London: Jhon Kyngston and Thomas Dawson for John Wyght, 1580.
Early Edition. Hardcover (Full Leather). Good Condition. Item #CAT000259
Parts one and two published 1580, three and four 1578. 19th century full paneled calf, worn with surface scrapes, inner hinge split, sound otherwise; four parts in one volume, each with a separate title page. First title and last page soiled and darkened, scattered very minor foxing and staining, long repaired tear to c5 with not real loss of text, lacking Bvi in part two, old, neat manuscript copy bound in place. A few old marginal notes, some mispagination corrected, a bit of worming deep in the gutter; largely in black letter, an attractive copy overall. (6), 117, 10 leaves; 75, (5) leaves; (1), 75, (9) leaves; (15) leaves, 57pp, 59pp. Cagle 978 (1595 edition).
The 1595 is often referred to as the first collected edition of the four parts, but they were often collected like this with the two separate publishers, Kyngston (parts 1 and 2) and Wyght (3 and 4). First published in Italian in 1555, it set off a storm of translations and copy cat books of secrets that lasted over two centuries. It features the first appearance of the recipe for plates made of sugar and gum tragacanth that could be eaten off of and then eaten. Also the great medieval mulled wine Ypocras, a variety of peach, melon, lemon and cherry candies, and a dizzying array of soaps, ointments, perfumes and plague cures. Size: 8vo. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Cooking, Wine & Dining; Medicine & Health. Inventory No: CAT000259.