Parnell.   Henry     - Rare.
A Collection of Valuable Receipts.
IN VARIOUS BRANCHES OF DOMESTIC ECONOMY, SELECTED FROM THE WORKS OF BRITISH AND FOREIGN WRITERS OF UNQUESTIONABLE AUTHORITY AND EXPERIENCE. BY HENRY PARNELL, OF LINCOLN’S INN FIELDS. London: WILLIAM DARTON, JUN. 58, HOLBORN HILL. Sold by the Booksellers in Town and Country. 1819.
FIRST and possible SOLE EDITION. 174mm x 105mm. 2feps. [1] Frontispiece dated 1822. [1] (1)4-72. 2feps. Original discoloured dark grey covers with rubbed corners. Quarter red cloth. Spine with black label lengthways with gilt lettering. Pages slightly age browned throughout with the frontis and title page a little more. Overall fine.
- There are no copies in the bibliographies nor auction catalogues. Nothing can be found out about Henry Parnell. There is no further information in the book besides that on the title page. The frontis dated 1822 added to the title page dated 1819 is a further curiosity that defies an explanation. It is a curious book with general and diverse receipts, such as 'To detect Dampness in a Bed', or 'Experienced Method of Catching Larks' also 'Method of recovering persons Apparently Drowned'. Incredibly the recipe for “British Champagne” comes after advice on 'How to destroy worms in a gravel path'. COPAC shows only two copies at Oxford, both dated 1819 and one other in the BL dated 1819 with the frontis also dated 1822. A rare item even without proof of other possible editions.

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Partridge.   John     - Extremely rare.
THE TREASURY OF Hidden Secrets,
Commonly called, The Good-huswives Closet of provision, for the health of her Household. Gathered out of sundry experiments, lately practised by men of great knowledge: And now newly inlarged with divers necessary Physick helps, and knowledge of the names and disposition of diseases, that most commonly happen to Men and Women. Not imeprtinant for every good Huswife to us ein her House, amongst her own Family. [Printers woodcut device] LONDON, Printed by Jane Bell, and to be sold at the East-end of Christ-Church, 1653.
Quarto, A-I in 4's. 1fep. Title page. [1] A2 - FINIS. [Total pp 63] 3p The Table. 1fep. Original full dark brown calf. Blind tooled border line to boards. Spine with gilt lines and lettering re-laid. Pages are age browned with browning to edges. Text in black letter. Top of one leaf restored without loss. A good copy of an extremely rare book.
- John Partridge was an Elizabethan author of historical poem-romance. The earthy, mundane cookbook was an unusual transgression from the norm. His book, the ‘Treasury of Hidden Secrets’ was a popular 16th and early 17th century English handbook of cookery, herbals, and medicine. First published around 1573, it was printed in London by Richard Jones, and gives John Partridge as the author. It was frequently reprinted for over 75 years; the present volume is that of the 1653 edition printed by Jane Bell. The earliest extant copy of the book is the 1573 edition. Its title was ‘The Treasurie of Commodious Conceits & Hidden Secrets’, reprinted in 1584, again by Jones, the title-page advertised it as 'now the fourth time corrected, and inlarged,' The Elizabethan printer might have been exclusively a printer, or both bookseller and printer; but booksellers were not necessarily printers. Both printers and booksellers in London were tightly controlled, licensed, censored, and fined for violations. Some copies note that Jones’s 1584 printing was 'at Eliot’s Court Press for Henry Car,' suggesting Car as a bookseller who helped to finance the printing. When the book was reprinted in 1591, Richard Jones is now located specifically ‘at the Rose and Crowne neere Holborne bridge.’ The Bodleian’s bibliographic record suggests J. Charlewood as the 1591 printer. Jones is again given as printer for the 1596 edition. The book was again reprinted in 1608. This seems to be the latest date that the name John Partridge occurs in the text; subsequent editions are published anonymously. The next reprint was in 1627, from a new bookseller and printer; the book was ‘Printed [by Eliot’s Court Press] for E.B[rewster] and R.B[yrd], and are to be sold at the ‘signe of the Bible in Cheapside.’ By 1627 the phrase, ‘Commodious Conceits’ had dropped out of the title and the title page identifies it as ‘The Treasurie of Hidden Secrets.’ In 1633 it was first printed by a woman ‘Elizabeth All-de dwelling neere Christs-church.’ Elizabeth was the widow of Edward All-de, a typical London printer whose father, John, was also a printer and whose work and style is well known. In 1637 ‘Treasury’ was ‘printed by Richard Oulton, dwelling neere Christs-church.’ As McKerrow (genealogy resources) suggest that Allde died in 1628, Richard Oulton may have taken over the press from his widow by 1637. Finally, ‘Treasury’ was last reprinted in 1653 'by Jane Bell and to be sold at the East end of Christ-church.' Originals of the 1573 printing are held by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Henry E. Huntington Library. The only other work attributed to John Partridge is the cookery-medicine book called ‘The Widowes Treasure'. Partridge borrowed from a friend a copy of a household book written for the private use of ‘a gentlewoman in the country’, and decided it was his duty to publish it in 1585 under the title, 'The Widowes Treasure'. Copies of both Partridge's books are extremely rare, with none at auction since 1926. The BL only locates two other copies of the 1653 edition of ‘Treasury of Hidden Secrets’, one in the UK, and one in the US.

