Household Books Published in Britain: all volumes

The universal cook, and city and country housekeeper


subjects: carving, food preparation,

  • 1. The universal cook, and city and country housekeeper . . . bills of fare . . . and proper subjects for the improvement of the art of carving, elegantly engraved on fourteen copper-plates.
    London: printed by R. Noble for J. Scatcherd and J. Whitaker   1792
    22 cm.   451 p. frontis. pls.  
    GB:   ENLS*   GUL   LBL  
    US:   KMK   MCR   NIC  

    --2nd ed. London: printed for J. Scatcherd, 1797. --: MB
    --3rd ed. London: printed by C. Whittingham for J. Scatcherd, [?1792].
    1. Lyle Cat., No. 3 [1976], states that the 1792 ed. is a 'well printed book by the chefs of the Crown and Anchor Tavern in the Strand, a notable London dining-house with a banqueting room which could take 2,500 people, and was consequently the scene of many famous gatherings, such as Charles James Fox's 2,000 strong birthday party . . . it was also the meeting place of the Royal Society Club'.
    2. See Vicaire, p. 189, for the French edition of the 1792 work.
    3. For an abridged version of the 2nd edition (1797) see under later entry: WILLIAMS, T., The accomplished housekeeper.
    4. The only known reference to this 3rd ed. is Maggs Bros. Cat., No. 645, p. 101, where the date of publication is given as '1792', which must be an error.

    Bitting, pp. 94-5; Oxford, pp. 120-1