Sunday, June 05, 2005

How to....

How to books have always been popular.

From A CATALOGUE OF ALL THE ENGLISH BOOKS THAT HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED FOR THESE SIXTY YEARS PAST TO THE PRESENT TIME, WITH THE PRICES AFFIXED. 1764
[The prices are shillings and pence. There were, of course, 20 shillings to the pound and 12 pennies to the shilling.]

The Art of Angling for Rock and Sea Fish 2 6
The Art of being easy at all Times and in all Places 2 0
The Art of pleasing in Conversation, Fr. and Eng. 6 0
The Art of Ringing 1 6
The Art of Painting in Miniature 1 6
The Art of Preserving Health 1 6
The Art of Speaking in Public 2 6
The Art of Speaking 4 6
The Art of Poetry, on a new Plan 6 0
The Art of Thinking (Introduction to) 2 6
The Art of Letter-writing 2 6

But in the middle of this innocuous list was:
The Art of Tormenting 3 6
What or earth was this? A torture manual?

1 comment:

Padmini said...

Hey: I came across your blog while googling 'The Art of Tormenting'--it's a satire written by Jane Collier in the 1700s on how to conduct one's domestic life. Very tongue in cheek and way before its time!