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Peckham.   Ann     - Very scarce.
THE Complete English COOK
OR PRUDENT HOUSEWIFE.BEING, A Collection of the most general, yet least expen-sive RECEIPTS in every Branch of COOKERY and Good Housewifery, With DIRECTIONS for Roasting, Boiling, Stewing, Ragoos, Soops, Sauces, (a perpendicular separating line) Fricassees, Pies, Tarts, Puddings, Cheese-cakes, Custards, Jellies, (a perpendicular separating line) Potting, Candying, Collaring, Pickling, Preserving, Made Wines &c. Together with Directions for placing Dishes on Tables of Entertainment: And many other Things equally ne-cessary. The whole made easy in the meanest Capacity, and far more useful to young beginners than any Book of the Kind extant. (a flat separating line) By ANN PECKHAM, of Leeds, Well know to have been for Forty Years one of the most noted Cooks in the County of York. (a flat separating line) The THIRD EDITION (a flat separating line) TO WHICH IS ADDED A SUPPLEMENT, Containing Forty Nine Receipts, never before printed. (a flat separating line) LEEDS: Printed for Griffith Wright and John Binns: And sold by G. Robinson, and Fielding and Walker, Paster-noster Row; J. Wallis, No. 16, Ludgate-Street, London; and all other Booksellers in Town and Country. [ Price Two Shillings Bound. ]
N/d. 12mo. 2 feps. Title page. [1] (1)iv. Preface. 5-218. 214-242 Illustrated pages of Dinners and Suppers for a whole year. 9 pages of Index. 2 feps. The whole text block lightly age browned throughout. Original dark brown leather boards with slightly scuffed corners. Sympathetically rebound spine in brown leather with raised bands and two red leather labels, with gilt text and lines. Overall, a nice copy of a very scarce title originating in and from Yorkshire.
- Not much can be found out about Ann Peckham, except from her book itself. She writes in her Preface that the recipes are the result of forty years practice in the best families in and about Leeds. She goes further, telling us amusingly, with a touch of Yorkshire plainness and prudence, that the recipes are not fluffed out with a nauseous hodge-podge of French kickshaws; and yet the real delicacies of the most sumptuous entertainments are by no means neglected. Oxford adds in the notes to his copy of Peckham’s Complete Cook, that the title page has been taken boldly from ‘The Complete English Cook’ by Cathrine Brooks. A disconcerting snippet that can't be reconciled in any way without further info or research. One wonders naturally, how much of Brooks’ recipes are also in the text. The first edition appeared in 1767, with a second of 1771. This undated third; circa 1775, is the first with a supplement. MacLean records two 4th editions of 1790. Cagle, page 662; Oxford, page 95; Bitting, page 360, citing a 3rd edition; Vicaire, page 669, also a 3rd edition.

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Piedmontese.   Alessio [Girolamo Ruscello]     - A medieval classic.
The Secrets of Alexis:
CONTAINING MANY EXCELLENT REMEDIES AGAINST DIVERS DISEASES, wounds, and other Accidents. With the maner to make Distillations, Parfumes, Confritures, Dying, Colours, Fusions, and Meltings. A worke well approved, very necessarie for every man. Newly corrected and amended, and also somewhat more enlarged in certaine places, which wanted in the former Editions. Lonodn, Printed by William Stansby for Richard Meighen and Thomas Iones, and are to be sold at their shop with-out Temple-barre under S. Clements Church. 1615.
