David.   Elizabeth     - A unique copy; signed twice
English Bread and Yeast Book
Elizabeth David English Bread and Yeast Cookery With illustrations by Wendy Jones - Allen Lane (with illustrated drawings of bread loaves)
FIRST EDITION. 1977. 8vo. Front and back paste-down and endpapers with illustrated drawings. [1] 1fep with Elizabeth David's signature to 'Paula Ferieter A small thank you December 1st 1977' [1] Title page. Signed again by the author. [1] 1pp To Jill Norman Affectionately. [1] vii-x Contents. xi-xiv Acknowledgements. xv-xvi List of Plates. xvii-xxii Introduction. 1pp History and Background. [1] 3-547. [1] 8pp Bibliography. 557-591 Index. 10feps. Very good D/W. Dark Grey cloth boards and spine with gilt writing. Condition, as new. A very desirable copy, especially with the double E.D. signature.
- The end-paper drawings are by Lady Llanover from her 'Good Cookery' 1867. There are many wonderful illustrated drawings in text. In 1973 E.D. severed all connections with the business trading under her name. She then spent her time concentrating on study and experiments for this book. In 1976 she was awarded the OBE. Elizabeth revealed to Jill Norman in a TV documentary about her some years ago, that had she known the work entailed in this book she may never have started it in the first place. It is an impressively comprehensive study of bread and yeast from the time of first records.

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David.   Elizabeth     - A signed copy of a limited edition
Italian Food
THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF ITALIAN FOOD HAS BEEN LIMITED TO 400 COPIES AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, ELIZABETH DAVID, OF WHICH THIS COPY IS NUMBER 168/400. ELIZABETH DAVID (And also her full signature, undelined) WITH THE COMPLIMENTS OF CPC (UNITED KINGDOM) LTD., FOOD INGREDIENTS DIVISION CHRISTMAS 1988. BARRIE & JENKINS LONDON.
SPECIAL EDITION. Large 4to. Light grey paste-down and endpapers. Half-title. [1] Title page. [1] Second title page. [1] 1pp Contents. On the verso, a re-print of Kitchen scenes from Bartolomeo Scappi's Opera. 7-16 Introduction. p16 Acknowledgements. On verso; A painting of a Kitchen. 19-224. 225-239 [1] Index. Light grey paste-down and endpapers. Light grey cloth binding with silver writing on the spine. D/J as new. Internally very clean. As new.
- A very handsome book. With many coloured illustrations and wonderful reprints of paintings of numerous kitchen scenes. Although this is a very glossy production compared to her other books, it definitely has the E.D. stamp. It has many interesting recipes and fulsome information on all things gastronomically Italian and Italian products. A rare signed copy of a limited edition of 400 only, published four years before her death.

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David.   Elizabeth     - A signed copy
French Provincial Cooking
ELIZABETH DAVID French Provincial Cooking ILLUSTRATED BY JULIAN RENNY LONDON: MICHAEL JOSEPH
FIRST EDITION. 1960. D/W in very good condition. Green cloth boards with red illustration on front cover. Spine with a red label and gilt lettering. 1fep. Half-title with signature of the author dated November 25th 1960. [1] Title page. [1] 1p Dedication 'To P.H. with Love' 1pp Acknowledgements. 2pp Contents. 9-14 Introduction. 15-459. 460-461 Cookery books. 462-473 Bibliograpghy. 474-493 Index. [1] 1fep. Text very clean. Overall in excellent condition. Extremely scarce book especially signed by E.D.
- The dedication to 'P.H. with Love' is the initials of a lover of that period, whom Lisa Chaney in her book about E.D. informs us, was the person that E.D. loved the most, but eventually left her to marry another. The identity of this person, although known to her friends, is not revealed.

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Davidson.   Alan (Editor)     - A unique set signed by Alan Davidson
Petits Propos Culinaires
Journals 1-73.
