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Countrey Contentments In Two Bookes The First Containing...

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The very scarce first edition of Gervase Markham's seventeenth century household guide. Being Markham's best-known work, 'The English Huswife' section contains the fist published recipe for Banbury Cake. Rebound, in a smart John P Graty and Son binding of Cambridge. This work was a bestseller of its time and went through nine editions, and further reprints before the end of the century. It forms of two parts, 'Countrey Contentments' and 'The English Husewife'. A second volume was issued later, 'The Husbandmans Recreations'. Scarce in any edition, this first edition copy is infrequently found. With separate pagination to the second part, with a continuous register. ESTC no. S112047 Collated, To the first part this is lacking P4, which was a blank. Lacking text leaves S2, Y2, Bb2 & Hh1 which are to the the second part. The first part is not lacking any text. Written by Gervase Markham, an English poet and writer. He was the third son of Sir Robert Markham and was a soldier of fortune in the Low Countries. He is regarded as the first to import the Arabian horse to England. There is a chapter to this work on horse breeding which is an abridged version of his 1606 work 'How to Chuse Ride, Traytne and Dyet, Both Hunting Horses and Running Horses' which was an enlarged edition of his 'Discource of Horsmanshippe'. This work is dedicated to Sir Theodore Newton and is believed to be the first published recipe for Banbury cake (Cc2). To the preface Markham denies writing the recipes but admits to adapting the recipes to 'suit the fashions of the day' with sweet and sour sauces that were in vogue at the time. There are also many remedies to this work for ailments such as 'stinking breath which cometh from the stomach' or 'pimpled or red saucy face'. A fascinating seventeenth century household guide and a scarce opportunity to own the first edition. Condition: In a quarter morocco binding with paper covered boards. Externally, smart with just some light shelfwear to the joints and extremities. Internally, firmly bound. Tape repair to P3 at the fore-edge. Work is closely cropped affecting the printed margin notations and the catchwords and signatures at times. Chips to page edges, mean that the printed notations to the margins are damaged through most of the work. Tape repairs to 17-26 of the second part and to 115-end of the second part at the fore edge. Pages are generally bright. Tidemarks and handling marks to the page edges, only affecting the margins. The occasional spots to pages. Overall Condition: Good Only
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