4to. 180x145mm. 3feps (with 2 19th-cent. ink inscriptions on recto, one being from J.Osbourn Francis) Title page. [1] 6pp The Epistle to Francis, Lord Russel, Earle of Bedford. 4pp To the Reader. Unusual pagination; recto with number, verso unnumbered -- (1) 2-348 (698 pages) Lacking 259-290 including title to the fourth part. 28pp The Table. 3feps. Some mild age browning throughout, with the title and last pages a little darker. Printed mainly in black letter. Some pencil markings in the margins, Five early English MS marginalia discussing recipes. Bound in 19th-cent. marled boards with the page edges marbled to match. Sympathetically rebacked in dark brown smooth calf with gilt lines and red morocco gilt label. Overall a very good copy of an early book.
- Alessio Piemontese, also known under his latinized name of Alexius Pedemontanus, was the pseudonym of Girolamo Ruscelli, a 16th century Italian physician, alchemist, humanist and cartographer, who was born in Viterbo around 1504 and died in Venice, 1566, and the author of this immensely popular book, 'The Secrets of Master Alexis of Piedmont'. This work is in five parts, parts 2-3 have separate dated title pages (and the fourth when present); the fifth part has a caption title; foliation and register are continuous. The title pages to the second, third and fourth parts bear the imprint "Printed at London by W. Stansby, anno Dom. 1614." The first three parts were first published separately in an English translation, beginning in 1559 and the four parts were first published together in English in 1595. Our edition contains an additional fifth part attributed in the title to "Mayster Alexis of Piemont" but not found in the original Italian editions nor the English edition of 1595 It continued to be published in more than a hundred editions and was still being reprinted in the 1790s. As well as English, the work was translated into Latin, German, Spanish, French, and Polish. It unleashed a torrent of 'books of secrets' that continued to be published down through the eighteenth century. Alessio was the prototypical professor of secrets. His description of his hunt for secrets in the preface to the 'Secreti' helped to give rise to a legend of the wandering empiric who dedicated his life to the search for natural and technological secrets. The book contributed to the emergence of the concept of science as a hunt for the secrets of nature, which pervaded experimental science during the period of the Scientific Revolution. In a later work, Ruscelli reported that the Secreti contained the experimental results of an ‘Academy of Secrets’ that he and a group of humanists and noblemen founded in Naples in the 1540s. Ruscelli’s academy is the first recorded example of an experimental scientific society. First published in Venice in 1555 as the famous title 'De secreti del Reverendo Donno Alessio Piedmontese' , it helped to shape Giambattista Della Porta's famous 'Magia Naturalis' of 1558 and Isabella Crtese's 'Secreti' of 1564. -- Duveen, Bibliotheca Alchemica et Chemica, pages 15-17; Krivatsy, 17th Century Books in the National Library of Medicine, page 21, No. 209; Wellcome Library, Volume I, page 9, No. 188.

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Pine.   John     - Only 100 copies subscribed
The Procession and Ceremonies of the Knights Companions.
THE Procession and Ceremonies Observed at the Time of the INSTALLATION OF THE KNIGHTS COMPANIONS Of the Most HONOURABLE MILITARY ORDER of the BATH: Upon Thursday, June 17, 1725. With the Arms, Names, Titles, &c. of the Knights Companions, and of their Esquires, As they are fix'd up in HENDRY VIIth Chapel in Westminster Abbey. By JOHN PINE, Engraver. N.B. The Portraits of most of the Knights Companions and Officers of the Order are done from Original Pictures painted for that Purpose. LONDON: Printed by S. Palmer and F. Huggonson, For JOHN PINE, and Sold by W.Innys; F.Fayram; R.Gosling; N.Provost; J.Vandenhoeck; J.Smith; D.Lyon; A.Johnston; J.KIng, and J.Brindley. MDCCXXX.
FIRST EDITION: 1730. Elephant Folio.(38x51cm) 2feps. 2 Title pages in red and black. (One in English and the other in French) with fine engraved pieces. 1 Dedication page 'to the King' 2 pp of Subscribers. pp 1-18. pp 2 (address form Garter Principal King of Arms) 20 fine engraved plates all but one double-page. Contemporary sprinkled calf, sympathetically rebacked in antique-style calf with raised bands with gilt lines. A red Morocco label. Faded double gilt lines on the boards. The gutter between the 2 title pages slightly loose but still holding well. A few plates are overall age-yellowed, otherwise an exceptionally nice crisp copy. A rare book as only 100 copies were subscribed.
