9) The Bee: or, Universal Weekly Pamphlet. Number II. 1733.
(10) Memoirs of the Life of a Norfolk Lady, Related to a certain Great Man of that County. 1733.
(11) The Whole of the Proceedings in the Arches-Court of Canterbury, ln the Cause between the Hon Mrs Catherine Weld, Daughter to the Lord Aston and Edward Weld Esquire, Her Husband. Containing, I Her Libel exhibited against him for Impotency; II Her Answer and Replication