Glasse.   Mrs [Hannah]    
THE COMPLETE ART OF COOKERY,
EXHIBITED IN A PLAIN AND EASY MANNER; WITH DIRECTIONS FOR MARKETING; THE SEASONS FOR MEAT, POULTRY, FISH, GAME, ETC. AND NUMEROUS USEFUL FAMILY RECEIPTS, ETC. BY MRS GLASSE. LONDON: PUBLISHED BY J.BARR & Co. 5, LITTLE FRIDAY STREET, CHEAPSIDE. MDCCCXLII.
130x76mm (5" X 3") 1fep. [1]Frontispiece with a double line border. Title page. [1] (1)6-24 Contents. (1)26-307. 308-323 Bills of Fare. 324-352 Useful Family Receipts. 1fep. With numerous in-text engravings. Slightly faded blue blind tooled full original cloth binding. The spine has be re-backed with a small chip missing and one gilt letter of the title. Internally very clean with the pages very slightly aged. A handsome copy of this small late copy of Hannah Glasse's great classic.
- Quite what Hannah Glasse would have made of this tiny tome published by J. Barr in 1842 almost 100 years after her famous first edition of 1747, we can only guess. As famous and unique as Glasse's folio first edition is, this very small late edition is at the opposite end of the scale and surely just as different and unusual. It is very scarce, especially in this fine condition. It is one of those items that if seen while out book hunting, has an immediate 'buy me' appeal, even if found in poor condition.

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Glasse.   Hannah     - The rare folio 1st edition, first issue of 1747.
The ART of COOKERY MADE PLAIN and EASY
Which far exceeds any Thing of the Kind yet Published. CONTAINING, 1. Of Roasting, Boiling, etc. 11. Of Made-Dishes. 111.Read this Chapter and you will find how Expensive a French Cook's Sauce is. 1V. To make a Number of pretty little Dishes fit for a Supper, or Side-Dish, and little Corner-Dishes for a Great Table; and the rest you have in the Chapter for Lent. V. To dress Fish. V1. Of Soops and Broths. V11. Of Puddings. V111. Of Pies. 1X. For a Fast-Dinner, a Number of good Dishes, which you may make use of for a Table at any other Time. X. Directions for the Sick. X1. For Captains of Ships. X11. Of Hog's Puddings, Sausages, etc. X11. To pot and Make Hams, etc. X1V. Of Pickling. XV. Of making Cakes, etc. XV1. Of Cheesecakes, Creams, Jellies, Whip Syllabubs, etc. XV11. Of Made Wines, Brewing, French Bread, Muffins, etc. XV111. Jarring and Cherries, Preserves, etc. X1X. To make Anchovies, Vermicella, Ketchup, Vinegar, and to keep Artichokes, French Beans, etc. XX. Of Distilling. XX1. How to Market; the Seasons of the Year for Butchers Meat, Poultry, Fish, Herbs, Roots, etc and Fruit. XX11. A certain Cure for the Bite of a Mad Dog. By Dr. Mead. BY A LADY. A engraved printer's device between lines. LONDON: Printed for the AUTHOR, and sold at Mrs Ashburn's, a China-Shop, The Corner of Fleet-Ditch. MDCCXLVII [Price 3s.6 (the 6 written by hand) stictch'd, and 5s. bound]
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. 1747. Folio. 287x184 mm. 1 fep. Title page with the the handwritten 6 after the 3s as called for in the last line. [1] 2 pages of Subscribers. 11 pages of Contents with small one inch piece with no loss missing from 1st page.1 page A small Instruction by Glasse. (1)ii To the Reader. (1)4 - 166, although miss-paginated; page numbers 66/67 and 136/137 missing with no loss to text (This miss-pagination matches Cagle's copy). 1 fep. Our copy seems to conform to Marcus Crahan’s description of the first issue, with 16pp. preliminaries rather than 20. Without notice of second place of sale on the title page and with the price of ‘6d’ entered by hand. Pages 37 - 41 with some foxing. All other pages very clean. Title page and edges slightly age browned. Spine and tips bound in sprinkled dark-brown half calf and boards marbled. Spine with raised bands, gilt lines and tooled devices in compartments with red morocco label. A very good copy of one of the rarities of cookery..