5 clamshell cases - each approx. 210x150x95mm. Each case in half bottle green morocco with green cloth covering. The spine with raised bands, gilt lines and a red morocco gilt lettered label. Each case with a light fawn felt cloth base. The cases are numbered; 1-15, 16-31, 32-48, 49-63, 64-73. Journal #1 is #345 of the first limited edition of 500. Numbers 1-59 and 61-63 are all signed by Alan Davidson. Number 60 is un-signed. Journals 63-73 are all signed by Tom Jaine. In journal #5, there is a letter of apology to Hugo Dunn-Meynell, for a printing mistake by A.D. in an article on Turabi Effendi. The letter is also signed by A.D. In journal #32 there is a page from Kidder's cookbook. In #49 there is a signed compliment slip signed by A.D, and two signed letters from Jenny Macarthur. All the journals as new. A very handsome set.
- Described by the editor Alan Davidson as 'a semi-academic periodical which comes out three times a year and deals with food, cookery and cookery books. Issues run approximately 64 to 72 pages, none occupied by advertisements, and contributors are a mixture of professional writers and amateurs. All issues are illustrated in black and white (reproductions of old engravings and woodcuts, etc.), plus drawings commissioned for PPC. PPC is not a collection of recipes, although most issues contain some of particular interest. These recipes have often been embodied in articles, e.g. by the late Elizabeth David and Richard Olney, both of whom played an important part in founding PPC. Extensive Book Reviews and an item called Notes and Queries are also regular features. The latter provides a forum for reports on research in progress and for posing questions which readers may be able to answer. This set on offer here are in a 'just published' condition. On the inside cover of journal # 1 is a typewritten note that has been tipped in. It states: "You may like to know that a new journal dealing with food, cookery and cookery books has been launched under the above title. The publishers are Prospect Books, a partnership including Elizabeth David, Alan and Jane Davidson, Jillian Norman and Richard Olney. The first edition was a limited edition of 500 copies, published in aid of the Anglo-American Jubilee Appeal of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. ---- The first issue sold out quickly. The second issue will appear in August. It will also be in aid of charity". It is quite possible that this lot of journals are unique. A.D. told me he had not signed a full set before with the exception of number 60 which is unsigned. This is because the full printed lot of #60 were destroyed in a fire. I was only able to obtain a published copy after A.D. passed away. Number 63 has a written dedication from Alan Davidson. It reads: "I have great pleasure in signing this, the last issue of PPC for which I and my wife were responsible, -- for Robert Hendry, who has been such a good friend to the journal. Alan Davidson". Journals 73 and onwards have been edited & published by Tom Jaine of Prospect Books, Totnes, Devon and they are also signed by him. A wonderful source of all kinds of gastronomic information and research by many enthusiasts and leading culinary writers of the day.

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De Swinfield.   Richard     - A presentation copy inscribed by the editor.
A Roll of Household Expenses
OF RICHARD DE SWINFIELD, BISHOP OF HEREFORD,DURING PART OF THE YEAR 1289 and 1290. EDITED BY THE REV. JOHN WEBB, M.A., F.S.A., M.R.S.L. (An engraved printers device; a possible portrait of Swinfield). PRINTED FOR THE CAMDEN SOCIETY. M.DCCC.L1111.
12mo. 223x168mm. Front paste-down and end-paper marbled. 2fep. (With a ms. inscription "T.E. Winnington, from the editor 1854). Title page. Verso, printers name & address. 1p Camden Society names. Verso, Camden Society disclaimer. 1p Dedication to Arcbishop of York. [1] (1)viii-xiii Preface. [1] 1p Header. [1] (1)xviii-ccxxxii Abstract and Illustrations. (3)4-108 The Roll. (3)112-197 The Endorsements. [1] (3)202-242 Appendix. (1)244-249 Glossary. [1] (1)252-267 General Index. [1] (1)270 Addenda et Corrigenda. 1fep. Rear paste-down and end-paper marbled. Contemporary dark bottle green morocco half binding with marbled boards. Spine with raised bands and gilt lettering in one compartment. With the bookplate of T.E. Winnington on the front paste-down. Internally very clean. A handsome copy.
