- A pristine miniature with a rare 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 and fep. Half-title.  Title Page.  Preface v-xii. Contents xiii-xiv.  p34. Diagrams of Meat cuts (with the engraving on the recto and the verso blank)  p51 Plates of made dishes with blank versos.  xvii-Ixix Directions for Carving and Philosophy of Cooking.  Pp 1+2-795.  1+798-836.  Marbled fep and paste-down. All pages and text on very fine India paper. Full original crimson red morocco binding with blind tooled lines to edges of boards. Fine crisp gilt lettering and tooling on spine. Deluxe edition with exquisite tooled silver cover and hallmarks. Fine gilt to edges of text block. A pristine and uniquely rare item.
- The first edition of Lees Dods's work appeared in 1881. This miniature edition is particularly charming with its silver cover displaying exquisite, embossed intricate tooling, denoting "Cookery" and showing a kettle hanging from a tripod over a fire. Louis Bondy in his book on the history of miniatures describes this (he had one with the same silver cover) as "the most extensive cookery book in miniature" (Louis Bondy, Miniature Books. p.139).
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Modern categoryref number: 11044