- ‘The Art of Cookery made Plain and Easy’ was written by Hannah Glasse and published in 1747 in its famous folio format. Even though it was expensive at 5 shillings for a bound copy or 3.6 shillings unbound, it was an instant success, and was a best seller for over a hundred years, being published continuously until 1843. This made Glasse one of the best-known cookery writers of the eighteenth century. She was not supplanted as a culinary authority until the work of Mrs. Isabella Beeton appeared in 1861 over a century later. The books of those famous ladies being two of the cornerstone works needed in the building of an English culinary library. As Hannah Glasse explains in the preface, the book was intended to be an instruction manual for servants - 'the lower sort' as she called them. As Hannah puts it, the book should 'improve the servants and save the ladies a great deal of trouble'. She is dismissive of the fanciful language used by other cookery book writers, which she feels simply confuses the servants: 'the poor girls are at a loss to know what they mean,' she writes. In contrast, her style is precise and direct. The power of her book though is the clarity of the writing. She's authoritative but she is also intimate, treating you as an equal. Even though a large percentage of the recipes were plagarised, even reproduced verbatim from recipes published in earlier books by other writers, she shows a great deal of her own skill and originality. It is an unprecedentedly comprehensive recipe book with simple instructions, accessible ingredients, an accent on thrift (even though she recommends in the preface that half a pound of butter is enough to fry 12 eggs), easy recipes and practical help with weights and timing, which was a big step up from previous works. Her writing style is lively, intelligent and amusing. Glasse is scornful of the elaborate and extravagant French recipes of the period, but many of her recipes will have been influenced by French cuisine, which was becoming increasingly fashionable at the time. This does not inhibit Glasse from including the earliest recipe in an English cookbook for Indian curry, albeit with just black pepper and coriander. No Huldi, Lal Mirch, Methi, Jeera etc. Even though the ‘Art of Cookery’ was a ground breaking effort that generated much interest, the fame and survival of Hannah Glasse’s book is not due to her genius or her ability as a cook, as she was neither, but for four years following its publication, there were widespread rumours that ‘The Art of Cookery’ had been written by a man. For a woman to have written such an eloquent and well-organised work seemed implausible to many. James Boswell's diary records a party at the house of the publisher Charles Dilly, at which the issue was discussed. He quotes Samuel Johnson as saying, 'Women can spin very well; but they cannot make a good book of cookery.' Many others also believed this. It was not till she edited and published her fourth edition of 1751 that Johnson’s ill-advised quip was proved false. Due to the negative press generated by the popular book being first written and published by ‘A Lady’, Glasse inserted her trade card as a handsome engraved frontispiece and signed the first page of recipes, putting to rest all the speculation. (See my 1751 edition – item number 10968 in this website). This first edition is extremely scarce, but just how scarce is hard to figure, even after a lot of research. Due to demand the second edition was published in the same year; 1747. This strongly indicates that the first print run was very small. As can be seen in the Subscriber’s list printed in the first edition, there are 202 names. Assuming the subscribers all received a copy and there was enough cash to print a few more, we can possibly assume a print run of no more than 500 copies. Scarce indeed! --- COPAC lists only 10 firsts of 1747 out of 491 copies of various other editions in British holdings. As could be expected there are substantially more second editions listed. This cookbook has a somewhat iconic status that is hard to believe. Along with Beeton's equally rare original 24 booklets of 'Household Management' published before she brought out the 1st edition in book form, they both fetch silly money when they do appear at auction. --- Bitting, pages 186-87; The STC by Virginia Maclean, page 59; Cagle, pages 497-8; Arnold Oxford, pages 76-77; The Cetus Library, sold at Bloomsbury Auctions, lot 149: Marcus and Elizabeth Crahan collection sold at Sothebys, p317; Andre Simon Bibliotheca Gastronomica , 761;

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Gouffe.   Jules     - Rare first edition in beautiful original binding.
