Bradshaw's Valuable Family Jewel. Being a store-house of such curious matters as all ought to be acquainted with, who intend to spend their lives either pleasant or profitable. Containing all that relates to confectionary, cookery, pastry, preserving, pickling, cordials, made wines, brewing, &c. with a great number of other necessary articles not to be met with in any other book: particularly, an excellent method for the management of a beer-cellar: how to keep ale or beer always exceeding fine; and how to restore four beer to its first perfection; which article has been of the utmost service to the purchasers of this book. Likewise, an excellent method to preserve a constant stock of yeast, even in the most scarce seasons. In this book is likewise inserted Mons. Millien's method of preserving metals from rust, such as guns, grates, candle-sticks, &c. for the discovery of which the Royal Academy of Paris gave him 10,000 l. By Mrs. Penelope Bradshaw. The Nineth [sic] Edition. [Price One Shilling.]

[London: s.n., circa 1750].

Small octavo (17 x 10 cm.), i-x, [11-12], 13-96 pages. Index. Publication information and date from Maclean. Stated "nineth [sic] edition" (for a note on the odd and interesting publication history of this work, see Maclean, page 14). In short, the earliest known edition of this work is the stated "10th edition" of 1748. Maclean notes no edition before the sixth and adds that "Mrs. Bradshaw could have been misusing edition numbers to imply by 1748 that she had written a work that was much in demand". "Given that the edition statement seems to bear only a passing relation to the date, with later editions even appearing in earlier years it is quite possible that the publishers began with a late edition number either to make the book sound more popular to the buying public or if the recipes were lifted from other authors, to avoid accusations of plagiarism by claiming that Bradshaw's book had already appeared in earlier editions." Rebacked in period-style calf with paste paper-covered boards; original endpapers retained. Foxing or other spotting throughout; edges trimmed at an early date, just barely effecting text, but still full text is legible throughout. Early paper restoration to fore edge of a few leaves, again not effecting text. Still, all in all, a handsome copy, near very good. All editions are rare; only three auction records cited for all editions. [OCLC locates ten copies of all editions, and just one copy (LOC) of this edition; ESTC N65042; Bitting, page 56; citing this edition (LOC copy); Cagle 575 (see notes); Maggs Bros., Catalogue 582; not in Oxford or Vicaire].

Price: $2,500.00

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