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M., W. Incomparable Secrets in Physick, Chirurgery, Preserving, and Candying, and Cookery; as they were presented to the QUEEN, By the most experienced Persons of our Times, many wherof were honoured with her own practice, when she pleased to descend to these more private Recreations. Never before published. Transcribed from the true Copies of her Majesties own Receipt Books, by W. M., one of her late servants. Vivit post funera Virtus. London: Printed for Nathaniel Brook at the Angel in Cornhill, 1655. First Edition. [8] 296 [22] 123 [7] 14 x 9 cm. Consisting of three books ‘The Pearle of Practice’, ‘A QUEENS DELIGHT’, and ‘THE COMPLEAT COOK’. Title page trimmed, affecting text. Pages 69-70, loss of corner, affecting text. Pages 175-176 loss at edge, affecting text. Pages 179-180, affecting text. Repair on last page of Epistle. Annotation in ink on page 202, not affecting text. “Elizabeth Shaw”, written in ink on page 294, surrounded with ornamental flourishes. Three receipts written in ink on rear pages. Calling card pasted on verso of cover – J. H. Collins, 9 Holmwood Gardens, Church End, Finchley N. Boards heavily rubbed. From the estate of Dan Samuel, 4th Viscount Samuel (1925-2014), grandson of Herbert Louis Samuel, 1st Viscount Samuel, High Commissioner of Palestine (1920-1925). [OXFORD 26]. Tooled Calf, raised bands. Good. Hardcover.