Copley.   Esther    
OR A PLAIN & PRACTICAL SYSTEM OF Domestic Cookery, BY ESTHER COPLEY. Author of Cottage Comforts &c. (A small illustration of kitchen equipment) London. PRINTED FOR JACKSON & WALFORD 18 St PAULS CHURCH YARD 1834.
FIRST EDITION. 180 x 113 mm. 1fep with ownership inscriptions. Frontispiece of a fine illustration of a kitchen scene. 1st ornate Title page. 2nd Title Page. (1)iv - xi Introduction. 5 plates of Carving and Butchery Illustrations, 1loose. (1)2 - 391. [1] (1)394 - 407 Index. [1] 1fep. 1/4 green publisher's original cloth with original grey paper hardboard covers. Text block slightly dusty but fine. Overall in good original condition. This is possibly Copley's scarcest title.
- Esther Copley (born Esther Beuzeville on 10 May 1786 in London, died on 17 July 1851 in Eythorne, Kent) was a prolific author of children's books, tracts, and books on domestic economy. Cottage Comforts (1825), addressed to the working people, went into scores of editions, for example. Among several other works on domestic matters was the pamphlet Hints on the Cholera morbus (1832), on how to prevent and treat the disease. Her stories for children were mainly didactic, designed to make them thrifty and good by providing examples of moral behaviour. She also wrote longer, non-fiction works for children, including Scripture Natural History for Youth (1828) and a 500-page History of Slavery and its Abolition (1836). [Ref: Rooke Books - Home of the mad librarian]

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