The London Art of Cookery, and Housekeeper's Complete Assistant. On a New Plan. Made Plain and Easy to the Understanding of every Housekeeper, Cook, and Servant, in the Kingdom. Containing... Roasting and Boiling all Sorts of Butcher's Meat, Poultry, Game, and Fish... Sauces for every occasion... Ragoos and Fricassees... All sorts of pies and puddings. Pancakes and fritters... Pickling, potting, and preserving... Necessary Articles for Sea-faring persons. Made Wines, Cordial Waters, and Malt Liquors. To Which is Added An Appendix containing Considerations on Culinary Poisons... A List of Things in Season... &c. &c... and a Bill of Fare for Every Month in the Year - John Farley 1801 - James Scatcherd, London - Tenth Edition, With the Addition of many new and elegant Receipts in the various Branches of Cookery A clean example of Farley’s popular work, illustrated with 13 copper-engraved plates including frontispiece portrait of John Farley and his establishment, and bills of fare for each month.

With additional sections on ‘
Culinary Poisons’, ‘Wines, Cordial Waters, and Malt Liquors’, ‘Necessary Articles for Seafaring Persons’, and ‘Proper Nourishment for the Sick’.

Farley was principal cook at the London Tavern, and ‘
contributed much to the popularity of the London Tavern as an eating house, an inn whose generous helpings attracted customers from far and wide‘. This work is in effect a combination of the two most popular cookbooks of the time written by Hannah Glasse and Elizabeth Raffald, with the small remainder taken from others.
  Reference: Bitting, Gastronomic Bibliography 152. Cagle, A Matter of Taste 675. Maclean, Household and Cookery Books 50. Maggs, Food and Drink Through the Ages (Cat. 645) 316. Quayle 111. Simon, Bibliotheca Gastronomica 661. Vicaire, Bibliographie Gastronomique 355.

Provenance: Mary Croom Benson (Born 1852) of Market Street, St. Mary, Staffordshire, England.

Octavo (20 x 13 cm). pp. [2] xxiv [12 (engraved plates printed on both side)] 366 [2 (publisher’s ads)]. In contemporary green patterned cloth, red calf title label lettered in gilt.
  Condition: Near fine, spine ends rubbed, light spotting to first and last few pages, and toning to edges, a few other pages with spots, but generally a nice clean copy.   Ref: 108737   Price: HK$ 2,800