- Most plates show the procession of Knights with their arms engraved below in great detail, also the ceremony in Westminster Abbey, the arms and regalia and a wonderful double-page engraving of "The Knights at Dinner" followed by double plates of table layouts with the food offered. There is also an additional leaf of text, sometimes omitted. With a fine Provenance: From the library of the famous architect James Gibb, particularly noted for St Martins in the Fields, London. With his engraved bookplate dated 1736. Lowndes states "All the figures are said to be portraits" which are by Joseph Highgrove. The fantastic vignettes and decorations are Pine's work.

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Plat.   Hugh     - A rare edition.
A Closet for Ladies and Gentlewomen
OR The Art of Preserving, Conserving, and Candying. With the Manner how to make divers kinds of Sirups, and all kind of banqueting stuffes.Also divers soveraigne Medi-cines and Salves for Sunday Diseases. LONDON. Printed by John Haviland. 1635. Bound with -- DELIGHTS FOR LADIES, TO ADORNE THEIR Persons, Tables, Closets, and Distillatories WITH Beauties, Banquets, Perfumes, And Waters. reade, practise, and censure. LONDON, Printed by R.Y. and are to be sold by James Boler. 1635.
12mo. Pp. Title Page with latticed border. All pages unnumbered. Fully bound in modern dark brown calf with 17th century style blind tooling on boards and spine. -- THE 2ND PART; Pp. Title page. 4 pp Epistle, a poem signed by H. Plat. 13 pp of 'The Table' all without borders. This second work is divided into four parts; The first of which is 'The Art of Preserving, Conserving, Candying etc'. Next 'Secrets in Distillation'. Next 'Cookery and Huswifery'. Finally 'Sweet Powders, Oyntments, Beauties etc'. All pages unnumbered. All text pages of both parts surrounded by intricate latticed borders. A very nice clean copy with minimal aging. The title page slightly dusty. A rare item especially in this fine condition..
- Elizabethan and Jacobean London was the home of Sir Hugh Plat (1552-1611), a gentleman of varied interests. As a Londoner trying to make his way in the world, and very much a man of his time and place, he was known as an author, alchemist, speculator and inventor whose career touched on the fields of alchemy, general scientific curiosity, cookery and sugar work, cosmetics, gardening and agriculture, food manufacture, victualling, supplies and marketing. Unlike many of his colleagues and correspondents, much of his manuscript material, in the form of notebooks and papers, has survived. Not much, however, is known of his personal life and among his manuscripts there are few letters, diaries or other private materials. Plat had such a wide range of interests that modern scholars have tended to concentrate on that aspect of his work that most affects their own research. Most recently he has fallen amongst historians of science and while they have carefully examined his written and published works they have, in some cases, interpreted almost all that he wrote as a quest for scientific knowledge, in the same way that the gardening writers thought him primarily a gardener or the cookery writers treated his cookery book as his most important work. Our interest here is definitely the latter. This edition of 1635 not in Cagle, Oxford, Bitting, Vicaire or Hazlitt. Most have the 1636 edition. The BL also lacks the 1635 edition, but the STC of Pollard & Redgrave cites the 1635 edition of both parts. Bent Juel- Jensen writing about the second part only in ‘Some Uncollected Authors XIX, The Book Collector” states -- “The reader is left in no sort of doubt about what went on in the Elizabethan kitchen, and few could put the book down without some regret for the passing of those most leisurely days. ... It is not surprising that some of these have survived in single copies only, and some have probably disappeared altogether ... Most surviving copies are pretty grubby and often incomplete.” This copy however is in an unusually good condition and with the both parts present, very rare and desirable.

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Plumtre.   Annabella     - Very scarce in any edition.
DOMESTIC MANAGEMENT; OR, THE HEALTHFUL COOKERY-BOOK.
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED A TREATISE ON DIET, AS THE SUREST MEANS TO PRESERVE HEALTH, LONG LIFE, &C. WITH MANY VALUABLE OBSERVATIONS ON THE NUTRITIOUS AND BENIFICIAL., AS WELL AS THE AS THE WELL AS THE INJURIOUS EFFECTS OF VARIOUS KINDS OF FOOD; ALSO REMARKS ON THE WHOLESOME AND PERNICIOUS MODES OF COOKERY, INTENDED AS AN ANTIDOTE TO MODERN ERRORS THEREIN. To which is added, A METHOS OF TREATING SUCH TRIFLING MEDICAL CASES AS PROPERLY COME WITHIN THE SPHERE OF DONESTIC MANAGEMENT. BY A LADY. SECOND EDITION, CORRECTED AND ENLARGED. (short thin-thick rule) LONDON: PRINTED FOR B. CROSBY STATIONERS COURT, PATERNOSTER-ROW. AND SOLD BY EVERY BOOKSELLER IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. Prica 5s. boards. (short thin-thick rule) 1810. J.G. Bernard, Printer, Skinner-street, London.
