London, England: Printed for Robert Cadell, et al, 1831. A New Edition. Leather. Very Good. Item #27134
xxiii + 514 + (1) page double-column poem,"Farewell to the Reader" + (8) pages of Caddell's publisher's announcements. With the half title & a useful index; the author's Preface to the seventh edition adds the line-title & page numbers for new receipts and notes that not much has been necessary to add to the revised third edition (with that Preface here as well). William Kitchiner (1778 - 1827) British epicure and writer, whose "... inheritance permitted him to enjoy, and to write extensively on, those three arts which most pleased him: music, gastronomy, and optics, and these interests were also represented in his library...The most famous of Kitchiner's numerous cookery books, The Cook's Oracle, first appeared in 1817 and went through many editions, even after his death. It was written in a down-to-earth style, and demonstrated Kitchiner's familiarity with the entire process, from shopping, through preparing and serving the dishes, to cleaning up. It was an acknowledged source of inspiration for Mrs Beeton, and was mined by the writers of other household guides..." (Anita McConnell in the ODNB) Volume approx. 4 3/4" x 7 3/4" size; bound in marbled paper covered boards, red leather corners and spine; spine with gilt titles & star & flower ornaments; marbled endpapers to match; top edge gilt. Some edge, tips wear and rubbing & scraping to the binding; in very good condition.