Kidder.   Edward     - A beautiful miniature
E. KIDDER'S RECEIPTS of Pastry and Cookery.
For the Use of his Scholars. Who teaches at his School in St Martins le Grand; On. Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays, In the Afternoon, ALSO On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, In the Afternoon, at his School next to Furnivals Inn in Holburn. Ladies may be taught at their own Houses.
A 1995 reprint in miniature of the 1st edition, 2nd issue of 1721 [see item 10966 below]. Text block - 2 1/4" x 3 3/4" Full brown speckled calf binding, with raised bands on spine with gilt lines and brown label with gilt lettering. Binding measuring 2 1/2" x 4" -- Pp. Engraved portrait frontispiece by Robert Shephard. Title page, 41 leaves with the engraved text on rectos only with versos blank. Last two leaves with 'The Order for Bills of Fare' and the Index. A beautiful and unique miniature edition.
- The portrait of Kidder is 'un-wigged', showing his natural hair. Later editions have Kidder with wig, and also have eight engraved plates. This edition does not have the plates but is complete. This is verified in the joint study published in PPC, Vols #'s 32 & 39 by Peter Targett in UK and Simon Varey in US. Kidder issued the recipes to his students one by one, in line with the daily and weekly lectures. The plates were issued later when he moved his schools to other locations. This is why the pagination of Kidder's books present so many variances. Hence Targett and Varey's welcome and helpful research. A beautiful and desirable item. One of a limited edition of 300.

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