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1852 MRS LOUDON Lady's Country Companion GARDENING Cooking DOMESTIC ANIMALS etc

1852 MRS LOUDON Lady's Country Companion GARDENING Cooking DOMESTIC ANIMALS etc

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The Lady's Country Companion;
Or, How To Enjoy A Country Life Rationally.

With Engraving on Steel, and Illustrations on Wood

By Mrs Loudon

Published by Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, London 1852. Fourth Edition. Hardback, 8vo, original cloth binding, pp xi, 436,[32 publisher's adverts]. Illustrated with plates and with drawing in text,.

CONDITION
A good copy. The cloth binding is aged and discoloured but is generally good for its age (see iamges). All contents present and pages very clean throughout and free from foxing stains etc, name written to front endpaper in a contemporary hand and dated 1852. Illustrations good. Overall a good sound copy of this scarce title.

For those of us lucky enough to own a country manor house this is a great book to help you run your home, gardens, animals, etc

CONTENTS

Preface

LETTER I.

INTRODUCTION

BOOK I. THE HOUSE.

LETTER II.

First Impressions of the Country -  Making Fires

LETTER III.

Hall. - Morning Room. - Book-Cases. - Plants in Pots. - Squirrels, Canary Birds, Parrots and Macaws, Monkeys, Gold Fish, and Cut Flowers. - Drawing-room. - Dining-room

LETTER IV

Flies. - Servants' Offices, including the Housekeeper's Room and Store Closet, the Kitchen, and the Scullery.  - Brewing; making Home-made Wines, Cider, and Perry; and making Bread, Rolls, Cakes, Rusks, Muffins and  Crumpets, and Biscuits

LETTER V.

Impromptu Cookery.- Soups. - Poultry. - Pigeons. - Game, - Salads of Cold Meat and Potatoes. - Modes of dressing Potatoes and Carrots. - Sauces. - Omelettes, - Creams, and Side Dishes. - Miscellaneous Cookery. - National Cookery. - The French Pot-au-Feu.- Italian Macaroni. - German Sauer Kraut. - Polish Barsch. - Spanish Olla Podrida and Puchero. - Scotch Haggis, Barley Broth and Hotch-potch. - English Plum-pudding. Puddings. Potato Flour. Pickles. Pork Pies

LETTER VI.

The Larder. - Salting Meat, Bacon, and Hams. - The Dairy. - Management of Milk. - Making and keeping Butter. - Making Cheese of various Kinds. Ice-House, Ice-Cellar, and Ice-Cooler.--Ice-Creams

BOOK II. THE GARDEN.

LETTER VII.

Planting a regular Geometrical Flower-Garden. - List of Plants. - Mode of laying out regular Figures on the Ground. - Rules for arranging Colours.- Planting Side Beds.-Plants with fragrant Flowers.- Culture of Bulbs - Reserve Ground.- Culture of Annuals, Perennials, and Biennials. - Hotbeds and Frames for raising and keeping Half-hardy Flowers

LETTER VIII.

Use of Plant-Houses. Nature of Climates. - Different Kinds of Hothouses, - The Dry Stove, the Bark Stove, and the Orchideous House. - Culture of Plants in the Bark Stove. - Aquarium and Water Plants. - Red Spider. - Culture of Succulent Stove Plants. - Culture of Orchideous Plants. - The Greenhouse. - The Australian House, and Culture of its Plants. - The common Greenhouse, the Heath House, the Conservatory, the Orangery, and the Camellia House. - The Culture of Plants in the common Greenhouse. - Potting Plants. Heaths. - Culture of Plants in the Conservatory. - Culture of Orange Trees. - Aphides

LETTER IX

The Park and Pleasure-Grounds.- Situation of old Houses. - Water. - Forest Scenery. - Effect of a Shrubbery in harmonising a Flower-Garden with a Park. - Opening Vistas.- Scenes in a Park. - Fences against Cattle. - Styles in Gardening. - Use of a Terrace. - Patte d'Oie. - Planting an Architectural Garden. - Planting an Arboretum - Renovating Turf

LETTER X

Laying out a Kitchen Garden. - Making Gravel Walks -  Box Edgings. - Crops of Culinary Vegetables. - Cucumbers, Melons, and Mushrooms - The Management of Fruit Trees. - Planting. - Protecting the Blossoms. - Stone Fruits. - Fig Trees. - Grapes. - Management of a Vinery. - Growing Pine-apples. - Forcing Peaches and Nectarines. - Standard Fruit Trees. - - Kernel Fruits. - Fruit Shrubs.- Strawberries. - Tart-Rhubarb

LETTER XII.

Operations of Gardening. - Digging, Forking, and Hoeing. - Sowing Seeds. - Taking off' Suckers. - Making Layers and Cuttings. - Budding, Grafting, and Inarching. - Pruning and Training. - Disbudding. - Manuring. - Keeping Fruit in a Fruit-Room

BOOK III. DOMESTIC ANIMALS.

LETTER XIII.

Quadrupeds kept for Amusement. - Horses for riding and driving in Pony Carriages. - Mules, Zebras, Quaggas, and Donkeys. - Dogs and Cats

LETTER XIV.

Quadrupeds kept for supplying Food. - Goats, Pigs, Rabbits, and Deer, Cows, Calves,

LETTER XV.

Inhabitants of the Poultry-Yard : Fowls, Turkeys, Guinea Fowls, Geese, Ducks, and Pigeons. - Peacocks and Hens. Diseases of Poultry, and their Cure - The Inhabitants of the Ponds: Fish and Aquatic Fowls, including Swans, exotic Geese and Ducks. - Inhabitants of the Woods: including Pheasants and Partridges, Herons and Bitterns. - Aviary, Apiary, and the Management of Bees - Silk-worms

BOOK IV. RURAL WALKS.

LETTER XVII.

Shoes and Apparatus for Walking.- Rural Seats. - Natural Objects noted in a Country Walk; the Mole; the Shrike; the Black Snail; the Siller Cups; the Woundwort. - Pleasures of studying Botany. - Granite - Appearance of the Clouds

BOOK V.

COUNTRY AMUSEMENTS.

LETTER XVIII.

Archery : Targets; Self Bows and Backed Bows; Bow-strings; Arrows; Arm Bracer and Shooting-Glove; Belt and Tassel; and Quiver. - Sketching in the open Air: Block-Book and Pencils; Artist's Colours; Touch of the different Trees. - Swinging - Pleasure-Boats. - Skating. - Sporting Terms

BOOK VI.

COUNTRY DUTIES.

LETTER XIX.

Relation between a Landed Proprietor and the Cottagers on his Estate. - How to relieve the Poor -  Establishing Schools. - Teaching the Daughters of the Poor to make Clothes, and teaching them Cooking. - Employing the Poor. - Assisting the Poor in Illness. - Making Clothes for the Poor

LIST OF ENGRAVINGS.

The Manor House in its original State

1. Ground Plan of the Manor-House

2. Spigot and Faucet

3. Mash-stirrer

4. Mash-tub

5. Fruit-crusher

6. Cabbage-cutting Machine for preparing Saver Kraut Garden Front of the Manor-House in its improved State

7. Radiated Geometrical Flower-garden

8. Square Geometrical Flower-garden

9, 10 &11 Diagrams for forming the Bods of Flower-gurdens

12. Compound Geometrical Flower-garden

13. Park Fence

14. Poultry-yard

15. Sitting-box for Hens

16. Hen-roost

17. Hen-coop

18. Nidulària campanulàta

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