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FISHER, LYDIA   flourished 1750?-1800?


  • The prudent housewife: or, complete English cook for town and country
  • Subjects: cookery, household management, health, medicine,

    • 1. The prudent housewife: or, complete English cook for town and country . . . and, in order to render it still more valuable than any other publication that hath appeared, a treasure of valuable rnedicines (see note 1), for the care of every disorder, crowns the whole of this work. etc. [Written by Mrs Fisher of Richmond].
      London: printed by T. Sabine   [c.1750]
      18 cm.   142 p. frontis   1 sh.  
      GB:   LBL*  
      US:   DCLC   ICJ   MH  

      --4th ed. with additions. London: printed by T. Sabine, [c.1755]. LeU(B): DCLC; N NNAM
      --12th ed. London: printed by T. Sabine, [c.1758]. --: MICR
      --15th ed. London: printed by T. Sabine and Son, [c.1760]. --: NIC
      --20th ed. London: printed by Sabine and Son, [c.1760].
      --24th ed. London: printed by Sabine and Son, [c.1788]. LeU(B): MiD
      --25th ed. London: printed by T. Sabine and Son, [c.1800]. --: DNLM
      1. ln the opinion of Oxford, p. 82, 'the medical portion' is 'excellent and far above any preceding bookÓ@ 2. The only known reference for the 20th ed.(1760) edition is given in B.& G.Cat., No. 27, p. 7
      3. The 24th ed. of Mrs Fisher's The prudent housewife, or compleat English cook; etc., has the spelling 'compleat' instead of 'complete' and other changes in the title-page, together with a frontispiece of the author, who described herself as 'Late Cook & House-keeper to the Duke of Newcastle, Marquis of Rockingham, &c.--upward of 50 years'.

      Bitting, p. 159; Oxford, p. 82


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