“THE NAMES AND VIRTUES OF THESE HERBS… WERE FAMILIAR AS HOUSEHOLD WORDS”: A PLAIN PLANTAIN, ONE OF ONLY 400 COPIES
(COOKERY) (AVERY, Susanna). ALEXANDER, Russell George, editor. A Plain Plantain. Country Wines, Drinks, & Herbal Cures, from a 17th Century Househould M.S. Receipt Book. Ditchling Sussex: S. Dominic's Press, 1922. 12mo, original half blue cloth, blue and white paper boards, uncut, original dust jacket. $1200.
Limited first edition, one of only 400 copies from the acclaimed St. Dominic’s Press, preserving numerous 17th-century recipies and herbal remedies.
Edited from a 1688 manuscript by one Susanna Avery, A Plain Plantain presents recipes and instructions for not only such dishes as potato pudding, pickled cucumbers and "a plum cake Mis Bettyson's way" but also such herbal remedies as "aqua composita for a consumption" and a tonic "for the stone (take it fasting twice a week if you be subject to the stone, or when the fitt is on you)." Printed by St. Dominic's Press, "for 21 years a center of ideas and craftsmanship and wood-engraving." One of only 400 copies. Also issued in wrappers. Ransom 38.
A beautiful cop in fine condition.