A New System of Domestic Cookery; Formed upon Principles of Economy. And adapted to the Use of Private Families. By A Lady. - Mrs. Maria Eliza Ketilby Rundell 1808 - John Murray, London - A New Edition, Corrected A finely bound edition with brightly marbled boards, illustrated with engraved frontispiece and eight (of nine) carving diagrams

Mrs Rundell holds her claim to fame by becoming the most popular gastronomic writer of the nineteenth century, as the collection was reprinted over sixty times and sold more that 50’000 copies in the UK and US. Divided thirteen categories including ‘
Meats’ ’Soups’ and ’Sweet Dishes’ (a format which cookbooks today still employ), Domestic Cookery was described by historian Karen Hess as '…effectively replacing all eighteenth-century cookbooks as being rather old-fashioned, almost more in language than in content'.
  According to Arnold Oxford (English Cookery Books) this work by Maria Rundell (1745-1828), rivalled Mrs. Hannah Glasse in popularity, and from its first publishing in 1806 five to ten thousand copies were printed yearly. When the publisher, John Murray bought the lease of his house on Albermarle Street part of the surety consisted of the copyright of the “Domestic Cookery”.

References: Oxford,
English Cookery Books 137. Oxford DNB. Cagle, A Matter of Taste 971. Bitting, Gastronomic Bibliography 411. Maggs, Food and Drink Through the Ages (Cat. 645) 339.

Octavo (16.5 x 10.5 cm). pp. [4] [18 (contents)] xxx 351 [1 (publisher’s ads)] [2]. Lacking plate ix opposite page 83 (Collated 5/2017).
  In later three quarter burgundy calf over marbled boards, spine ruled in gilt with black morocco title label lettered in gilt.   Condition: Very good, toning to plates and foredge, chip to corner of page opposite plate 17 not affecting text, in near fine binding, light rubbing to spine ends. Missing plate ix.   Ref: 108742   Price: HK$ 1,800