THE ROYAL COOKERY BOOK
(LE LIVRE DE CUISINE) BY JULES GOUFFE CHEF DE CUISINE OF THE PARIS JOCKEY CLUB TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH AND ADAPTED FOR ENGLISH USE BY ALPHONSE GOUFFE HEAD PASTRY-COOK TO HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN COMPRISING DOMESTIC AND HIGH-CLASS COOKERY ILLUSTRATED WITH SIXTEEN LARGE PLATES PRINTED IN COLOUR, AND ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-ONE WOODCUTS FROM DRAWINGS FROM NATURE BY E. RONJAT. [with an illustration of a fore-rib of beef] LONDON SAMPSON LOW, SON, MARSTON CROWN BUILDINGS, 188 FLEET STREET 1868 (All rights reserved)
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. 245x170mm. 2feps. Half title with advertisement on verso. [1] Coloured Frontispiece with tissue guard. Title page in red and black text (with illustration of a beef forerib). [1] 1+vi Translators preface. (1)viii-xiii Preface. [1] (1)xvi Illustrations. (1)xviii Contents. 1p Part the First. [1] (1)4-671. [1] (1)674-677 Appendix. [1] (1)680-700 Index. (1)702 Index to Woodcuts. (1) Index to Cloured Plates. [1] 1fep. With the full original dark burgundy cloth binding and the elaborate gilt tolling on the spine and front boards. The spine has been expertly re-laid and strengthened and the gilt tooling is nice and bright all over. All edges gilt. Text block is tight and very clean. A fantastic copy in the original state.
- Jules Gouffe wrote very eloquently - "Having, from my earliest youth, embarked upon a career of cookery, I saw much, observed much, practised much in every sense of the word. I am not one of those who declare that French cookery, that part of our national heritage of which we have reason to be proud, is lost today and that it will never recover. The good and true things never die. No doubt there may be periods of decline, but sooner or later, with hard work, intelligence and good will, there must be a recovery. If, thanks to the reforms and the methods which I propose, I find that in a few years' time everyone, whatever his rank in society, is eating as well as he possibly can. On the one hand, household cookery is at last being carried on with care, economy and comfort; on the other hand, the ‘grande cuisine' goes forward under progressive conditions, and with that good taste and brilliance which is so appropriate to a century of enlightenment and luxury like our own; then I shall have truly attained the goal which I have set myself, I shall feel myself well paid for all my pains.” Gouffe wrote four major works in French. They have all have been translated into English by Alphonse Gouffé, his brother who was also the Head Pastry Chef of Queen Victoria. 1. Le livre de cuisine – the ‘The Royal Cookery Book’ in English it was rated as one of the finest cookbooks ever written. 2. Le livre de patisserie- The Royal Book of Pastry and Confectionery highlighting the methods of creating ‘pièces montées’ was published in 1873 by Librairie Hachette. 3. Le livre des conserves- The Book of Preserves by Jules Gouffe was also published in 1873. 4. Le livre des soupes et des potages- This book by Gouffe contained more than 400 soup recipes. He died at Neuilly in 1877.

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Gouffe.   Jules     - A compliment to Gouffe's Royal Cookery Book
THE ROYAL BOOK OF PASTRY AND CONFECTIONERY
(LE LIVRE DE PATISSERIE) BY JOULES GOUFFE CHEF DE CUISINE OF THE PARIS JOCKEY CLUB TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH AND ADAPTED TO ENGLISH USE BY ALFONSE GOUFFE HEAD PASTRY-COOK TO HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN ILLUSTRATED WITH TEN CHROMO-LITHOGRAPH AND ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-SEVEN WOODCUTS FROM DRAWINGS FROM NATURE BY J.RONJAT LONDON: SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON, LOW, & SEARLE CROWN BUILDINGS IN FLEET STREET . E.C. 1874 All rights reserved
FIRST AND SOLE EDITION. 240 X 168mm. 4feps. Half title. [1+1] Coloured frontispiece. Title page in red and black text. [1] 1+vi-xii. 1+xiv Contents. 1+2-453. [1] 1+456-471 Index. [1] 1+474 Index of 127 woodcuts. 2p Advertisements. with 10 chromo-lithograph coloured plates. 3feps. Very nice modern quarter dark brown calf with calf corners and marbled boards. Spine with raised bands and elaborate gilt and blind tooling. A red and a green label with gilt lettering. Externally and internally very bright and clean. A handsome copy.
