A New System of Domestic Cookery; Formed upon Principles of Economy, and adapted to the Use of Private Families. By A Lady. With the addition of Many New Receipts. - Maria Rundell Circa 1850 - T. Allman and Son, London - Early Edition A finely bound example of Mrs. Rundell’s (née Mari Elizabth Ketelby) extreme popular treatise on domestic cookery, illustrated with an engraved title page and eleven engraved plates.

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 than 50’000 copies in the UK and US. Divided into thirteen parts 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 original 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.

Small octavo (13.1x8.5cm), pp. xl 419 [1] 4 (publisher’s ads) [2]. Based on or research there was a similar printing which included an additional engraved frontispiece, but without clear bibliography, we cannot pin the exact printing date or provide further detail.
  Bound in later full tan sheep, spine ruled and with motifs in blind, twin black morocco spine labels lettered and decorated in gilt, later endpapers.   Condition: Near fine, generally clean throughout with some small areas of spotting and soiling, toning to engraved title page which has been restored along the top edge, in near fine binding, light rubbing to spine, small hole to rear pastedown.   Ref: 110784   Price: HK$ 1,900