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CARTER, CHARLES   flourished 1730-1750


  • The compleat city and country cook: or, accomplish'd housewife
  • Subjects: cookery, health, medicine,

    • 1. The compleat city and country cook: or, accomplish'd housewife . . . illustrated with forty-nine copper plates . . . to which is added by way of appendix, near two hundred of the most approv'd receipts in physick and surgery for the cure of the most common diseases incident to families: the collection of a noble lady deceased. etc.
      London: printed for A. Bettesworth, C. Hitch and C. Davis   1732
      20 cm.   viii, 280 p. pls.   5 sh.  
      GB:   BaCE   LWML   LeU(B)*  
      US:   CLSU   DCLC   NYPL  

      --2nd ed. with large additions. London: printed for A. Bettesworth, C. Hitch and C. Davis, 1736. LBL; LWML; OBL: DCLC; NIC
      --3rd ed. London: printed for [----] 1749. 1. RB (Mar. 1732), p. 69, confirms that the price was 5 sh.
      2. The only known reference to the 3rd edition (1749) is B. & G. Cat., No. 37, p. 8.

      Bitting, p. 78; Oxford, p. 62

  • The complete practical cook
  • Subjects: cookery, household management,

    • 1. The complete practical cook: or, a new system of the whole art and mystery of cookery . . . adorned with sixty curious copper plates. etc.
      London: printed for W. Meadows, C. Rivington and R. Hett 16 sh.   1730
      26 cm.   224, 58 p. pls.  
      GB:   ENLS*   LBL   LeU(B)  
      US:   KMK   MSaE   NYPL  

      1. The author, whose father was also a cook, described himself as 'Lately Cook to his Grace the Duke of Argyll, the Earl of Pontefract, the Lord Cornwallis, etc.'.
      2. Mon.Cat./2 (vol. 2), p. 2 (Jan. 1730), confirms that the price was 16 sh.
      3. The ENLS copy contains the bookplate of Sir George Steuart of Grantully, Bart.
      4. The NYPL copy is part of the Whitney Cookery Collection, which was donated by the will of Mrs Helen Hay Whitney.

      Bitting, p. 77; Oxford, pp. 61-2

  • The London and country cook: or, accomplished housewife
  • Subjects: cookery, housekeeping, roasting, confectionary, wine, medicine,

    • 1. The London and country cook: or, accomplished housewife, containing practical directions and the best receipts in all the branches of cookery and housekeeping; . . . such as roasting . . . confectionary . . . English wines; interspersed with many sovereign and approved medicines, used by private families . . . revised and much improved by a gentlewoman. etc. 3rd ed.
      London: printed for Charles Hitch, Stephen Austen and John Hinton   1749
      2.0 cm.   vii, 363 p. frontis. pls.  
      GB:   LeU(B)*  
      US:   KMK   MWelC   NYPL  

      1. The date is misprinted in NUCat. as '1799'.
      2. The 49 plates are the same as those used by the author in a previous work; see CARTER, Charles, The compleat city and country cook.
      3. The LeU(B) copy is inscribed: 'Elizabeth Griffith Her Booke 1750'.

      Oxford, p. 77


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