A Treatise on Domestic Medicine, Intended for Families, in Which the Treatment of Common Disorders are Alphabetically Enumerated. To Which is Added, a Practical System of Domestic Cookery, Describing the Best, Most Economical, and Most Wholesome Meth
Reading [PA]: George Getz, 1824.
Octavo, 128 pages, with 3 copper-engraved plates. 27 x 16.5cm, original leather-backed boards, with printed paper cover. First Edition. The sole work on cookery by this important American political philosopher. Although the book contains information on medicine, nearly 100 pages of its 128 are given over to cooking and preserving, explained in a clear, explicatory style. Cooper, an Englishman who emigrated to the U.S. along with Joseph Priestly, partly to escape prosecution at home (he supported the French Revolution and crossed Edmund Burke), was successfully prosecuted under the Sedition Act for statements against John Adams, but found the favor of Thomas Jefferson, who appointed him the first professor of natural science and law at the University of Virginia, and was later appointed President of what was to become the University of South Carolina. Some loss to edges of last final pages, not affecting text, two-inch tear to page 15/16 with some loss of a few words of text, some foxing throughout, otherwise near very good, in quarter calf, with printed paper over boards. [Axford p. 397; Wheaton & Kelly 1413; Lowenstein 97; not in Bitting].