Modern domestic cookery, and useful receipt book, adapted for families in the
middling and genteel ranks of life ... Enlarged and improved by D. Hughson,
M.D. with specifications of approved patent medicines... New York: Thomas Kinnersley,
1829. 8vo (22.2 cm, 8.75"). Add. engr. t.-p., 352 pp.; 7 plts. [with,
as issued] Buchan,
William. The domestic
medicine; or, a treatise on the knowledge, prevention, and cure of the most
acute diseases ... with advice to mothers, in promoting the health, strength,
and beauty of their offspring.... To which is annexed, the family receipt book,
and domestic repository. By D. Hughson, M.D. and others. New York: T. Kinnersley,
. 8vo. 224, –360, xii, iv pp.
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Originally published as The Housekeeper's Instructor; or, Universal
Family Cook in London, 1791, this copy of Modern Domestic Cookery
first American edition (despite
the additional engraved title-page dated 1828, the work was printed in the following
year). With it is Buchan's Domestic Medicine, one of the best-selling
medical books in America in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, which adds
general information on preventing and treating disease for both children and
adults, and in addition a brief section on “The Art of Carving.”
The indices for both Domestic Cookery and Domestic Medicine are
bound in at the back of the volume.
Henderson's recipes assume a working familiarity with the late 18th-century kitchen,
expecting the reader to know how to draw and singe chickens properly, and calling for
ingredients such as carp's blood. Boiled chicken(s) served with hogs' tongues, cauliflower, and
spinach is recommended as “a good dish for a large company.” In contrast, Buchan's enduringly
popular, oft-printed medical guide (first published in 1769) is aimed at those without much prior
knowledge of the subject: Directions on inoculating children against smallpox go into great
detail, including a procedure for introducing the infectious matter without making a wound in the
skin, for those too inexperienced or squeamish to make a cut.
For POST-1820 AMERICANA,
Front pastedown with “return [this book] duly” bookplate with
gift inscription to Lizzie E. Evans by her aunt Margaret Wornell, dated 1865.
Henderson: Bitting 224; Lowenstein 124; Shoemaker 38961. This ed. mentioned in Cagle &
Stafford 353; not in Brown, Culinary Americana. Buchan: Shoemaker 37975.
Publisher's half sheep and ribbon-embossed tan cloth (Krupp style Gt6), spine with gilt-stamped
leather title-label and gilt-stamped band decorations; binding rubbed overall, spine leather
scuffed with small cracks, cloth chipped or peeling at edges with areas of discoloration. Hinges
(inside) cracked, text block pulling away from spine. Front pastedown with bookplate as above;
front free endpaper and fly-leaf with pencilled ownership inscriptions. Frontispiece bound in at
p. 48; “first course” and “second course” plates bound in prior to their proper places in “The Art
of Carving” at the back of Domestic Medicine. Mild to moderate foxing/spotting, occasional
offsetting; about 20 leaves in Domestic Medicine browned. As are many examples of this work,
this was clearly both read and cherished. (27393)
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