The "Enquire Within" books have been an enduring success ever since the first appeared in 1856, somewhat arrogantly titled 'Enquire Within Upon Everything'. Unlike an encyclopaedia, it offered information and advice on all matters domestic and social, and was a staple of Victorian households. Updated versions continued to appear until the last in 1994, when the world-wide web began to take over the role it had occupied so effectively for so long. "Every Woman's Enquire Within", thought to have been published around 1938, may have used the 'Enquire Within' tag in order to benefit from the original's proven popularity. The Editor's aim, stated in a short foreword, was to produce a "complete, self-contained Reference Library dealing with those manifold Home Affairs round which the life of every woman centres". Topics covered include Home Management, Finance, Nursing & First Aid, Hobbies & Handicrafts, Pets & Poultry, Careers, Etiquette, Gardening, and the Law.
Our copy is in generally good condition for its age and probable history of use. Bound in green cloth (somewhat faded, age-worn, and marked) with darker green lines on the front and title & decorative borders on the spine. The endpapers are immaculately clean, but the text block is affected somewhat by foxing - light in some parts, a little more obvious elsewhere - as are the page edges. The text, however, is clear, and the binding is firm with no loose pages. There are B/W illustrations throughout, and some sections of sepia-tinted photographs.