- A record of Richard de Swinefield's expenses as bishop that survived for the years 1289 and 1290. The accounts offer a rare glimpse of the organisation and expenses of a major household in the time period. During the 296 days covered by the record, his household moved 81 times, with 38 of these stops associated with him visiting his diocese during April through June. The record also shows that he supported two scholars at Oxford University The record has been printed a number of times, including by the Camden Society in 1853 through 1855. This copy was printed in 1854. Richard de Swinfield's last name may come from Swingfield located near Folkestone, Kent. His father was Stephen of Swinfield, who died in 1282, and his brother Stephen remained a layman. Other information about his family and upbringing is unknown, nor is his day or year of birth. He earned a doctor of divinity degree, but the location of his university studies is unknown. By 1264 Swinefield was a member of the household of Thomas de Cantilupe, who went on to become Bishop of Hereford in 1275. Swinefield held the prebend of Hampton in the diocese of Hereford, before 1279 and held that prebend until his election as bishop. Shortly after 17 April 1280 he was named Archdeacon of London, having previously held an unknown prebend in the diocese of London. Swinefield was elected to the see of Hereford, or bishopric, on 1 October 1282. The election was confirmed by John Peckham, the Archbishop of Canterbury on 31 December 1282, and Swinefield was given custody of the spiritualities and temporalities, or the ecclesiastical and lay income producing properties of the see by 8 January 1293. He was consecrated on 7 March 1283. During Swinefield's time as bishop, he was not involved in politics, and spent most of his time in his diocese. He rarely attended Parliament, usually excusing himself on the grounds of urgent diocesan business or his own bad health. He inherited a number of lawsuits from his predecessor, which he managed to settle. Swinefield also resolved a dispute over the boundary between the diocese of Hereford and the diocese of St Asaph, a Welsh bishopric, with the settlement being not entirely to the Welsh bishop's liking. The town of Hereford also had disagreements with Swinefield, and on one occasion the bishop threatened excommunication against the town unless they submitted. Swinefield was concerned to ensure that his clergy were well treated. He worked to ensure that churches within his diocese were not misappropriated through the granting of custody to unworthy candidates, as well as trying to keep order in the monasteries. His main efforts though went toward securing the canonization of his predecessor Thomas de Cantilupe. This did not however take place until 1320, after Swinefield's death. Swinefield died on 15 March 1317, and was buried in Hereford Cathedral, where a memorial in the transept's north wall shows Swinefield dressed as a bishop and holding a building. (See photo 1 below) Two of his nephews were given offices within the diocese, with John given the precentorship in Hereford Cathedral, and Gilbert made the chancellor there. Another possible relative was Richard Swinfield, who also held a prebend in the diocese.

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Digby.   Sir Kenelme     - A beautiful binding by Riviere
The CLOSET Of the Eminently Learned Sir Kenelme Digby Kt. Opened:
Whereby is DISCOVERED Several ways for making of Metheglin, Sider, Cherry-Wine, &c. TOGETHER WITH Excellent Directions FOR COOKERY As also for Preserving, Conserving, Candying, &c. Published by his Son's Consent. London, Prinetd by E.C. & A.C. For H. Browne, at the West-End of St. Pauls, 1671.
FIRST EDITION - 2ND ISSUE. Marbled endpapers with lovely elaborate gilt tooling. 2 fep. [1] Portrait frontispiece of Digby aged 62. Title page. [1] 2p 'To the Reader'. 1-251. 8p 'The Table'. [1]. 3fep. Marbled endpapers with lovely elaborate gilt tooling. Very handsome honey coloured polished calf by Bayntun (Riviere). French fillet frame on covers, raised bands, spine elaborately gilt in compartments with elegant central floral bouquet stamp, two crimson labels, intricately gilt turn-ins, marbled end papers, all edges gilt. From the Spokane Public Library, with the perforated and ink stamp on the 'To the Reader' leaf and with same accession number printed by hand on another page. The Frontis and title page have had expert repairs to page edges with no loss. Very slight hint of soiling here and there, but overall a very pleasing copy of a book not often found in agreeable condition. The binding completely tight and very handsome. A very scarce item, especially in this condition.
