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Carleton House
92 Malone Road
Belfast
BT9 5HP
Contact Peter Rowan
Telephone 02890 666448
Specialists Ireland, Irish History & Culture, Manuscripts, Maps, Literature, Economics, Sciences, History of Ideas, Travel, Rare Books in all fields (15th to 20th Centuries)
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Stand F02

16th - 17th CENTURY RECIPES

PARTRIDGE, John]

The Treasury of Hidden Secrets, Commonly called The Good-huswives Closet of provision, for the health of her Houshold. Gathered out of sundry experiments, lately practised by men of great knowledge: And now newly inlarged with divers necessary Physick helps, and knowledge of the names and disposition of diseases, that most commonly happen to Men and Women. Not impertinent for every good Huswife to use in her House, amongst her own Family., London: Printed by Jane Bell 1653

4to. [72]pp. printed mostly in black-letter, collation A-I4, professionally lightly washed and resized, archival tissue repairs to most gutter margins and parts of edges, some minor stains and some pages dust darkened, a few closed tears (no loss) with archival tissue repairs, tiny loss to top corner of last leaf with loss of a couple of letters of text (no loss of sense). Very rare. Preserved in a modern marbled clam-shell folding case with a cherry morocco title label on its 'spine'.

Note
WING P628 ESTC r32307 locates copies in only in B.L., and Universities of Glasgow , Liverpool & Wisconsin-Madison
John Partridge (fl. 1566–1582) is a shadowy figure but he had published two works of verse and a couple of other minor items before the first of his two household books The Treasurie of Commodious Conceits, & Hidden Secrets was published in 1573. He followed this in 1582 (or 1585?) with with The Widowes Treasure. Both of these proved popular and were several times reprinted in the sixteenth century and early seventeenth centuries. A major portion of the The Treasuries is comprised of culinary recipes whereas The Widowes Treasure, although somewhat similar, is more more medical.
This 1653 edition of The Treasury is the last and is prefixed by a dedication "To all Women that love and professe the practice of good huswifery, as well Wives and Maids". That dedication is signed "I. W. Printer", that is John Windet, who was the printer of the 1608 edition. This edition is not a reissue of that 1608 edition but Windet informs us that he had reorganized the order of the material in the book. Following that is a short verse by Partridge dedicating the book to an anonymous lady who had "earnestly requested, or rather commanded" him to first publish it.
ESTC records the following editions of The Treasurie, or The Treasury, all London published, and the recorded locations
1573 The Treasurie Huntington
1584 The Treasurie B.L., Harvard
1584 The Treasury Oxford, Huntington
1586 The Treasury B.L.
1591 The Treasurie Oxford, Memorial Univ.
1596 The Treasurie U.S. Libr. of Medicine
1600 The Treasurie B.L., Ox., Bristol, Folger, Wisconsin, N.Y.P.L. (def.)
1608 The Treasurie Glasgow (cropped)
1627 The Treasurie (ptd. by J. Wright) Welcom (def.), Duke Univ., U.S. Libr. Medicine.
1627 The Treasurie (ptd. for EB & RB) Ox, Folger, Harvard, U.S. Libr. Medicine
1633 The Treasurie Cambridge (x2), Oxford (x2), Huntington
1637 The Treasurie B.L., Cambridge, Duke Univ.
1653 The Treasury B.L. (defective), Glasgow, Liverpool, Wisconsin
The last copy of any edition to appear at auction was a copy of this 1653 edition which appeared at Sotheby's in 1982, disbound, headline of F4 defective, which fetched £100.
£7,000