The Cook's Paradise; being William Verral's 'Complete System of Cookery' Publish in 1759 with Thomas Gray's Cookery notes in holograph
London: The Sylvan Press, .
Small octavo (18 x 13 cm.), 139 pages. An interesting modern edition of an 18th century cookbook, William Verral's Complete System of Cookery (1759), which was reproduced from the copy owned by Thomas Gray, the English poet, letter-writter, and classical scholar, and includes reproductions of Gray's annotations. "It appeals to the revelation of ancient culinary mysteries while adding the attraction of the fact that the British Museum copy is the one owned and copiously annotated by the author" (from the jacket copy). Some light spotting and foxing to first few leaves. Orange cloth covered boards gilt-decorated and titled. Dust wrapper with a water stain to spine, lightly soiled and rubbed at edges. Near very good, in a good dust wrapper.