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The Williamsburg Art of Cookery or, Accomplish'd Gentlewomans' Companion: Being a Collection of upwards of Five Hundred of the most Ancient & Approv'd Recipes in Virginia Cookery, Bullock, Mrs Helen
1 Bullock, Mrs Helen The Williamsburg Art of Cookery or, Accomplish'd Gentlewomans' Companion: Being a Collection of upwards of Five Hundred of the most Ancient & Approv'd Recipes in Virginia Cookery
Richmond, Virginia Colonial Williamsburg 1967 12th prtg. Paper-covered boards Good 
The title is derived from the first American cookery book, published 1742, by William Parks in Williamsburg, which was based on a much larger book by Mrs E.Smith, published in England. Parks omitted recipes containing ingredients unobtainable in the colony. This nicely produced little book also includes recipes from handwritten notebooks, as well as a section on Christmas in Virginia. Useful bibliography at rear. 
Price: 20.00 AUD
 
 
The London Art of Cookery and Housekeeper's Complete Assistant. On a New Plan. Made Plain and Easy to the Understanding of every Housekeeper, Cook, and Servant in the Kingdom., Farley, John
2 Farley, John The London Art of Cookery and Housekeeper's Complete Assistant. On a New Plan. Made Plain and Easy to the Understanding of every Housekeeper, Cook, and Servant in the Kingdom.
London J.Scatcherd & J.Whitaker 1792 Seventh ed. Leatherbound Good 
Light foxing scattered throughout. Edges of boards lightly bumped. engraved portrait frontispiece, 12 engraved plates of 'bills of fare', vi + 467 + (2)pp., with advertisements on verso of final leaf, contemporary sheep sympathetically rebacked (not modern) with gilt lines and gilt label laid on spine Farley, "Principal Cook at the London Tavern", first published his popular work in 1783. It is a mine of information - hints on domestic economy, marketing, methods of cookery with recipes, sections on pickling, preserving, drying and candying, making wines and cordial-waters, nourishment for the sick and "necessary articles for seafaring persons". At rear is a catalogue of garden stuffs, poultry and fish in season in the different months of the year. An important book. 
Price: 475.00 AUD
 
 
The Art of Cookery made Plain and Easy: Which far exceeds any Thing of the Kind yet published...., Glasse, Hannah
3 Glasse, Hannah The Art of Cookery made Plain and Easy: Which far exceeds any Thing of the Kind yet published....
London 1758 Sixth Edition Leather_bound Good 
Original binding, with gilt title laid on spine. Binding showing loss at corners, and rubbing on spine and boards. Internally missing half-title page, fep worn. Contemporary owners' name and 1808 on title page, later name on fep. Some light foxing to early pages, but otherwise this is internally an excellent copy, tight and clean. Hannah Glasse's book, the best-known English cookery book of the 18th century, first appeared in 1747. Immensely popular, it went into many editions. A good deal is now known about Mrs Glasse, who wrote her book from necessity, since her husband seems to have been unable to support her and their large family. 
Price: 1200.00 AUD
 
 
The Experienced English Housekeeper For the use and ease of Ladies, Housekeepers. Cooks, etc., written purely from the practice, and dedicated to the Hon.Lady Elizabeth Warburton, Whom the Author lately served as Housekeeper: Consisting of near Nine Hundred Original Receipts, most of which never appeared in print, Raffald, Elizabeth
4 Raffald, Elizabeth The Experienced English Housekeeper For the use and ease of Ladies, Housekeepers. Cooks, etc., written purely from the practice, and dedicated to the Hon.Lady Elizabeth Warburton, Whom the Author lately served as Housekeeper: Consisting of near Nine Hundred Original Receipts, most of which never appeared in print
London Printed for R.Baldwin 1771 Second edition Good 
8vo. iv + pp.384 + index. Original calf rebacked. Wear to extremities. Front and back hinge recently repaired. Internally tight and clean with scattered foxing and occasional stain. An important work, first published 1769. Mrs Raffald was housekeeper to Lady Elizabeth Warburton, at Arley Hall, Cheshire. She later married the head gardener there and the couple moved to Manchester, where she set up a registry office for domestic servants, which she ran in conjunction with her cooked meat and confectioner's shop. Business was brisk and larger premises were soon needed. In spite of continual pregnancies - she had sixteen daughters - she somehow found time to write her immensely popular cookery book, full of delicious recipes, though, according to Quayle, she never parted with the recipe for her famous brawn, "a delicacy she sold sliced by the pound, and which had customers throughout the length and breadth of Lancashire". Title page notes that "No book is genuine but what is signed by the Author" as this is on page 1. 
Price: 850.00 AUD
 
