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MACIVER, SUSANNA   flourished 1773-1790?


  • Cookery and pastry
  • Subjects: cookery, pastry, training,

    • 1. Cookery and pastry. As taught and practised by Mrs. Maciver, teacher of those arts in Edinburgh.
      Edinburgh: printed for the author at her house, Stephen Law's close, back of the City-guard.   Sold by her, at her house, Stephen Law's close, back of the City-guard.   1773
      [2 sh. 6 d.]  

      --another ed. Edinburgh: printed for the author, and sold by her, 1774. --: NYPL
      --2nd ed. Edinburgh: printed for the author, and sold by her, 1777. AUL: MH
      --3rd ed. Edinburgh: printed for the author, 1782. ENLS; LWML; LeU(B): NIC; NYPL
      --4th ed. Edinburgh: printed for C. Elliot, and G. Robinson, 1784. ENLS; GPL(M); LBL: DCLC; OrU
      --a new ed. Edinburgh: printed for C. Elliot [at Edinburgh] and for G. G. & J. Robinson [at London], 1787. CUL; ENLS; OBL: NPV
      --a new ed. with additions. London: printed for C. Elliot [at Edinburgh] and for T. Kay [at London], 1789. DoCL; GUL; LeU(B): KMK;NjP; OrU
      --a new ed. with additions. Edinburgh: printed by D. Schaw and Co., 1800. LBL: FTaSU
      1. Mrs Susanna Maciver and her colleague Mrs Frazer ran one of the few schools of cookery for ladies in Edinburgh. After Mrs Maciver's death (c.1790), the school was continued by Mrs Frazer alone; see under earlier entry: FRAZER, [----] [Mrs], The practice of cookery, which is clearly based on Mrs Maciver's book. For further infor

      Bitting, p. 299; Oxford, p. 106

  • A new and experimental treatise on cookery, pastry, etc
  • Subjects: cookery, pastry, training,

    • 1. A new and experimental treatise on cookery, pastry, etc. as taught and practised by Mrs. Maciver, teacher of those arts in Edinburgh.
      Edinburgh: printed for and by the author and by Drummond, Gray and Elliot.   Sold by the author and by Drummond, Gray and Elliot.   1773
      2 sh. 6 d  

      1. The only known reference to this title is given in Scots Mag., vol. 35 (Dec. 1773), p. 654, which also gives the price. In the present compiler's opinion, this was a forward announcement for a book which never appeared under the advertised title. Mrs. Maciver could have been told that her book would achieve very poor sales with a main title which began with such daunting words as 'A new and experimental treatise', when her proposed subject was the homely one of cookery. It is more than probable, therefore, that she simply ordered a new title-page for the same contents, and sold her work as the Ist ed. of 'Cookery and pastry'. In short-this entry is a discarded title for the only book which Mrs Maciver ever wrote, with the price she had already fixed being retained for the 1st ed. of the previous entry, where it is given in square brackets. It is interesting to note that Mrs Maciver retained personal control of the sales of her book for several years.


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