“TAKE A POUND OF SKATE, FOUR OR FIVE FLOUNDERS, AND TWO EELS; CUT THEM INTO PIECES…”
HENDERSON, William Augustus. The Housekeeper's Instructor; Or, Universal Family Cook. London: Printed and sold by W. and J. Stratford, . Octavo, period-style half green calf retaining old red morocco spine label, marbled boards and endpapers.
Rare first edition of Henderson’s popular cookery manual, illustrated with frontispiece, seven engraved plates showing carving and four engraved plates (two folding) showing table settings. Attractively bound.
In addition to recipes and sections on pickling, preserving, brewing, and confectionary, this volume includes an extensive guide to carving, setting a table, and "directions for marketing." The Housekeeper's Instructor "was well received and went into at least twenty editions" (Craig 46). First edition, with 456 pages, an 18-page index, and 6-page list of subscribers. Cagle 738.
Text with occasional foxing, a few minor stains and signs of in-kitchen use. One folding plate with paper repair along upper edge, just affecting title but not image. An extremely good, attractively bound copy.