Llanover, The Right Hon Lady Good Cookery Illustrated
Publisher: Richard Bentley, London;
Edition: 1st Edition
Date of Publication: 1867
Stock Code: 3965
FIRST EDITION. 12 mo. xii, 482 pp. Frontispiece of the "Hermit and the Traveller" plus 11 plates. Book Condition: Very Good. Maroon cloth with heavy blind foliate decoration to boards within border; gilt titles to spine. Primrose yellow endpapers with ticket of Dalton & Lucy, Booksellers to the Queen, and armorial bookplate of R Poore to front pastedown. Spine lightly sunned with small chip to head; front joint starting. Gilt dull. A little foxing to endpapers otherwise contents clean and bright. Good Cookery was the only Welsh cookery book written in the English language at this time and the tried and tested simple recipes served by Lady Llanover's personally-trained staff at Llanover House near Abergavenny form the basis of the book. Throughout her long life, Lady Llanover (1802-96) was well-known for her enthusiasm for the Welsh language, culture, literature and costume, as well as her famous hospitality and teetotal lifestyle (she closed all the pubs in Llanover and turned them into teashops!). The text is narrative in style and interspersed with insights into local history and the many interests of the Author, which included animal welfare (pp 314-5 tackles the "Evils of Artificial Fattening of Cattle") and the use of locally sourced ingredients which surprisingly included pumpkins grown in Gower. Scarce- Copac locates only 1 copy.