RESERVED - The Art of Invigorating and Prolonging Life, by Food, Clothes, Air, Exercise, Wine, Sleep, &c. and Peptic Precepts, pointing out Agreeable and Effectual Methods to prevent and relieve Indigestion, and to Regulate and Strengthen the action of the Stomach and Bowels. To which is added, the Pleasure of Making a Will. - William Kitchiner 1822 - Hurst, London - Third Edition, Enlarged A scarce and fascinating little work in contemporary binding.

Following a ‘Cure for Tooth-Ach’ is the section entitled ‘
The Pleasure of Making a Will’, presumably many ‘Tooth-Achs’ were terminal in 1822.

Words of wisdom include:-

The Siesta is not only advisable, but indispensable.’
‘No man should habitually take Wine as Food until he is past 30 years of age’.
‘Take as much exercise as you can in the open air’.
‘Nothing is so restorative to the nerves, as sound and uninterrupted Sleep; which is the chief source of both Bodily and Mental Strength’.
‘The clearness of the Complexion is considered the best criterion of a Man’s being in good condition’.
  The earliest recorded edition was the the second in 1821 (no copies of the first have ever been located).

Provenance : With the armourial bookplate ‘
Per Aspera Ad Astra

References: Simon,
Bibliotheca Bacchica 911. Cagle, A Matter of Taste 675 801.

Duodecimo (binding size 17x11cm), pp. viii [2] 298 [2].

ECCENTRICITIES OF DR. WILLIAM KITCHINER - Taken from ‘Chamber’s Book of Days’.
Eccentricity in cookery-books is by no means peculiar to our time. We have all read of the oddities of Mrs. Glasse's instructions; and most olden cookery-books savour of such humour, not to mention as oddities the receipts for doing out-of-the-way things, such as 'How to Roast a Pound of Butter,' which we find in the Art of Cookery, by a lady, 1748.

To the humour of Dr. Kitchiner in this way we doubtless owe a very good book —his Cook's Oracle, in which the instructions are given with so much come-and-read-me pleasantry and gossiping anecdote as to win the dullest reader.

But Kitchiner was not a mere book-making cook: he practised what he taught, and he had ample means for the purpose. From his father, a coal-merchant in an extensive way of business in the Strand, he had inherited a fortune of £60,000 or £70,000, which was more than sufficient to enable him to work out his ideal of life. His heart overflowed with benevolence and good humour, and no man better understood the art of making his friends happy. He shewed equal tact in his books: his Cook's Oracle is full of common-sense practice; and lest his reader should stray into excess, he wrote The Art of Invigorating and Prolonging Life, and a more useful book in times when railways were not—The Traveller's Oracle, and Horse and Carriage Keeper's Guide.

With his ample fortune, Kitchiner was still an economist, and wrote a Housekeeper's Ledger, and a coaxing volume entitled The Pleasures of Making a Will. He also wrote on astronomy, telescopes, and spectacles. In music he was a proficient: and in 1820, at the coronation of George IV, he published a collection of the National Songs of Great Britain, a folio volume, with a splendid dedication plate to His Majesty. Next he edited The Sea Songs of Charles Dibdin. But, merrily and wisely as Kitchiner professed to live, he had scarcely reached his fiftieth year when he was taken from the circle of friends. At this time he resided at No. 43, Warren-street, Fitzroy-square.

On the 26th of February he joined a large dinner-party given by Mr. Braham, the celebrated singer: he had been in high spirits, and had enjoyed the company to a later hour than his usually early habits allowed. Mathews was present, and rehearsed a portion of a new comic entertainment, which induced Kitchiner to amuse the party with some of his whimsical reasons for inventing odd things, and giving them odd names. He returned home, was suddenly taken ill, and in an hour he was no more!

Though always an epicure, and fond of experiments in cookery, and exceedingly particular in the choice of his viands, and in their mode of preparation for the table, Kitchiner was regular, and even abstemious, in his general habits. His dinners were cooked according to his own method: he dined at five: supper was served at half-past nine: and at eleven he retired. Every Tuesday evening he gave a conversazione, at which he delighted to bring together professors and amateurs of the sciences and the polite arts.

For the regulation of the party the Doctor had a placard over his drawing-room chimney-piece, inscribed 'Come at seven, go at eleven.' It is said that George Colman the younger, being introduced to Kitchiner on one of his evenings, and reading this admonition, found an opportunity to insert in the placard after 'go' the pronoun 'it,' which, it must be admitted, materially altered the reading. In these social meetings, when the Doctor's servant gave the signal for supper, those who objected to take other than tea or coffee departed; and those who remained descended to the dining-room, to partake of his friendly fare. A cold joint, a lobster salad, and some little entremets, usually formed the summer repast: in winter some nicely, cooked hot dishes were set upon the board, with wine, liqueurs, and ales from a well-stocked cellar. Such were the orderly habits at these evening parties, that, 'on the stroke of eleven,' hats, umbrellas, &c., were brought in, and the Doctor attended his guests to the street-door, where, first looking at the stars, he would give them a cordial shake of the hand, and a hearty 'good night,' as they severally departed.

Kitchiner's public dinners, as they may be termed, were things of more pomp, ceremony, and etiquette: they were announced by notes of invitation, as follows:

'Dear Sir,—The honour of your company is requested, to dine with the Committee of Taste, on Wednesday next, the 10th instant.

The specimens will be placed on the table at five o'clock precisely, when the business of the day will immediately commence.

I have the honour to be
Your most obedient Servant,
W. Kitchiner, Sec. 'August, 1825,
43, Warren-street, Fitzroy-square.

At the last general meeting, it was unanimously resolved—that

'1st. An invitation to ETA BETA PI must be answered in writing, as soon as possible after it is received—within twenty-four possible at latest, —reckoning from that at which, it was dated: otherwise the secretary will have the profound regret to feel that the invitation has been definitely declined.

2nd. The secretary having represented that the perfection of the several preparations is so exquisitely evanescent that the delay of one minute, after the arrival at the meridian of concoction, will render them no longer worthy of men of taste :

Therefore, to ensure the punctual attendance of those illustrious gastrophilists who, on this occasion, are invited to join this high tribunal of taste—for their own pleasure, and the benefit of their country—it is irrevocably resolved—" That the janitor be ordered not to admit any visitor, of whatever eminence of appetite, after the hour at which the secretary shall have announced that the specimens are ready."

By Order of the Committee,
W. Kitchiner, Sec.'

At the last party given by the Doctor on the 20th February, as the first three that were bidden entered his drawing-room, he received them seated at his grand pianoforte, with 'See the Conquering Hero comes!' accompanying the air by placing his feet on the pedals, with a peal on the kettle-drums beneath the instrument. Alas, the conquering hero was not far off!
  Bound in contemporary half calf over marbled boards, spine with burgundy morocco title label lettered inn gilt and gilt decorations, speckled edges, light brown coated endpapers.   Condition: near fine, one or two marks to pages and edges, in very good binding, wear to spine ends and corners, rubbing to edges and boards.   Ref: 109599   Price: HK$ 2,800