Item #9784 A New System of Domestic Cookery. 'A Lady', Maria Eliza Ketelby Rundell.
A New System of Domestic Cookery

A New System of Domestic Cookery

London, John Murray, 1828.
Second-hand hardcover

'A Lady' A New System of Domestic Cookery. (New Edition) John Murray: London, 1828. 8vo (165x100mm) half bnd tan calf, gilt lettered & dec spine, marbled bds, [2],liv,456pp; frontispiece & 9 engraved plates. VG/-



'A Lady' [Maria Eliza Ketelby Rundell (1745-1828)]

A New System of Domestic Cookery; formed upon principles of economy: and adapted to the use of private families. By a Lady. A New Edition, Corrected.

London : John Murray, Albermarle-Street, 1828. Printed by C. Roworth, Bell Yard, Temple Bar.

Octavo, (165x100mm) half bound, tan calf, spine gilt lettered, ruled and decorated in six compartments, marbled boards, [2 incl engraved frontispiece entitled 'Domestic Cookery'],liv,plates i -ix with index and duplicate plate vi illustrating cuts of meat, carving and trussing (plates vi & vii, not bound in their correct place), 456pp. 

Faint edge-wear to boards, very light, even age-toning and foxing throughout, a few very small signs of kitchen use; corners faintly bruised; t.e trifle dusty.  Laid in, in the chapter on pork, a small neatly handwritten note on Paxton & Whitfield, wholesale & retail provision merchants letterhead:


" Mar 15th [19]39 Madam, I suspect the bacon was too salt & have sent you another piece which I hope you will find milder.  Some pigs take the salt more than others, which [?] otherwise it would be tainted. Should you at any time wish to make it mild, this can can be done by dipping the rashers in very hot water just before cooking & dry on a cloth it does not impair the bacon. I thank you for returning it and I am sending it on to the curers. I am enclosing a piece of Double Gloucester which is very good, the colour does not make any difference to the the taste as it is done by adding vegetable colouring.  I shall be glad to know your opinions of this piece piece of bacon which is sent in exchange."


First published anonymously (as was the fashion) in 1805, when Rundell was 62, A New System was a popular success and was promptly reprinted a number of times until the 1860s.  Noted for its practical and sensible outlook,  A New System addressed the need for the emerging middle classes in the late Georgian period for a manual for household management.  This edition was published shortly after a protracted legal dispute between the author and publisher over the proceeds of sale (which Rundell had originally disavowed in the preface) which was ultimately resolved by John Murray buying the copyright for future editions; later editions included contributions from other authors.


An excellent early copy of a practical and sensible work that was evidently in use in at least one household until the mid-twentieth century.


§ OCLC records only one copy this edition, British Library.

§ Axford p.297; Bitting p.410; Cagle 971-977; Oxford p.135; Simon BG 1319-1332; Vicaire 812; all other printings.

Item #9784

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