Delightes for Ladies - Sir Hugh PlatLondon: Crosby Lockwood & Son, 1948, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned at the spine and a touch edgeworn. Age-toning to the lining papers.
Includes: Facsimiles; Glossary; Frontispiece;
From the cover: “With this intriguing title one of the earliest, if not the first, cookery and household recipe book in England was published in 1602 under the authorship of Sir Hugh Plat. Since then thousands of such books have been published, while Delightes for Ladies has become a rare book, difficult to obtain. Now we republish it not only for the domestic interest of its recipes, but also for the light it throws upon the life of our Elizabethan forbears and the possibility that we may be able to use some of the simpler and less recondite recipes for the zest they may add to our plain wholesome diet, and their health-giving properties, and the sheer amusement of making the things — quite aside from the real fun of reading the book as it was written by Sir Hugh Plat so long ago.
Mr. Fussell is well-known as an historian and bibliographer and has admirably succeeded in the scholarly and entertaining way in which he introduces Sir Hugh Plat’s background and, aided by his wife, has produced a most charming sketch of Elizabethan country house management.
As a gift or bedside book we think that Delightes for Ladies has unusual qualities. It brings back the easy spaciousness of Elizabethan life in the most intriguing form.”
Foreword or introduction by G. E. Fussell & Kathleen Rosemary Fussell. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Red boards with Silver titling to the Spine. (xvi) 106 pages.