If one were to judge by the sheer number of tracts and sermons addressed to or dealing with servants in early modern England, one might conclude that servants were one of the most widely-discussed subjects among clergy, economists and other writers. The 'servant question' as it would come to be termed in the nineteenth century, was a main source of cultural anxiety throughout the early modern period. From the wealth of textual material about female servants, Jeannie Dalporto has chosen four representative texts for inclusion in this volume. They have been chosen to illustrate how books addressed to female servants evolved and to show that women in service and the ordering of the household were integral to the way labour and gender structured early modern socio-economic ideals. Of the four texts reproduced here, two are manuals explaining the duties of female servants, while two are critical, in some respects, of such books addressed to servants. The Early Modern Englishwoman is designed to make available a comprehensive and focused collection of writings in English from 1500 to 1750, both by women and for and about them. The three series of printed writings ( 1500 - 1640 , 1641 - 1700 and 1701 - 1750 ) provide a varied selection of separately published writings by women. In addition to the Preface by the General Editors and an Introductory Note, the contents comprise : J(ohn) S(hirley) - The Accomplished Ladies Rich Closet ( 1687 ); Mary Collier - ' THE Woman's Labour', pp. 5-17 in THE Woman's Labour ( 1739 ); Eliza Fowler Haywood - A PRESENT FOR A Servant-Maid (1743 ); Jonathan Swift - DIRECTIONS TO SERVANTS ( 1745 ). The binding is tight, the bottom of the spine only lightly bumped and the gilt lettering is still bright. Apart from a red library stamp on the front endpaper, the cut edges and actual text are very clean and unmarked.