London: Printed for J. Brambles, A. Meggitt, and J. Waters, by H. Mozley, Market-place, Gainsborough, 1805.
24mo., vii, , 282 pages. Frontispiece depicting a kitchen table laden with fish, flesh and fowl. One folding plate, depicting the stove fires; lacking the two plates of table settings. A later, “New Edition, in which are inserted some celebrated Receipts by other modern Authors” in a handy small format. 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 fifteen daughters (or sixteen depending on your source). Recipes include To Spin a Silver Web for covering Sweet Meats, and Directions for a Grand Table. Lacking part of the first plate, showing the design of three stoves, and lacking both of the plates of table settings; a few pages edgeworn, not effecting text. Attractively rebound in full brown calf, with blind tooled boards and a red morocco title label. Near very good. [OCLC locates just one copy of this edition, at Oxford; Cagle 944-953 (earlier editions); Maclean, page 121ff. (earlier editions)].