A looking-glasse for married folkes 1631

by Jessica C. Murphy

Snawsel, Robert. A looking-glasse for married folkes, wherein they may plainly see their deformities; and also how to behaue themselues one to another, and both of them towards God. Set forth dialogue-wise for the more tastable and plainnesse sake. London: Henry Bell, 1631.

Snawsel did not think that the English translation of Erasmus’s seven dialogues was quite enough because there still seemed to be so many unhappy marriages, so he expanded on one of them. In this dialogue, Eulaly and Abigail try to make Xantip over from a shrew to a sheep, and they also try to convince Xantip’s husband to be good.

The Huntington Library in San Marino has a pretty good copy. A nice little octavo for carrying around. EEBO’s copy of this edition is from the Bodleian, but there is a 1619 one in Texas. ESTC ID S117636