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COMPLETE FAMILY-PIECE.. The Complete Family-Piece: and, country gentleman, and farmer's best guide. In three parts.1736

London: Printed for C. Rivington; S. Birt; T. Longman; C. Hitch; and J. Clarke, Third edition, 12mo, xii, 4, 526 pages, 60 unnumbered pages, title page rather soiled, rest of text bright and clean, later calf, lightly rubbed, leather title label to spine. The first edition of this encyclopaedic manual "aimed at country families just like the 'domestic' cookery books of the 1720s. It contained remedies for the use of charitable ladies, all sorts of receipts for cookery, confectionery, preserves, and drinks - the latter category included to help families to economize by preparing such items at home - as well as instructions for hunting, fishing, gardening and estate management." —Lehmann, The British Housewife. p. 104. Title continues: Part I. containing a... collection of above one thousand well-experienced practical family-receipts... Part II. containing, I. Full instructions to be observed in hunting, coursing, setting and shooting... II. Cautions, rules, and directions to be taken and observed in fishing; with the manner of making and preserving of rods, lines, floats, artificial flies, &c. and for chusing and preserving several sorts of curious baits. III. A full... kalendar of all work necessary to be done in the fruit, flower, and kitchen gardens... Part III. containing, practical rules, and methods, for the improving of land, and managing a farm in all its branches... [etc.]. Maclean, p.33; Bitting, p.534 (second edition), Oxford, p.66; Cagle, 628 (second edition); Vicaire, 199; Simon, BG 374; Schwerdt I, p.119 (third edition).

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