The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary, Including, A System of Modern Cookery in all its various branches. Adapted for the use of private families. Also a variety of original and valuable information...

Bungay: L. R. Childs, 1823.

Octavo (21.5 x 14.5 cm.), xxxii, 495 pages. Illustrated with an engraved title page and four plates. N.B. this copy lacking the engraved frontispiece portrait of the author. FIRST EDITION. Although the engraved title page states 1822, and the text title page 1823, this is the first edition, and the discrepancy is likely the result of the book being published in parts (see Cagle). A complete dictionary of cookery for the smaller household, perhaps new to servants. Contains many interesting recipes such as cowslip mead, snipes in ragout, and rhubarb soup. Also includes much useful household advice for activities including letting go a servant, soldering (useful for fixing pots), or dealing with a smoky chimney. Some foxing and age toning throughout. A bit of tiny chipping to the edge of a few of the plates, not effecting the images. Marbled boards over half brown calf, gilt decorated at the spine, and with a gilt-titled black spine label. The hinges are starting, and there is a notable crease down the centerline of the spine. This copy lacking the engraved frontispiece portrait of the author. Good only. With the personal bookplate of Eleanor Lowenstein. [OCLC locates twenty-five copies; Axford page 70; Bitting page 139; Cagle 661; Oxford page 152; Schraemli 157; Simon 542; not in Attar].

Price: $350.00