The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy

The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy
Adopted for Conservation by
John H. Dick
on January 13, 2014
The art of cookery made plain and a lady.

The art of cookery made plain and easy : which far exceeds any thing of the kind yet published ... : to which are added, by way of appendix, one hundred and fifty new and useful receipts, and a copious index

London: Printed for W. Strahan, J. and F. Rivington ..., 1770.

The art of cookery made plain and a lady.
by Hannah Glasse. London, 1770.
Hannah Glasse first published her cookbook in 1747; intended for domestic servants and the common cook, rather than the "high style" recipes for professional chefs that had previously dominated the subject, it became the most popular cookbook through the rest of the 18th century and beyond. This copy of the 1770 edition was owned by James Smithson, a British gentleman-scientist and the Institution's founder, who noted his favorite recipes on the back paste-down.

Condition and Treatment: 

A contemporary full sheep tight-back binding with a red leather stamped label. The leather shows signs of deterioration.  Most of the cords attaching the front and back boards are broken, and the leather is cracked at the joints; the back end-paper is tearing.  The head-band is detached at the head of the spine. Consolidate the text-block and repair the tear to the endpaper with Japanese paper. Re-back the volume with leather and reinforce the inner hinges with Japanese paper.  While the covers are off re-attach the head-band re-sewing it into the text-block.

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Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future