FIRST EDITION. 181 x 113mm. 1 new fep. The original green paper cover bound in. [1] 1 original fep. Title page. [1] 1 page Advertisement. [1] (1)vi-xxiv Introduction & Observations on cooking utensils. (1)2-355. [1] 22 pages Index. 2 pages Advertisements. 1 original fep. [1] The original back cover bound in. 1 new fep. Half modern dark calf with marbled boards. Raised bands with gilt lines & two labels with gilt lettering. Uniformly and lightly age-browned throughout. The front fep with extensive but light foxing. All original pages untrimmed. A nice copy of the very scarce first edition with the original covers bound in.
- Annabella Plumtre was the daughter of Robert Plumptre (1723–1788) who was an English churchman and academic and President of Queens' College, Cambridge from 1760. Annabella had a sister; the author Anne Plumptre and a brother; the dramatist James Plumptre. Annabella’s book is a treatise on diet with many paragraphs called ‘Observations’ after recipes. These observations give healthful hints and advice, particularly for children. A thoughtful and unusual cookery book. Cagle has the second edition of 1813. Axford, Bitting, Oxfrod and Vicaire all record the first edition. Apparently an 1813 issue exits, but un-recorded in the bibliographies. Cagle informs that Watt attributes this work to Annabella Plumtre. Oxford mis-cites Watts and gives the author’s name as Arabella, a mistake that Bitting repeats. The NUC has a cross reference from Bell Plumtre to Annabella Plumtre.

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Raffald.   Elizabeth     - A signed copy of the rare first.
The Experienced English Housekeeper,
For the Use and Ease of Ladies, House-keepers, Cooks etc. Wrote purely from PRACTICE, And dedicated to the Hon. Lady ELIZABETH WARBURTON, Whom the Author lately served as House-keeper. Consisting of near 800 Original Receipts, most of which never appeared in Print. PART FIRST, Lemon Pickle, Browning for all Sorts of Made Dishes, Soups, Fish, plain Meat, Game Made Dishes both hot and cold, Pyes, Puddings etc, PART SECOND, All Kind of Confectionary, particularly the Gold and Silver Web for covering of Sweetmeats, and a Desert of Spun Sugar, with Directions to set out a Table in the most elegant Manner and in the modern Taste, Floating Islands, Fish Ponds, Transparent Puddings, Trifles, Whips, etc. PART THIRD, Pickling, Potting, and Collaring, Wines, Vi-negars, Catchups, Distilling, with most valuable Receipts, one for refining Malt Liquors, the other for curing Acid Wines, and a correct List of every Thing in Season in every Month of the Year. By ELIZABETH RAFFALD. MANCHESTER: St Paul's Church-yard, London; and by Eliz. Raffald, Confectioner, near the Exchange, Manchester, 1769. The Book to be signed by the Author's own Hand-writing, and entered at Stationers Hall.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 1fep. title page. [1] p2. Dedication. 1-111. To the Reader. [1] [1] 2-360. One engraved folding plate showing tale settings. 361-362. Directions for a Grand Table. 2nd engraved folding plate showing table settings. 1-X1. Index. 1fep. Full original contemporary dark brown calf. The spine has been re-bound with raised bands and gilt lines. Internally lightly browned throughout. A fair copy of the very rare first edition.
- As stated in the title page, this book is signed 'Eliz. Raffald' in ink on page one. The English Housekeeper was published in twelve editions and at least thirty impressions. Elizabeth Whittaker Raffald (1733-81) was after Hannah Glasse, the most celebrated English cookery writer of the 18th century. She was employed for fifteen years as Housekeeper to Lady Elizabeth Warburton of Arley Hall, Cheshire, to whom she dedicates her book. She sold all the rights to her book to a London publisher for £600.oo. Ironically, substantially less in today's money for one copy of the first edition. Many key authors of this time signed their books as a true distinction that set them clearly apart from other pirated copies. This is one such copy.

