The Art of Cookery made Plain and Easy : excelling any thing of the kind ever yet published ... also, the order of a bill of fare for each month in the manner the dishes are to be placed upon the table, in the present taste. A new edition, with modern improvements.

Alexandria, [VA]: Printed by Cottom and Stewart, and sold at their Book-Stores, in Alexandria and Fredericksburg, 1805.

Duodecimo, 293, [12], [306]-308, [16] pages. Index, with errata notice to end. Bills of Fare for every month at end. Pagination error: Q2 has been folded and sewn into the signature incorrectly, resulting in pages 187-88, following 184, and pages 185-86, following 188. Though the text order is broken, all text is present. This copy does not exhibit another pagination error we have seen, and which is present in the AAS copy; page "212" is mis-numbered "112". ~ FIRST AMERICAN EDITION of the most successful and influential English cookbook of the eighteenth century. Hannah Glasse (1708-1770) was the wife of an attorney and the mother of eight children. She published the first edition of her Art of Cookery -- a work she boasted "far exceeds any Thing of the Kind ever yet published" -- in 1747. The Alexandria, Virginia printer and bookseller, Peter Cottom and John Stewart formed their business partnership in 1798, and remained partners until 1813, after which Peter Cottom moved to Richmond. He opened a second shop in Lynchburg in 1815 that was known to have been visited by Thomas Jefferson at least once. The second printing was issued in 1812, just a year before the partnership dissolved. The 1812 printing was the final American printing until the 1971 Archon Books facsimile. This first American edition also includes a section titled, "Some New Receipts Adapted to the American Mode of Cooking" (inserted into the text at pages 137-144). Karen Hess, in the introduction to the Applewood reprint of this edition, points out that this new section, with 29 recipes, is identical to a section that appeared in the Boston 1772 edition of Susannah Carter's Frugal Housewife. It is identical enough that it replicates the final truncated entry (which is referenced in the Errata, "The following curious Method of rearing turkeys to advantage, translated from a Swedish Book, entitled Rural Oeconomy." Hess also asserts that the recipes in this edition include no recipes from before the middle part of the 18th century, and some of Glasse's most famous recipes have here been omitted. With the exception of the twenty-nine recipes in the new section mentioned above, no other recipes have been added. As in the English editions, there are two recipes attributed to Jewish sources, "Marmalade of Eggs the Jews Way," and "The Jews way of preserving Salmon and all Sorts of Fish". Also contains the final section of recipes, "Receipts for perfumery &c." following the Bills of Fare and preceding the Index. Lacking the rear, free endpaper, some dog ears to leaves, a bit of light foxing and soil. Original full calf, with gilt-ruled spine, gilt-titled black morocco spine label. Rubbing to head and foot of spine, and bumping and scuffing to corners. Childish pencil scribbles to endpapers, ownership inscription to front paste down. Overall, still near very good. Rare. [OCLC locates twenty-eight copies; Bitting, page 189; Lowenstein 35; Shaw & Shoemaker 8529].

Price: $1,800.00

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