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CULINA FAMULATRIX MEDICINAE: Or, Receipts in Modern Cookery; with a medical commentary, written by Ignotus and revised by A. Hunter M.D. F.R.S. L & E. Author signed.
York: printed by T. Wilson & R. Spence: for J. Mawman, London; sold also by J. White & J. Murray, & J. Harding, London; A. Constable, Edinburgh, 1807.FIFTH EDITION 1807, PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED ON THE FRONT ENDPAPER BY THE AUTHOR TO ALEXANDER G. HUNTER ESQ IN APRIL 1807, signing "from his affect. friend A. Hunter", another inscription on the same page in a different hand is signed "A H", possibly the recipient: "Dr Hunter was the learned editor of folio(?) editions of Evelyn's Silva & other books", plus the large signature of a Mrs Hunter on title page. 8vo, approximately 175 x 100 mm, 7 x 4 inches, engraved frontispiece of a Roman Stewpan, pages: (4), 5 - 310 including index, + 22 (a list of 267 maxims), bound in original quarter red roan over marbled boards, gilt rules and lettering to spine. Binding slightly worn and rubbed, small chips to head and tail of spine, spine darkened, light brown stains to corners of endpapers, small old paper repair to fore - edge of front endpaper and blank side of frontispiece margin (not affecting image), light brown offsetting from frontispiece onto title page, a couple of tiny ink spots on frontispiece, occasional small brown spot or small pale stain, mainly to margins, occasional tiny ink cross or ink mark in the margin, 1 brief ink note page 287, occasional pale age - browning. A very good tight copy inscribed by the author. It contains 250 detailed cookery and medicinal recipes. Alexander Hunter (1729??1809), was born in Edinburgh. He trained as a physician at Edinburgh, pursuing additional anatomical training in Rouen and Paris, before graduating MD in Edinburgh in 1753. He moved in 1763 to York, where he practised successfully in the city and among the county gentry until his death. In 1777 he founded the York Lunatic Asylum. He wrote books on topics other than medicine including agriculture and in 1776 issued a revised, updated illustrated edition of John Evelyn's Sylva which was first published in 1664, and it is for this work which ran into 5 editions that he is best known. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1775, and of that of Edinburgh in 1792. (ODNB). See: Keynes, John Evelyn, page 143, No.47; Wellcome Library, Volume III, page 316, listing earlier and later editions; Simon, Bibliotheca Gastronomica 871; Vicaire, Bibliographie Gastronomique page 239; Bitting, Gastronomic Bibliography, page 238. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
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