- Translated from the French by Jules's brother Alphonse, Jules Gouffe's 'Royal Book of Pastry' is quite rare. Axford does not even have an entry for Gouffe, while Oxford, Cagle and Bitting do not have a copy, although Bitting records the first French edition of 1873. This book was written to accompany the more common 'Royal Book of Cookery'. It is also just as handsome and well produced.

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Gouffe.   Jules     - An apprentice of Careme's
THE ROYAL COOKERY BOOK
(LE LIVRE DE CUISINE) BY JULES GOUFFE CHEF DE CUISINE OF THE PARIS JOCKEY CLUB TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH AND ADAPTED FOR ENGLISH USE BY ALPHONSE GOUFFE HEAD PASTRY-COOK TO HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN COMPRISING DOMESTIC AND HIGH-CLASS COOKERY ILLUSTRATED WITH SIXTEEN LARGE PLATES PRINTED IN COLOUR, AND ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-ONE WOODCUTS FROM DRAWINGS FROM NATURE BY E. RONJAT. NEW EDITION LONDON SAMPSON LOW, SON, MARSTON, SEARLE, AND RIVINGTON CROWN BUILDINGS, 188 FLEET STREET 1883 (All rights reserved)
245x170mm. 3feps. Half title with advertisement on verso. [1] Coloured Frontispiece. Title page in red and black text (with illustration of a beef forerib). [1] 1+vi Translators preface. 1+viii-xii Preface. 1+xvi Illustrations. 1+xvl Contents. 1p List of coloured plates. [1] 1p Part the first. [1] 1+4-573. [1] 1+576-599 Index. [1] 3feps. Beautiful modern binding in half dark calf and corners with marbled boards. Spine with raised bands with elaborate gilt and blind tooling, a red and a green label with gilt lettering. Gilt edges to the text block. Externally and internally very clean. A handsome copy.
- Jules Gouffe was born 1807 and died 1877. He felt himself to have a talent for cookery from his early youth. His father, an established pastry-cook in the Saint-Merri quarter, taught him the basic principles of cookery. It was then that Antonin Careme, the great French Chef, hearing of the talent of the young Gouffe, who at seventeen was already showing promise in the decoration and presentation of set-pieces, took him into his kitchens at the Austrian Embassy in Paris. Careme turned him into a model carftsman, and a celebrity of his day. In 1840, Jules Gouffe set up on his own in the Faubourg Saint-Honore; his restaurant became one of the best in Paris. In 1855 he retired, but went back to work in 1867, encouraged by those famous gourmets, Dumas the elder and Baron Brisse. This pair of epicures offered him the post of Head Chef at the Jockey Club. It was the time that Gouffe began to work on his 'Livre de Cuisine' (of which, 'The Royal Cookery Book' is the English translation) a magnificent book which deserves a place in every cookery book collection or library, side by side with Careme, Plumery, Urbain Dubois, Emile Bernard, Escoffier, et al. The pleasing way the book is set out, the very good professional recipes, the numerous woodcuts, the sixteen magnificent coloured chromo-lithographed plates delight lovers of good books in a way that perhaps other productions do not.

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Gouffe.   Jules     - A compliment to Gouffe's Royal Cookey Book
THE BOOK OF PRESERVES
(LE LIVRE DE CONSERVES) CONTAINING INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRESERVING MEAT, FISH, VEGETABLES, AND FRUIT AND FOR THE PREPARATION OF TERRINES, GALATINES, LIQUERS, SYRUPS, PETITS-FOURS, &C. BY JULES GOUFFE CHEF OF THE PARIS JOCKEY CLUB; AUTHOR OF 'THE ROYAL COOKERY BOOK' TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH BY ALPHONSE GOUFFE HEAD PASTRYCOOK TO HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN Illustrated with 34 Woodcuts LONDON SAMPSON LOW, SON, AND MARSTON CROWN BUILDING, 188 FLEET STREET 1871 (All rights resrved)
FIRST AND SOLE EDITION. 224 X 146 mm. 3feps. [1] Frontispiece portrait of Jules Gouffe. Title page. [1] 1+vi Preface. 1+vii Contents. 1+2-322. 1+324-333. [1] Index to Woodcuts. [1] 3feps. Beautiful modern binding in half dark calf and corners with marbled boards. Spine with raised bands with elaborate gilt and blind tooling, a red and a green label with gilt lettering. Gilt edges to the text block. Externally and internally very clean. A wonderfully handsome copy.
