Author: D. Hughson [pseud. David Pugh]
Publisher: London, W. Pritchard & J. Bysh, 1817
or Universal Repository of Domestic Economy...in all the braches of cookery, medicine, confectionery, pastry, brewing, distilling, pickling, preserving, perfumery, dyeing, gilding, painting, varnishing, agriculture, farriery, gardening, hunting, fishing, fowling &c &c...with specifications of approved patent medicines...and numerous successful improvements in the ornamental and useful arts...
First edition. Frontispiece (rather browned)engraving of Truth pointing to the light of Philosophy.
Folio, contemporary calf with gilt borders, skilfully rebacked in sympathetic style calf with spine decorated in gilt with gilt lettering. Pp. 384. Text in double column. Some spotting and wear to first and last leaves but generally a very good copy.
A truly remarkably book with recipes for Fine French Bread, Prime Irish Usquebaugh (an alcoholic cordial), essence of American Spruce for making beer, “Spruce Beer from the process adopted by the famous Captain Cook”, Best Brunswick Sausages, Manner of destroying caterpillars on Gooseberry Bushes in Scotland, “French Citizens’ Soup’, Sir John Hill’s Specific for the Scurvy, To dress a turtle after the West India manner’, diet drink for Ricketts, French Fricassee of Frogs, Turkish method of filtering water by Ascension, successful treatment of frozen limbs by the Russians, easy manner of always obtaining sufficient supplies of fresh water at sea, genuine Indian method of cooking a curry, art of manufacturing the fine red and yellow morocco leather as practised in Crim Tartary, genuine method of making Cheshire Cheese etc.
Hughson (c. 1760s – 1820s), which may have been a pen name of Edward Pugh, was a writer on the topography and history of London. He produced a description of the city based on "an actual perambulation" that was published in six volumes between 1805 and 1809 and contains 150 copper plate engravings principally based on illustrations by Robert Blemmell Schnebbelie and Edward Gyfford. He also produced works on topical matters such as the East India Company, religious subjects, and works of household management targeted at people of the "middling and genteel ranks of life".