[Hardy, Edward John]. The Five Talents of Woman: A Book for Girls and Women; By the Author of "How To Be Happy Though Married," "Manners Makyth Man," Etc., Etc. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1888. 
Former library book, faint gilt call numbers to spine, old bookplate, several stamps including a red "Withdrawn" on the title page, ink name stamp on the bottom closed page edge. Two-tone decorated brown cloth, 5 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches, 301 pp., a few library stamps in margins, 8 pp. publisher's catalogue. Good. Hardcover.
Attributed to Edward John Hardy (1849-1920), who wrote books on matrimony, manners, romance, travel, and history. His chapter on Military Nursing Sisters includes his observations of the Royal Victoria Hospital near Southampton; this and other references lead one to believe that he was English or Irish. We haven't found a good biographical reference regarding him.
Chapters include The Power of a Woman's Smile; How to be a Lady; Housewife or House-Moth?; Woman's Work - To Teach; Choosing a Husband; What Bait do You Use, Ladies?; The Influence of a Wife; About Mothers; Health-Preservers; How to be Happy though Single; Nurses and Nursing; Military Nursing Sisters; Daughters and Sisters; Talk Less and Say More; Woman's Letters; Woman's Studies; A Girl's Religion; Women's Recreations.