- This book is very scarce and uncommon. Originally published in French under the title 'Le Livre des Conserves' Paris. 1869. Gouffe states in the preface that "The present volume lays no claim to being a complete Cookery book: it is rather the continuation or complement of the one I recently published under the name of the 'Livre de Cuisine' Paris. 1867." (The Royal Cookery Book. First edition in English published London. 1871) Gouffe also published another complimentary book, titled 'The Royal Book of Pastry and Confectionary' London. 1874. This book has some nice woodcut illustrations throughout the text but none of the wonderful coloured chromo-lithograph plates of the other two books. Contrary to Gouffe's own admission it appears quite complete.

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Green   Thomas     - 2 volumes - 1824.
THE UNIVERSAL HERBAL;
VOLUME 1: OR, BOTANICAL, MEDICAL, AND AGRICULTURAL DICTIONARY. CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF all the known Plants in the World, ARRANGED ACCORDING TO THE LINNEAN SYSTEM. SPECIFYING THE USES TO WHICH THEY ARE OR MAY BE APPLIED, WHETHER AS FOOD, AS MEDICINE, OR IN THE ARTS AND MANUFACTURES. WITH THE BEST METHODS OF PROPAGATION, AND THE MOST RECENT AGRICULTURAL IMPROVEMENTS. Collected form indisputable Authorities. ADAPTED TO THE USE OF THE FARMER - THE GARDENER - THE HUSBANDMAN - THE BOTANIST - THE FLORIST - AND COUNTRY HOUSEKEEPERS IN GENERAL.. BY THOMAS GREEN. THE SECOND EDITION, REVISED AND IMPROVED. VOL.1. (Printers device) LONDON: PRINTED AT THE CAXTON PRESS, BY HENRY FISHER, Printer in Ordinary to His Majesty. PUBLISHED AT 38, NEWGATE-STREET; AND SOLD BY ALL BOOKSELLERS. VOLUME 2: THE UNIVERSAL HERBAL; OR, BOTANICAL, MEDICAL, AND AGRICULTURAL DICTIONARY. CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF all the known Plants in the World, ARRANGED ACCORDING TO THE LINNEAN SYSTEM. SPECIFYING THE USES TO WHICH THEY ARE OR MAY BE APPLIED, WHETHER AS FOOD, AS MEDICINE, OR IN THE ARTS AND MANUFACTURES. WITH THE BEST METHODS OF PROPAGATION, AND THE MOST RECENT AGRICULTURAL IMPROVEMENTS. Collected form indisputable Authorities. ADAPTED TO THE USE OF THE FARMER - THE GARDENER - THE HUSBANDMAN - THE BOTANIST - THE FLORIST - AND COUNTRY HOUSEKEEPERS IN GENERAL.. BY THOMAS GREEN. THE SECOND EDITION, REVISED AND IMPROVED. VOL.11. (Printers device) LONDON: PRINTED AT THE CAXTON PRESS, BY HENRY FISHER, Printer in Ordinary to His Majesty. PUBLISHED AT 38, NEWGATE-STREET; AND SOLD BY ALL BOOKSELLERS.
Large thick 4to. 2x275x220mm. VOLUME 1: 2feps. [1] Hand-coloured allegorical frontispiece of Wisdom and Activity collecting Vegetables. An engraved allegorical hand-coloured vignette title. [1] Title Page. [1] 2p Preface. (1)2-10 Introduction. [1] 1 hand-coloured plate of simple leaves. 11-790. 3 feps. VOLUME 2: 3feps. [1] Hand-coloured allegorical frontispiece of Elements producing Plants & Flowers. Title Page. [1] (1)4-883. (1)2-56 Apendix. 4feps. Both volumes hold a total of 109 -- 3 frontispieces and 106 very finely coloured botanical plates. Each plate is dated, also with the Latin name from the Linnean System and common English name given for each plant. Both volumes finely and fully bound in modern dark tan calf with blind tooling on the edge of the boards. The spines have raised bands with gilt lines and devices in the compartments. Each has a dark red morocco label with gilt lettering. Internally very clean. A very handsome set.
