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The Servant's Companion; or Practical Housemaid's and Footman's Guide

By William Bloomfield

c1860

J. R. Blonsell : London

6.5" by 4.5"

[3], 4-32pp

 

 

 

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A scarce first edition of this collection of advice including rare and unusual wine recipes intended for housekeepers and footmen during the Victorian era, written by the experienced footman and waiter, William Bloomfield.

The first edition of this work. A scarce work and sought after due to the unusual recipes for wine. A primary source for this. Undated, dated from Copac from a copy held at the British Library. The register for this work runs as [A4], B12. Collated from Copac, complete. An extremely scarce work, not in Cagle, Vicaire, Oxford, Maclean or Bitting. The only copies on Copac are held at Legal Deposit libraries Oxford University and the British Library. Containing advice on cleaning, such as cleaning glasses, cleaning to preserve gilding, cleaning carpets, and cleaning a variety of materials. Other advice include advice on clarifying, restoring, and improving wines and clarets, and general advice of managing wine. Also discussing making india glue, making cherry brandy, making matches, how to make starch from potatoes, how to restore flowers, with a variety of recipes for many types of wine, including gooseberry, mulberry, damson, English port, grape, and more. Written by William Bloomfield, who worked as a footman for several respectable families, and was also the Head Waiter at the York House Hotel in Bath. Prior owner's ink inscription to the verso of the title page, 'Elizabeth Finch her Book, 6th August 1840, Winchcombe'. The first edition of this scarce advice work for housekeepers and footmen.

CONDITION

Disbound. Externally, generally smart. Outer leaves are discolored with some spotting, heavier to the title page. Small ink mark to the tail of the title page. One inch of the binding string is loose to the spine. Internally, generally firmly bound. with the lower stitching on the textblock being a little loose. Pages are age-toned and generally clean with some spots. Light edgewear to the textblock. Prior owner's ink inscription to the verso of the title page. Ink mark to page 3.

Overall Condition: Very Good

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