The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy; Which far exceeds any Thing of the Kind yet published. To which are added, By Way of Appendix, One hundred and fifty New and Useful Receipts, and a Copious Index. By A Lady - Hannah Glasse 1763 - A. Millar, London - Eighth Edition A finely bound early edition of this classic 18th century cookbook, which ‘revolutionised the way the British cook’.

‘She's the first domestic goddess, the queen of the dinner party and the most important cookery writer to know about. No, not Isabella Beeton; not Delia Smith nor Nigella Lawson, but an earlier incarnation of a kitchen trouble-shooter, Hannah Glasse’ - Rose Prince,
The Independent (2006).

The Art of Cookery has a River Cafe Cookbook quality - in fact her excessive use of butter, which can have a lovely clear flavour, can be likened to the liberal dribbling of olive oil in Rogers' and Gray's recipes. The power of the book, though, is the clarity of the writing. She's authoritative but she is also intimate, treating you as an equal’ – Bee Wilson (food journalist and author).
  Up until her death in 1770 Glasse published her cookbook anonymously. "Many of Glasses recipes, like those of her female contemporaries were the backbone of English cuisine. From savory veal pies and baked salmon to pickles and apple tarts, her recipes are in fact more practical than their French counterparts and many are still used in England today."

References: Bitting,
Gastronomic Bibliography 187. Cagle, A Matter of Taste 701. Pennell, My Cookery Books 154. Oxford, English Cookery Books 76. Vicaire, Bibliographie Gastronomique 413. Maclean, Household and Cookery Books 58.

Octavo (binding size 21 x 13.5 cm). pp. [1 (title page)] [1] vi [20 (
Contents)] [4 (Contents of the Appendix)] 384 [24 (Index)]. Facsimile signature of Hannah Glasse to page 1, as published.
  Contemporary full speckled calf, spine un gilt ruled compartments, hand lettered, twin gilt fillet borders to boards, spine and corners with some early restoration.   Condition: Near fine, toning and offsetting to endpapers, in very good binding, with some restoration to spine ends and corners, front outer hinge split but firm.   Ref: 109289   Price: HK$ 6,500