- Thomas Green was a British author who published this massive herbal dictionary in 1816. Little is known about him, but he may be the same Thomas Green who wrote Extracts from the Diary of a Lover of Literature (1810), Memoirs of her Late Royal Highness Charlotte Augusta (1818) and A Biographical Memoir of the Late Edward Pearson DD (1819). These books on show here are illustrated with three fine allegorical frontispieces by William Marshall Craig and stipple-engraved (a method of engraving in which a grainy effect is produced by a series of tiny dots or flecks) by R. Hicks. Craig was a fashionable miniature painter who illustrated London Cries (1804) and exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1788 to 1827. The 106 botanical plates were engraved by F. Dixon, G. Dobie, W. Swift and others. Most of the plates depict two or four plants, and many were copied from originals by famous botanical artists such as Merian, Ehret and Miller. The pineapple, melon, lemon and pepper were copied from Maria Sybilla Merian's Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium (1705); the orchid, carnation, papaya, etc., were copied from Philip Miller's Gardener's Dictionary (1755). This handsome book 'The Universal Herbal' is an encyclopedia of herbal knowledge, augmented with gardening and cooking information, this popular book was re-issued in this second edition revised format in 1824 at the Caxton Press, London, and Henry Fisher, Liverpool. The BL has 4 copies. Surprisingly three are odd variants -- an 1820 and a n/d, both printed in Liverpool. One of 1923 has no place of printing, also one dated 1924. The BL does not have a first of 1816.

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Gunter.   William    
Confectioner's Oracle
CONTAINING RECEIPTS FOR DESSERTS ON THE MOST ECONOMICAL PLAN FOR PRIVATE FAMILIES, AND ALL FOUNDED ON THE ACTUAL EXPERIMENTS OF THIRTY YEARS. WITH AN APPENDIX, CONTAINING THE BEST RECEIPTS FOR PASTRY-COOKS, AND AN ELUCIDATION OF THE PRINCIPLES OF GOOD CHEER. BEING A COMPANION TO DR. KITCHINERS COOK'S ORACLE. BY W. GUNTER. Palmam qui meruit ferat. LONDON: ALFRED MILLER, 137, OXFORD STREET. 1830.
FIRST & SOLE EDITION. 12mo. fep. Frontispiece of Gunter. Title Page. III-VI PREFACE. VII-XXXII INTRODUCTION. 4p. Engraved Table settings, 1 folding. 1-238. fep. Fully bound in modern mid-brown calf with blind tooling on boards. Spine with gilt fleur-di-lis, gilt lines and gilt dots. Also with red and green labels, gilt lettering and raised bands. Internally very clean. An extremely nice copy. Not in Bitting nor Oxford.
- In the Introduction, the Author states -- I remember when I last dined with that eccentric but amiable and intelligent man, the late Doctor Kitchiner, in Warren-street, he said to me as the dessert made its appearance, "Gunter, you ought to write a book on Confectionery as a companion to mine on the Art of Cooking. You would have an advantage over me, in as much as you are professionally famed, and your Work would be popular, for it is of as vital importance in perfecting the jouissances of life, as my own" A very interesting book. Unusual, in that it has a long Appendix, running from page 123-238. The Gunter family came into ownership of the famous Negri Confectioner's shop in Berkley Square, London and at one point employed Guglielmo Jarrin, the author of the wonderful book, 'The Italian Confectioner'. The shop continued to trade well into the twentieth century.

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Hall.   T.    
The Queen's Royal Cookery:
OR,Expert and ready Way for the Dressing of all Sorts of Flesh, Fish: Either Bak'd, Boil'd, Roasted, Stew'd, Fry'd, Broil'd, Hash'd, Frigasied, Carbonaded, Forc'd, Collard'd, Sous'd, Dry'd, etc. After the Best and Newest Way. With their several Sauces and Salads. And making all sorts of PICKELS. ALSO Making Variety of Pies Pasties, Tarts, Chees-Cakes, Custards, and Creams, etc. WITH The ART of Preserving and Candying of Fruits and Flowers; and making of Conserves, syrups, Jellies, and Cordial Waters. Also making several sorts of English Wines, Cyder, Mead, Metheglin. TOGETHER, With several Cosmetick or Beautifying Waters: And also several sorts of Essences and Sweet Waters, by Persons of the highest Quality. By T. Hall, Free Cook of London. The Second Edition. Lonodn: Printed for C. Bates, at the Sun and Bible in Gilt-spur-street, in Pye-corner: And A. Bettesworth, at the Red Lion on London-Bridge, 1713. Licenses according to Order.