- The Frontispiece and Title page are slightly darker than the rest due to the book being on display at the Spokane Public Library for protracted periods of time. It also appears that the very good repairs carried out to those same page edges, (without loss) was due to paper brittleness accrued while on display. The first edition was printed in 1669. NUC locates an aggregate of nine copies of the two editions in seven libraries. Digby (1603-65) was a writer, navel commander, diplomat, scientist, philosopher, privateer, religious conversationalist, and more. In his book he devotes 89 pages to metheglin, which he also calls meath, a honey based brew to which various spices are added. From meath, Digby moves on to other liquids, including his own complicated 'aqua mirablis' recipe, the ingredients of which include cloves, spearmint, marigold and sack. Gradually the entries progress to more solid food, porridges and broths and end with meats and sweets. A few recipes include apples but there is singularly little talk of vegetables. The description of "how to fatten young chickens in a wonderful degree" gives one an insight into the Brobdingnagian zest of an aristocracy that had no misgivings about its place at the top of the food chain. Lit up by candles to ensure round-the-clock feeding, chicks were fed a pap of pulped raisins, bread and milk , to make them so fat that; "they will not be able to stand, but lie down upon their bellies to eat". Sir Kenelme Digby, who became as plump and rotund as one of his chickens, died on 1665. His first edition - first issue of 1669, was printed posthumously by his steward, George Hartman who used the recipes from Digby's papers. Hartman in turn, printed a book of Cookery in 1682 called 'The True Preserver'

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Dodoens.   Rembert     - The rare first ed. of 1578 with Thos. Campion's signature.
A Nievve Herball,
Or, HISTORIE OF PLANTES: wherein is contayned the vvhole discourse and per-fect description of all sortes of Herbes and Plantes: their diuers & sundry kindes: their straunge Figures, Fashions, and Shapes: their Names / Natures / Operations / and Ver-tues: and that not onely of those whiche are here growyng in this our Countrie of Englande / but of all others also of forrayne Realmes / commonly used in physicke. First set forth in the Doutche or Almaigne tongue, by that learned D. Rembert Do-doens, Physition to the Emperour: And nowe first translated out of French into English, by Hen-ry Lyte Esquyer. AT LONDON by m Gerard Dewes, dwelling in Pawles Churchyarde at the signe of the Swanne. 1578. Title within woodcut historiated border, with woodcut arms of the translator on verso.
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. 1578. Large thick 4to. 295x202mm. 1fep. Engraved Title strengthened and reinforced at the edges with no loss. On the verso - Henry Lyte's coat of Arms and a crest "a swan volant silver upon a trumpet gold," (which was not actually granted him by Clarenceux King of Arms uпtil the following year). 2p, Dedication to Queen Elizabeth. 1p, Dedication to the friendly and indifferent Reader. 3p, Latin text headed W.B. and Thomas Newton. 1p, A commendation to Henry Lyte. 2p, To the Reader, in commendation of this worke. Verso - woodcut portrait of Dodoens. 4p, Medical credentials of Rembert Dodoens. 2p, Epistola ad Lectorem of Rembert Dodoens. 6p, Appendix. 1-779. 24p Index in Latin. (one page with srengtheened edge). On verso, Antwerp printers allegorical woodcut colophon. 2 feps, first blank with neat manuscript writing and on the last blank; Thomas Campion's signature. The first six pages and the engraved title page slightly dusty. With 870 woodcuts of plants. A full dark brown calf binding with blind tooled lines and device on the boards. The spine with raised bands, blind tooled lines and a red morocco label with gilt lettering. A nice copy of the very rare first with the wonderful woodcuts. (It was even described as very rare in the 17th century). Bookplate on front paste-down of Henry W. Poor.
