The Experienced English Housekeeper. For the use and ease of ladies, housekeepers, cooks, &c., Written purely from practice. Dedicated to the Hon. Lady Elizabeth Warburton, whom the author lately served as housekeeper...

London: T. Wilson & R. Spence, 1806.

Octavo, 397 pages. With three folding plates. A later, "New Edition, in which are inserted some celebrated Receipts by other modern Authors." Originally published in 1769, The Experienced English Housekeeper was one of the most celebrated and popular of 18th century cookery books, placing the author in the same sphere as Hannah Glasse. In addition to her position as housekeeper to Lady Warburton, Raffald operated the Bull's Head Pub in Manchester, and the King's Head in Salford, both notable inns, helped found a newspaper, operated a confectionery shop and ran a cooking school. All this after having provided her husband, John Raffald, with 15 daughters (or 16 depending on your source). Among the interesting recipes is one "To spin a Silver Web for covering Sweet Meats", and "Directions for a Grand Table." Internally fine, in original gilt-ruled, mottled calf boards. Handsomely and professionally rebacked in tan calf with gilt compartments and decorations. [OCLC locates three copies; Cagle 944-953 (earlier editions); Maclean, page 121].

Price: $1,200.00

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