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The family's best friend: or the whole art of cookery made plain and easy

By FAIRFAX, ARABELLA

subjects: cookery, recipes, medicine,

  • 1. The family's best friend: or the whole art of cookery made plain and easy; . . . by his Majesty's authority .... Being the result of above thirty years practice and experience; together with an attractive observation of all the books hitherto published in cookery. To which is added, . . . Dr. Mead's cure for the bite of a mad dog; and instructions for preparing such diets as are proper for sick persons. etc. 5th ed.
    London: printed for the author only   1753
    16 cm.   258 p.   2 sh sewed  
    US:   KMK*   NNNAM   NYPL  

    --another ed. London: printed for C. Henderson, [c.1755].
    1. The author had her work set in a peculiar typeface 'in order to prevent unfair Traders from reprinting, or in any wise defrauding the Author or the Publick, by publishing . . . this Book'.
    2. The 1753 work is probably either a slightly earlier edition of a book by Penelope Bradshaw using a pseudonym, or, more likely, a pirated version of it; see BRADSHAW, Penelope, The family jewel. There are certain similarities in the title-pages that seem to be more than coincidental.
    3. The only known British reference to the c.1755 work is given in B. & G.Cat., No. 27, p. 10.

    Oxford, p. 85