The Country Housewife and Lady's Director,

Bradley (Richard)

The Country Housewife and Lady's Director,

in the Management of a House, and the Delights and profits of a Farm. Containing instructions for managing the brew-house, and malt-liquors in the cellar; the making of wines of all forts. Directions for the dairy, in the improvement of butter and cheese upon the worst of soils; the feeding and making of brawn; the ordering of fish, fowl, herbs, roots, and all other useful branches belonging to a country-seat, in the most elegant manner for the table. Practical observation concerning distilling; with the best method of making ketchup, and many other curious and durable sauces. The whole distributed in their proper months, from the beginning to the end of the year. With particular remarks relating to the drying of kilning of Saffron. The third edition.

Description: title printed in red and black, with an engraved frontispiece, first 3 leaves after the frontispiece repaired at foot and inner margin, (not affecting text, ?lacking half-title, some damp-staining, pp. xi (but ?lacking half-title, if including the title), 187, 8vo, contemporary, or nearly contemporary half vellum (?Continental), red edges, slight loss to upper edge of lower board, good

Publication Details: Printed for Woodman and Lyon, 1728

Notes: Richard Bradley (1688-1732) was Professor of Botany at Cambridge University, though he had no academic training; neither did he have medical training, though he practised medicine on his travels in Holland. He was ever beset by money problems. This book was intended to be popular, and the style accordingly is engaging. 'The Malt of this Country [sic, i.e. Dorset] is of a pale Colour; and the best Drink of this County that I have met with to be sold, is at a small House against the Church at Blackwater ...' Maclean notes that no copy of a first edition of the present work has been recorded. Ext...more

Bibliography: (Maclean, pp. 11-13;Oxford p. 59 (note); ESTC T184839)

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Price: £1,500

Subject: Sciences

Published Date: 1728

Stock Number: 64346

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