- Rembert Dodoens, born Mechelen, Belgium on June 29, 1517, died in Leyden, Netherlands on March 10, 1585. He was a Flemish physician and botanist, also known under his Latinised name Rembertus Dodonaeus. In 1530 he started his studies of medicine, cosmography and geography at the University of Leuven, where he graduated in 1535, then establishing himself as a physician in Mechelen in 1538. He married Kathelijne De Bruyn(e) in 1539. From 1542-1546 he stayed in Basel. He turned down a chair at the University of Leuven in 1557, also turning down an offer to become court physician of emperor Philip II of Spain, instead choosing to became the court physician of the Austrian emperor Rudolph II in Vienna (1575-1578). He then became professor of medicine at the University of Leiden in 1582. Dodoens' great herbal ‘Cruydeboeck’, 1554, was influenced by the herbal of Leonhart Fuchs. He divided the plant kingdom in six groups. It treated in detail especially the medicinal herbs, which made this work, in the eyes of many, a pharmacopoeia. It was translated first into French in 1557 by Charles de L'Ecluse and called a ‘Histoire des Plantes’, and then into English (via L'Ecluse) in 1578 by Henry Lyte, and titled ‘A Neiwe Herbal, or Historie of Plants’. This first edition of the English translation was printed in folio at Antwerp, in order to secure the woodcuts of the original; the blocks being too heavy and valuable to transport. It has 779 pages mostly in black-letter and 870 woodcuts, about thirty of which are original. Lyte added very little original matter to the text. A second edition in square octavo and without any woodcuts, was printed in 1586 in London by Ninian Newton, and a third in 1595 by Edmund Bollifant in the same size. A folio edition also without woodcuts was published by Edward Griffin in 1619. In its time, it was the most translated book after the Bible. It became a work of worldwide renown, used as a reference book for two centuries. Dodoens's last book, ‘Stirpium Historiae Pemptades Sex sive Libri XXX’, 1583, was the Latin translation of his ‘Cruydeboeck’. It was used as a source by John Gerard for his Herball. The BL holds four copies; This first of 1578, other editions of 1586, 1595 and 1619. THOMAS CAMPION was born in London on February 12, 1567. He was a law student, a physician, a composer, a writer of masques and a poet. He went to Peterhouse College - Cambridge in 1581. In 1586 was admitted to Gray's Inn in London to study law. He participated in the Gray's Inn revels of 1588 and contributed songs to the Gesta Grayorum revels of 1594, but seems never to have been called to the bar. Campion's first poetic attempts were in Latin. His love of quantitative versification in classical Latin poems carried over into his English poems and songs. Campion was first published in 1591, when five of his songs appeared in Newman's unauthorized edition of Sidney's Astrophel and Stella. Four years later he published his own book, a collection of Latin epigrams, called Poemata (1595). Campion's reputation rests chiefly on his lyric poems, which are distinguished by their musical quality and charm. They were published 1601-1617 in four books of airs, beginning with A Booke of Ayres to be Sung to the Lute, Orpherian and Bass Viol (1601). Campion spent three years (1602-1605) on the Continent, and received the M.D. degree from the University of Caen in 1605. After returning to England, he practised as a doctor in London from 1606. During that time, he wrote several masques which were performed at the court of James I. Perhaps the best of them was the Lords' Masque (1613). In 1613 he also published A New Way of Making Fowre Parts in Counterpoint, a book on music theory. Campion died in London, probably of the plague, on March 1, 1620, and was buried at St. Dunstan's-in-the-West. Henry W. Poor whose bookplate is tipped into this book, was born in 1844, and was an American banker and publisher of 'Poors' Railway Manual'. He was also a famous wall street dealer, active in leather and ice securities garnering a fortune in excess of $5,000,000. He was a collector of fine art and had a library that was without equal anywhere in the country. He died in 1915.

