Title 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.....
Book Condition Good
Edition Sixteenth edition with additions.
Publisher London Printed for C.Hitch and L.Hawes etc. 1758
Seller ID 10361
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.