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Lot 356: Food & Drink.- Potatoes.- Bradley (Richard) The Compleat Fruit and Flower Gardener, 1733.

Important Books, Western Manuscripts and Works on Paper: Day Two

by Forum Auctions

16 November 2016

London, United Kingdom

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Description: Cowell (John) The Compleat Fruit and Flower Gardener, third edition, the first edition to contain 'A Discourse concerning the Improvement of the Potatoe', 4 parts in 1, folding engraved plate of the banana plant, occasional early ink underlining, title lightly browned and with short repaired tear at foot (no loss of text), some spotting or light foxing, lightly browned, a few stains, modern half calf, gilt spine in compartments and with red morocco label, [Henrey 581], 8vo, Printed for Richard Chandler, 1733. ⁂ The section on the potato is one of the first works to offer 'Proper Directions for ordering and Dressing it after various Manners for the Table'. 'Some, after they are boiled and peeled, lay them in a Pan under Roasting-Meat; and serve them up with the Meat'. The whole work, erroneously attributed to Richard Bradley on the title, also includes sections on bananas, the growing of various fruits on walls, cacti and the Glastonbury Thorn.

Notes: Category: Travel, Topography, Art and Science

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