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[DARWIN, ANN] RAFFALD, Elizabeth.
The Experienced English Housekeeper, For the Use and Ease of Ladies, Housekeepers, Cooks, &c.

Description:
pp. 384, (xiv) Index, (ii) Advertisement. Engraved portrait frontispiece dated 1782, the year after she died, one folding plate of stove-fires. Original sheep, now worn along spine, at corners, and lower board edge, the first half of gathering 'E' misbound, one leaf with a couple of edge tears without loss, LACKING the two plates at the end of the text showing Plans of a Grand Table of Two Covers, with the facsimile printed signature of Mrs. Raffald on page 1, and the real signature of ANN DARWIN Oct 4th 1796 at the head of the title.

*Possibly ANN DARWIN [1727-1813], the fourth child of Robert Darwin and Charles Darwin's great-aunt. The signature does not really match that given by FREEMAN in Darwin Pedigrees, 1984, but given the differences in age when each of them was written, perhaps there is a link. It otherwise remains tantalisingly enigmatic.

Printed for R. Baldwin. London.

Date Published: 1786. The Tenth Edition.

Stock No. 57847

Price: 200.00

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