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RAFFALD, Elizabeth.

The Experienced English Housekeeper,

for the use and ease of Ladies, Housekeepers, Cooks, &c., wrote purely from practice ... consisting of near Nine Hundred original Receipts, most of which never appeared in Print.

Stock Code
102745
London, for the author, and sold by R. Baldwin, 1786
£675

A very good copy of this popular work on cookery and housekeeping by Elizabeth Raffald, which ran to multiple editions in her lifetime including a variety of spurious pirated editions: 'She was a shrewd, tactful and strong-willed woman, with a good knowledge of French and an active concern for the poor. From her shop she ran a school of cookery and domestic economy, and what was probably the first register office for servants in Manchester.' (ODNB) 'I would recommend those of a nervous disposition avoid the chapter entitled, To ficcassee [sic] a rabbit's brain.'Elizabeth Raffald was also instrumental in establishing a second Manchester newspaper, the Prescott's Journal, in 1771, and set up the first Directory of Manchester.

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Description

Tenth edition; 8vo; 3 folding engraved plates, two with offsetting from folding, a few recent and older marginal repairs, numerous old penicl annotations. Rebound in twentieth century half black calf, marbled paper boards. Contents a little marked and toned, spine slightly faded, a very nice copy.

Bibliography

Maclean p. 121; Bitting p. 378; Oxford pp. 98-99

Stock ID:102745

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