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Dods.   Mistress Margaret    
THE COOK AND HOUSEWIFE'S MANUAL:
A PRACTICAL SYSTEM OF MODERN DOMESTIC COOKERY AND FAMILY MANAGEMENT; CONTAINING A COMPENDIUM, OF FRENCH COOKERY, AND OF FASHIONABLE CONFECTIONARY, PREPARATIONS FOR INVALIDS AND CONVALESCENTS, A SELECTION OF CHEAP DISHES, AND NUMEROUS USEFUL MISCELLANEOUS RECEIPTS IN THE VARIOUS BRANCHES OF DOMESTIC ECONOMY. By MISTRESS MARGARET DODS, OF THE CLEIKUM INN, ST RONAN'S. Eleventh Edition, Revised. EDINBURGH: OLIVER AND BOYD, TWEEDDALE COURT. LONDON: SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, AND CO. 1862.
186X124MM. Paste-down and end-paper with advertisements. [1] Half title. [1] Title page. [1] 1p Advertisement. [1] (1)8-12 Advertisement. (1)14-15 Contents. [1] (1)18-598. (1)600-624 Index. [1] End-paper and paste-down with advertisements. Numerous woodcuts of carving in the text. Original dark green cloth boards with blind tooling and very slightly bumped tips. Sympathetically relaid original spine with gilt tooling, still in good condition. The bottom line of gilt with minimal flaking. Internally in very good condition. A wonderful copy.
- Mrs. Christina Jane Johnstone brought out her well-known contribution to the cookery section of literature under the title of “The Cook and Housewife’s Manual" (first edition 1926). Hiding her authorship behind the pseudonym of Mistress Margaret Dods, who was the landlady in Sir Walter Scott’s tale of 'St. Ronan’s Well' published three years before in 1824. Mrs. Johnstone imparted a novel feature to her book by investing it with a fictitious history and origin. We learn how Peregrine Touchwood, Esq, the ‘Cleikum Nabob’ sought to cure his ennui and hypochondria by studying Apician mysteries; concluding with a syllabus of thirteen lectures on cookery, which were delivered by the aforesaid Nabob. Progressing further one comes to the main part of the manual, which can be readily distinguished from an ordinary one by a literary tone, which certainly betrays a little of the influence of Scott himself. Although this is a Scottish production, with all the smells and flavours of a good Scotch broth, it is not so narrow in its aims. The title page gives a London publisher as well as one from the ‘Auld Reekie'. Mrs. Johnstone has benevolently adapted her labours to both her countrywomen as well as the un-worthy Sassenachs 'doon sooth'. The Cleikum Inn was a hitherto unnamed cotter’s house belonging to the Benarty estate, which was acquired by Lady Scott in 1825 as a lodge at the west entrance to Lochore estate and thereafter given the name of ‘Cleikum Inn’ by Sir Walter Scott. Mistress Dods was the landlady of the Inn near Peebles which hosted the gatherings of the Cleikum Club. The aim of the club, which counted Sir Walter Scott among its members, was to celebrate Scottish national literature. They certainly were among the first organisations to celebrate a Burns' Night. The mighty Mistress Dods was a superb cook and rigorous task master. Staff and guests trembled before her! We assume her book 'The Cook's and Housewife's Manual' was meant to have the same iconic relationship to Scottish cuisine as that of Mrs Beetons’ households south of the border. Surely Mrs Johnstone’s efforts are echoed in the last paragraph of page 16, where we are reminded not to be so impressed by Mr Touchwood’s eloquence as to lose sight of the fact that this is after all; a cookery book, albeit a little unusual!

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DODS.   MRS MARGARET     - The very rare first edition.