 
The Family Dictionary or Household Companion. Containing in an alphabetical method, I Directions for cookery etc...., Salmon, William
5 Salmon, William The Family Dictionary or Household Companion. Containing in an alphabetical method, I Directions for cookery etc....
London Printed for H.Rhodes at The Star, the corner of Bride Lane in Fleet Street 1705 Third edition Good 
Rebound in modern half-calf with marbled boards. Title page corners are shabby and a dozen following have dog-ears. Occasional rust stains,watermark. Remnants of insect damage affect a small section of pp 167 - 176. First published in 1695 by W.H, in this Third Edition William Salmon gives himself the title of Professor of Physic, although some writers suggest he was only a well-read quack. This lovely example of the household companion is a wealth of information for "Ladies, Gentlewomen and such other Persons, whose Station requires their taking care of the House." It contains instructions on the Preparation of Medecines as well as for "The Dressing of Food or Meats for conservation of the strength of the Body" and, the author claims " contains the best Receipts for Cookery that are Extant" . The alphabetical arrangement of the text means that the medical remedies are interspersed with the recipes, so that for example instructions for baking a Loin of Veal are followed by remedies for Looseness of the bowel! 
Price: 950.00 AUD
 
 
The Compleat Housewife Or Accomplish'd Gentlewoman's Companion: Being a Collection of upwards of Five Hundred of the most approved Receipts in Cookery, Pastry, Confectionery, Preserving, Pickles, Cakes, Creams, Jellies, Made Wines, Cordials. With Copper Plates curiously engraven for the regular Disposition or Placing the various Dishes or Courses. And Also Bills of Fare for every Month of the Year. To which is added, A Collection of about Two Hundred Family Receipts of Medicines....., Smith, Eliza
6 Smith, Eliza The Compleat Housewife Or Accomplish'd Gentlewoman's Companion: Being a Collection of upwards of Five Hundred of the most approved Receipts in Cookery, Pastry, Confectionery, Preserving, Pickles, Cakes, Creams, Jellies, Made Wines, Cordials. With Copper Plates curiously engraven for the regular Disposition or Placing the various Dishes or Courses. And Also Bills of Fare for every Month of the Year. To which is added, A Collection of about Two Hundred Family Receipts of Medicines.....
London Printed for C.Hitch and L.Hawes etc. 1758 Sixteenth edition with additions. Leather_bound Good 
Large 8vo., vii, pp 396, 6 folding plates of table settings (four of these partly supplied in facsimile in matching toned paper).Title page a little stained and tanned at edges, small piece torn from top RH corner ( and repaired with new piece). Waldo Lincoln bookplate on inside front cover dated September 30 1929. Text marked and foxed in places. Hinges repaired and minor repairs to other pages. Boards rubbed and stubbed, worn original full leather with five bands to spine. First published 1727, and one of the best known of the 18th century cookery books, going in to 18 editions. It was also the first cookbook to be published in the United States (1742). Not much is known about Eliza Smith beyond her own preface statement that for over 30 years she had been employed "in fashionable and noble Families". The recipes are full of interest, as indeed are the many rather horrendous remedies and cures. 
Price: 1100.00 AUD
 


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