The Compleat Housewife: Or, Accomplish’d Gentlewoman’s Companion..


Bound in recent calf over marbled boards, with vellum strengthened corners, antique style, with spine divided into compartments by raised bands and with a contrasting title label, gilt. Some contemporary annotations and corrections, folding plates with old tears repaired, but complete. Additions to the index in early manuscript. A very good copy.



Printed for R. Ware, S. Birt, F. Longman, C. Hitch, J. Hodges, J.and J. Rivington, J. Ward, W. Johnston, and M. Cooper, London.,




Being a collection of upwards of six hundred of the most approved receipts in cookery, pastry, confectionary, preserving, pickles, cakes, creams, jellies, made wines, cordials. with copper plates curiously engraven for the regular disposition or placing the various dishes and courses. and also bills of fare for every month in the year. to which is added, a collection of above three hundred family receipts of medicines; viz. drinks, syrups, salves, ointments, and various other things of sovereign and approved efficacy in most distempers, pains, aches, wounds, sores, etc. particularly mrs. stephens's medicine for the cure of the stone and gravel, and dr. mead's famous receipt for the cure of a bite of a mad dog; with several other excellent receipts for the same, which have cured when the persons were disordered, and the salt water fail'd; never before made publick; fit either for private families, or such publick-spirited gentle-women as would be beneficent to their poor neighbours. by e. smith. the fourteenth edition. to which is now first prefixed, directions for marketing.

Item Description

Fourteenth Edition 8vo. 5 x 8 inches. frontis. + [xx] + 392 pp. + xvi pp. Illustrated with an engraved frontispiece and 6 folding plates, head and tailpiece vignettes and decorated initials.


Eliza Smith, ( fl 1727-32) first published this work in 1727, which was to become, along with Hannah Glasse's and Elizabeth Raffald's, one of the most popular of eighteenth century cookery books. It was to pass through 18 editions by 1773, and there have been numerous later reprints and facsimiles.
This edition has been considerably expanded, with the Medical Receipts expanded from 200 in earlier editions to over 300 here, and as the title proudly states 'to which is now first prefixed, Directions for Marketing'
Little is known of Eliza Smith apart from her the evidence in one of her prefaces that she had been employed for over thirty years in noble and fashionable families.

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