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COTTAGE DOMESTIC ECONOMY. Extracts from Cobbett and other Writers.
Frome printed by Crockers 1829 - FIRST AND ONLY EDITION, 1829. Small 8vo, in sixes, approximately 180 x 110 mm, 7 x 4ΒΌ inches, 155 pages including title page, foreword, introduction and index, bound in quarter tan roan, with plain grey boards and no lettering to spine. Spine faded, small crack to top of upper hinge, title page and next 4 leaves lightly browned and spotted in fore-edge and lower margin, otherwise contents clean, binding tight and firm, no loose pages. A very good copy. OCLC locates 3 copies in the US libraries, 1 in New Zealand and 1 in the British Library, see Copac. The preface of the compiler is signed "I. B. from Longleat", that is Isabella Byng who married the 2nd Marquess of Bath in 1794. She addresses the work to the cottagers of her neighbourhood and regrets being unable to interest herself in their welfare at that time due to ill health. In fact she died a year later in 1830. The book is intended to assist her cottagers to manage their daily lives and to produce food and drink from the small plot of land they own. There are chapters on nutritious cheap beer versus useless expensive tea, on the art of brewing, making bread, making malt, keeping cows and pigs, making bacon, keeping bees, keeping poultry, pigeons, rabbits, goats and ewes, making rush lights, and pages 133-147 contain simple recipes. There is no indication in the text anywhere of the author's sources. Not in the bibliographies of Bitting, Vicaire, Cagle or A. W. Oxford, English Cookery Books to 1850. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton P.B.F.A.]
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