Compendiöses Wirthschafts-Buch für Frauenzimmer. Friedrich Joseph ERNST,

Compendiöses Wirthschafts-Buch für Frauenzimmer. Quedlinburg: Friedrich Joseph Ernst, 1806.

8vo (171 x 105 mm). [iv], 107 pp. Contemporary brown speckled paper boards, edges sprinkled red.***

Only Edition of a methodical guide for the German lady of the house, with instructions on domestic and personal care from the pantry to the boudoir. 216 short chapters arranged by subject in twelve parts, helpfully indexed at end, treat the pickling and preservation of foodstuffs; recipes for beverages, mainly alcoholic and stimulant (these include a number of unappetizing coffee substitutes); methods for cleaning various materials (lace, silk, colored clothes) and household objects (mirrors, silver, giltwood); the manufacture of cleaning supplies and other household objects (candles, starch); and bodily hygiene and feminine beauty. Cooking is not included: the publisher’s preface explains that the volume supplements his previously published cookbook (cited as Neuestes allgemein verständliches Kochbuch, date unknown, no copies located). The final two parts of the Wirthschaftsbuch -- a distant descendant of the book of secrets -- are devoted to health, popular medicine, ointments and cosmetics, and include remedies for the aggravations of bad breath, stomach cramps, warts, and a wan complexion, as well as instructions for artificial resuscitation and for emergency treatment in cases of hypothermia and poisoning, and solutions for other less pernicious aggravations.

The work may have been compiled by the publisher Friedrich Joseph Ernst, who specialized in works of popular medicine, practical treatises on subjects of local interest (beer brewing, the fabrication of fruit wine), and works of interest to women, including a dissertation on the beauty of the bosom.

Fine copy. Rare: only the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin copy located in KVK; that copy lost in the war; not in Holzmann-Bohatta. Item #2035

Price: $1,750.00

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