The Art of Cookery, made Plain and Easy

The Art of Cookery, made Plain and Easy

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A LADY (GLASSE, Hannah). Which far exceeds any Thing of the Kind yet published. London: A. Millar, J. & R. Tonson, W. Strahan, P. Davey and B. Law, 1760. Seventh Edition. 384 pages - (24 ind.)  First published in 1747, the book was reprinted within its first year of publication - 20 editions in the 18th century followed. It was not uncommon for a female scribe to keep her identity hidden, but by using the title "A LADY", erroneous claims of authorship flourished. A common narrative (true or false?) in Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson, the publisher Dilly hints that John Hill was the true author of The Art of Cookery, stating - "women can spin very well, but they cannot make a good book of cookery." Oh dear, these gents were living in the dark ages, truly. Unfortunately for Glasse, her financial situation was never secure and she filed for bankruptcy and even spent some time in debtors prison. [OXFORD 77], [BITING 189]. Expertly rebacked, portions of the original backstrip preserved. Interior crisp. Orig. calf, rebacked. Very good. Hardcover. 

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