London: Printed for R. Dodsley in Pall-Mall; and sold by M. Cooper, at the Globe in Pater-noster Row. 1744.
Duodecimo, xii, 216 pages. Table of contents (styled "index"). FIRST EDITION. Maclean cites an advertisement in Scot's Mag (1756), which may indicate that there was a second printing, but to the best of our knowledge, a copy has not been identified. An early attempt to teach the benefits of the kitchen garden "to those who would live cheap... particularly for Farmers and Tradesmen in the Country, who have but small pieces of Garden Ground, and are willing to make the most of it." The work is divided into two parts: first an alphabetical list of herbs, fruits, and vegetables found in the kitchen garden, followed by a monthly calendar of garden activities; second, a collection of recipes, also organized alphabetically by the chief ingredient. The recipes are mostly vegetarian, although perhaps just as a result of the focus on the bounty of the kitchen garden, and not from any grander purpose. Finally, the second section also includes a collection of soup recipes, and other recipes that fall under no specific category. Text block clean and sound. In original brown calf, gilt ruled boards; professional tissue repair to hinges and gutters, compartmented spine, with gilt floral decoration; red morocco spine label. Near very good. [OCLC locates twenty-three copies; Bitting, page 514; Cagle 541; Maclean, page 3; Oxford, page 74; Pennell, My Cookery Books, page 151; Simon BG 64].