The English House-Wife (1631)

Gervase Markham

The English House-Wife, Containing the inward and outward Vertues which ought to be in a complete Woman. As her skill in Physicke, Surgery, Cookery, Extraction of Oyles, Banqueting Stuffe, Ordering of Great Feasts, Preserving of all Sorts of Wines…. London. Printed by Nicholas Okes for Iohn Harrison, and are to be sold at his shop at the signe of the golden Unicorne in Pater-noster Row, 1631. That lovely title begins a wonderful book. First published in Shakespeare's lifetime; this seems to be the earliest copy on the market at the moment. I will be bringing some other old cookery books to the fair; please get in touch if there are titles you are specifically looking for.

Published: Harrison

Date: 1631

Fourth edition. 4to. A6 (-A1) B-Q8 R6. Woodcut printer’s device to title. Woodcut head-pieces and initials. Modern calf. STC 17353 (also issued as part 3 of STC 17396); Bitting p.309 (note); Oxford pp.15-16; Simon, BG, 1005; Poynter 34.5.


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