12 mo. Woodcut frontispiece with the head of Queen Anne above three sections. On the recto of the Frontis there is a manuscript note in ink -- ' Elizabeth Lidlow her book 1796 Given by her Grandfather' Title page. 5-6. The Preface. 7-180. 2 feps. A full page woodcut of pies on p.133. The whole text lightly age browned throughout. Contemporary full dark brown calf boards neatly relaid, with a nice patina. The spine is modern dark brown calf with raised bands and gilt lettering. A very scarce book.
- This second edition is very scarce with only a handful of copies located in the US; at Cornell, Kansas State, the Lib. Of Congress and a private owner. In UK there are three recorded; one each in the BL, Cambridge and the Wellcome Institute. Cagle was not able to locate a first and Bitting’s copy is 1730. There were six editions up to 1734. The Queen's Royal Cookery, by T. Hall, was first published in 1709 (with the BL also holding one of only three known). As well as a wide variety of basic culinary recipes, the book contains instructions for preserves, candies, cosmetics and beautifying waters. It is one of a number of books claiming to reveal the secrets of the royal kitchens, a highly fashionable subject during the 17th and 18th centuries. Queen Anne, who reigned from 1702-1714, was a rich source of gossip, and the public seemed to have an endless fascination for any information gleaned from beyond the palace walls. The production of art and literature prospered during Her reign. Throughout this period booksellers churned out popular recipe books, fully aware of the commercial viability of recipes linked to prestigious chefs. Unfortunately many of the books were thrown together by money-making charlatans who had simply filched their material from existing publications. Forty of T. Hall's recipes were taken directly from 'The Closet of the Eminently Learned Sir Kenelm Digby' (1669). Never the less an interesting book with the 17th century styled frontis of three engraved sections; A woodcut portrait of Queen Anne over a working kitchen scene, a pastry kitchen scene and a chymistry (chemistry) scene, which actually looks like a small distillery. Mrs Pennel - p145, describes Hall as a Free Cook of London, with little else known about him. Oxford p52, Cagle p719, Maclean p65.

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Harrison.   Sarah     - The extremely rare first edition
The House-keeper's Pocket-Book
The House-keeper's Pocket-Book, and Compleat FAMILY COOK, CONTAINING above Three Hundered curious and uncommon receipts in Cookery, Pastry, Preserving, Pickling, Candying, Collaring, etc. With plain and easy instructions for preparing and dressing everything suitable for an Elegant Entertainment, from Two Dishes to Five or Ten, etc. And directions for placing them in their proper order. CONCLUDING with many excellent prescription of the most eminent physicians, of singular efficiency in most distempers incident to the human body: And to the whole is prefix'd such a copius and useful bill of fare of all manner of provisions in season for every month of the year, that no person need be at a loss to provide an agreeable variety of dishes. By Mrs. Sarah Harrison of Devonshire. LONDON: Printed for T.Worrall, at Judge Coke's Head, over against St. Dunstans Church, Fleet Street. 1733. (price 2s 6d. bound.)
FIRST EDITION. 12mo. Pp. Title Page. (v-xii) (2-217) 20 pp of engraved Table Settings. 13 pp of Contents. Contemporary dark brown calf boards with blind tooling, nicely polished. Relaid tan calf spine with raised bands and red label with gilt lettering. Pages lightly browned throughout. A good copy.
- MacLean states on pp.66, of this first edition of 1733 - "no copy located in the British Isles". The B.L. Integrated Cat. cites one incomplete copy of the 1733 edition. Considering MacLean's bibliography was printed as recently as 1981, her research leaves question marks. Nevertheless an extremely rare book.

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