HENDERSON, William Augustus. ~ The Housekeeper’s Instructor; or, Universal Family cook. Being an ample and clear display of the Art of Cookery in all its various branches. Containing proper directions for dressing all kinds of butcher’s meat, poultry, game, fish, &c. Also the method of preparing soups, hashes, and made dishes; with the whole Art of Confectionary, pickling, preserving, &c. Likewise the making and keeping in perfection British Wines; and Proper rules for Brewing malt Liquor…to which is added, the Complete Art of Carving…..the whole formed on so new a plan that hte inexperienced will be instructions, and the professed Cook receive that Information which has never been made known by any preceding publication.
Frontispiece of a lady presenting her servant with the Universal Family Cook and a manservant learning how to carve from the book. First edition. Pp. 456 plus 18 pages of index & 5 pages of subscribers & 1 p. advertisement. 11 plates, 9 of which have been supplied from a much brighter copy, the two folding ones having undergone some repair. Later, contemporary style binding of half calf and marbled boards, red morocco & gilt spine label.
The date is taken from the recorded Crahan copy (Crahan 330) which has the same number of pages and which has an ownership inscription of 1791. The uneven nature of the plates with those supplied not fitting in the book, is reflected in the price.
Craig, 46, Maclean p. 68; Cagle 738.
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