The Cook's Dictionary, and House-Keeper’s Directory: A New Family Manual of Cookery and Confectionery, on a Plan of Ready Reference Never Hitherto Attempted. - Richard Dolby 1830 - Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, London - First Edition An uncommon copy of the first edition of The Cook’s Dictionary, considered the first cookery book to be arranged alphabetically. This wonderful compendium of delicacies – compiled by 19th century chef Richard Dolby of the Thatched-House Tavern on St. James Street and a popular domestic reference of its time – contains several thousand entries and many recipes for cooking, baking, and brewing that had never before appeared in print.

Features a glossary of cooking terms, and a number of alphabetical tables listing fish, crustaceans, fowl, fruit and vegetables, and when they are in season.
  References: Cagle, A Matter of Taste 648. Bitting, Gastronomic Bibliography 126. Spectator Archive 1830, web. Gentleman’s Magazine Volume 148 1830, web. New Monthly Magazine Volume 30 1830 web. The British Magazine Volume 1 1830, web. The Quarterly Review July 1830, web.

Duodecimo. pp. iv 516. Publisher’s cloth, rebacked retaining original cloth spine.
  Condition: Very good, rebacked retaining original cloth spine, lower front corner cloth repaired to style, minor wear to extremities, foxing to the first 50 leaves, pencil notation to front free endpaper.   Ref: 107517   Price: HK$ 2,800