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Raffald.   Elizabeth    
The Experienced English Housekeeper,
FOR THE USE AND EASE OF or the Use and Ease of Ladies, House-keepers, Cooks etc. Written purely from PRACTICE, DEDICATED TO THE Hon. Lady ELIZABETH WARBURTON, Whom the Author lately served as House-keeper. Consisting of several Hundred Original Receipts, most of which never appeared in Print. PART 1. Lemon Pickle, Browning for all Sorts of Made-Dishes, Soups, Fish, plain Meat, Game Made Dishes both hot and cold, Pies, Puddings etc, PART 11. All Kind of Confectionary, particularly the Gold and Silver Web for covering of Sweetmeats, and a Desert of Spun Sugar; with Directions to set out a Table in the most elegant Manner and in the modern Taste, Floating Islands, Fish Ponds, Transparent Puddings, Trifles, Whips, etc. PART 111. Pickling, Potting, and Collaring, Wines, Vinegars, Catchups, Distilling, with two most valuable Receipts, one for refining Malt Liquors, the other for curing Acid Wines, and a correct List of every Thing in Season in every Month of the Year. By ELIZABETH RAFFALD. A NEW EDITION. In which are inserted some celebrated Receipts by other modern Authors. London: Published and sold by the BOOKSELLERS, and by T. Wilson and R. Spence, Printers, High-Ousgate, York. Anno 1806.
8vo. 3feps. title page. [1] Frontispiece engraved portrait of Mrs Raffald. [1] p2. Dedication. (1)vi-vii Preface to the first edition. 1p Description of plates. 1 folding plate showing designs for stoves and 2 engraved folding plates showing table settings. (1)2-369. p370-383. p383-384 Directions for a Grand Dinner. (1)386-397 Index. [1] 3 feps. Half mid-tan calf with marbled boards. The spine with raised bands and black calf label with gilt writing. Inside uniformly age-browned. Overall a nice copy.
- Elizabeth Whittaker Raffald (1733-81) was after Hannah Glasse, the most celebrated English cookery writer of the 18th century. She was employed for fifteen years as Housekeeper to Lady Elizabeth Warburton of Arley Hall, Cheshire, to whom she dedicates her book. She was an extremely industrious woman. Besides bearing fifteen daughters , she was a confectioner, owned a shop and ran a cookery school from it. After publishing her book she took over two famous Inns in Manchester and Salford. On top of this she helped found Salford's first newspaper - Prescott's Journal and became adviser to, and part-owner of Harrup's Mercury. She also found time to compile the first Manchester Directory - indefatigable! Cagle p687, records two similar copies printed by the same printers but dated 1801 & 1803. Oxford cites an 1805 edition but none mentions this one of 1806. Irritatingly, neither Maclean, Cagle nor Oxford informs us when the edition with the portrait frontis was first published.

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Read.   George    
THE CONFECTIONER’S AND PASTRY-COOK’S GUIDE:
OR, CONFECTIONERY MADE EASY: CONTAINING THE MOST APPROVED RECEIPTS FOR MAKING ALL KINDS OF PASTRY, PATTIES, TARTS, PIES, PUDDINGS, JELLIES, BLANC-MANGER, ICE AND OTHER CREAMS. WITH DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING BRIDE CAKE, ROUT CAKES, BUNS, TEA CAKES, ETC. THE BEST METHODS OF PRESERVING FRUIT; ART OF SUGAR-BOILING; &c. &c. BY GEORGE READ, PRACTICAL CONFECTIONER AND PASTRY-COOK. TO WHICH ARE ADDED PRACTICAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FAMILY BREAD BAKING, FOURTEENTH EDITION, REVISED AND IMPROVED, WITH MANY IMPORTANT ADDITIONS. LONDON: DEAN & SON, St. Dunstan’s Buildings, St. Dunstan’s Court, 160A, Fleet Street. Price One Shilling and Sixpence.
n/d circa 1850. 180 x 120mm. 1fep. Title page lightly browned. [1] (1)iv Preface. (1)6-93. (1)95-98 Index. 1fep. Original full wine red embossed, blind tooled cloth cover with quite bright gilt lettering on the front cover. Binding split inside, but holding well. In very good overall condition. An uncommon book.
- Nothing can be learned about George Read online, or in this book. In the preface he directs the reader’s attention to professionals and professional practices. Cagle p688 has a first edition of 1842 of Read’s other book ‘The Confectioner’. Bitting p389 has an un-dated fifth edition of this book with 94 pages. Confusingly Oxford cites ‘The Pastry-cook’s and Confectioner’s Assistant’ of 1842. He goes on to inform us that the 6th edition is called ‘The Confectioner’s and Pastry-Cook’s Guide’. All complete editions are scarce.

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