The Compleat Housewife: or, Accomplished Gentlewoman’s Companion: Being a Collection of upwards of Five Hundred of the most approved Receipts in Cookery, Pastry, Confectionary, Preserving, Pickles, Cakes, Creams, Jellies, Made Wines, Cordials. With Copper Plates curiously engraven for the regular Disposition or Placing the various Dishes and Courses. And also Bills of Fare for every Month in the Year. To which is added, A Collection of above Two Hundred Family Receipts of Medicines; viz. Drinks, Syrups, Salves, Ointments, and various other Things of sovereign and approved Efficacy in most Distempers, Pains, Aches, Wounds, Sores &c., never before made publick; fit either for private Families, or such publick-spirited Gentlewomen as would be beneficient to their poor neighbours - E. Smith 1734 - Printed for J. Pemberton, at the Golden Buck - Sixth Edition (First Published in 1727) A wonderful early edition of Eliza Smith’s classic compendium of recipes, home remedies, and medicinal guidance, and featuring six engraved folding plates showing table settings. A best selling cook book in London, where is was originally published in 1727, it later had the distinction of being the first cookery book printed in America, when it was printed and published in Williamsburg, Virginia, by William Parks in 1742.

Created as a household guide for the 18th century urban housewife, Smith’s extensive experience as a cook in various aristocratic houses, in addition to her chiding of the male culinary writers of the period, whom she claimed concealed their best recipes from the public, made her a popular figure amongst her contemporary female audience.
  Created as a household guide for the 18th century urban housewife, Smith’s extensive experience as a cook in various aristocratic houses, in addition to her chiding of the male culinary writers of the period, whom she claimed concealed their best recipes from the public, made her a popular figure amongst her contemporary female audience.

Provenance: From the library of Jennie Josephine Wilson, with her bookplate by Robert Wilson, who also did the rebind.

References: Pennell,
My Cookery Books 147. Bitting Gastronomic Bibliography, 438. Cagle A Matter of Taste, 996. Pennsylvania Library Exhibition ‘Household Works: Women Write from and for the Kitchen’ Web. Robbins Virginia Culinary Thymes 2005. www.americanantiquarian.org
pp. [16] 352 xv index [1] 6 fold out plates [1].
  In contemporary full calf, rebacked to style with new spine, corners, and endpapers, pages cleaned.   Condition: Near fine, one or two spots, pages washed, archival repairs to folding plates, in very good binding with rubbing to contemporary front boards.   Ref: 106164   Price: HK$ 8,000