THE COOK AND HOUSEWIFE'S MANUAL;
CONTAINING THE MOST APPROVED MODERN RECEIPTS FOR MAKING SOUPS, GRAVIES, SAUCES, RAGOUTS, AND MADE-DISHES; AND FOR PIES, PUDDINGS, PASTRY, PICKLES, AND PRESERVES: ALSO FOR BAKING, BREWING, MAKING HOME-MADE WINES, CORDIALS, &C. THE WHOLE ILLUSTRATED NOTES, AND PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS, ON ALL THE VARIOUS BRANCHES OF DOMESTIC ECONOMY. BY MRS MARGARET DODS, OF THE CLEIKUM INN, ST RONAN'S. ------"Cook, see all your sawces, Be sharp and poynant in the palate, that they may Commend you; look to your roast meats and baked meats handsomely, And what new kickshaws and delicate made things." Beaumaont and Fletcher. EDINBURGH;PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR, AND SOLD BY BELL & BRADFUTE, AND OLIVER & BOYD, EDINBURGH; LONGMAN, REES, ORME, BROWN, AND GREEN, LONDON; ROBERTSON & ATKINSON, GLASGOW; AND JOHN CUMMING, DUBLIN. 1826.
FIRST EDITION: 183X121MM. Grey front paste down and end paper. 2 feps. half-title. [1] Title page. On verso - a stamp of the Mitchel Library Glasgow. 2nd half title - Part 1. [1] (1)8-9 Preface. [1] (1)14-40 Introduction. 41-47 Directions for Carving. 48-62 Scotch National Dishes. 63-75 Bills of Fare. 76-79 Illustrated pages of table settings. [1] 81-82 Suppers. 3rd half title - Part 11. [1] (1)4-352. (1)354-366 Index. 2 feps. Grey back paste down and end paper. Half green morocco with green cloth boards and green morocco tips. Spine sun faded with raised bands with blind tooling. bright gilt lettering laid down, also Mitchel Library, Glasgow code numbers on 2 compartments. The text block is lightly age browned. The half title and last page more age browned and both pages laid down indicating a later binding. Overall a nice copy.
- This first edition is substantially different from later revised editions.

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Dods.   Matilda Lees     - An original copy with silver cover.
Handbook of Practical Cookery
New and enlarged edition In which special prominence is given to the preparing of New Cakes, Jellies, etc; to the very simple recipes for Cottage Cookery; also to various modes of preparing food for the Sickroom BY MATILDA LEES DODOS Diplomee of the S.K. School of Cookery With an Introduction on the Philosophy of Cookery London: EYRE & SPOTTISWOODE (BIBLE WAREHOUSE). Ltd., 33, PATERNOSTER ROW, E.C. Edinburgh and New York 1906
44 x 54mms. Marbled front paste-down but no fep. Half-title. [1] Title Page. [1] Preface v-xii. Contents xiii-xiv. [1] p34. Diagrams of Meat cuts (with the engraving on the recto with the versos blank) [1] p51 Plates of made dishes with blank versos. [1] xvii-Ixix Directions for Carving and Philosophy of Cooking. [1] Pp 1+2-795. [1] 1+798-836. [1] Marbled fep and paste-down. The stitching in the text block is split in the middle but holding well and not affecting the spine. The spine has a small split on the bottom left seam but holding and not affecting anything. All pages and text on very fine India paper. Original full red cloth covered in bright gilt lines, design and lettering. With a small dark stain on the back covers, but not detracting. The front cover has a beautiful silver cover attached of a old fashioned camp cooking pot hung from a tripod over an open fire. Very slightly rubbed edges to covers and ends of spine. Overall a very nice bright copy with the fine very scarce silver front cover .
- Copies in this bright red cover are much scarcer than the others bound in maroon and black. There are also copies bound in light emerald green that are also very rare. The first edition of Lees Dods's work appeared in 1881. All copies of this miniature edition are charming and this one has a rare original red cover. Louis Bondy in his fascinating book on the history of miniatures describes this as "the most extensive cookery book in miniature" (Louis Bondy, Miniature Books. p.139) The red cover is very scarce but with the finely crafted embossed cover attached it becomes altogether very rare and collectable.

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ref number: 11119