[Plumptre, James].


Shewing the Respectability and Usefulness of His Calling, the Religious Considerations Arising From it, The Laws relating to it, and Various Profitable Suggestions for the Rightly Carrying it on: Designed Not Only for the Use of Butchers, But Also For Families and Readers in General. Darton, Harvey and Darton ... 1816.
1st Ed. Sm. 8vo. viii + 198pp. + [x]. Engraved frontis., 6 engraved plates. Light browning, from pp.185 onwards gradual stain to fore-edge with resultant light cracking, perforated Forbes lib. stamp to t.p., ink stamps to first page of preface, rebound in modern half calf with paper covered boards, gilt motifs and gilt lettered title label to spine, very minor signs of wear. Kress S.6198. James Plumptre (17711832) English clergyman and dramatist. He wrote plays, advocated the claims of the stage as a moral educator, and tried to improve its tone. A most interesting work on all aspects of the butchers trade, from the best breeds of various animals, purchasing, driving and slaughtering, meat preservation, medical aspects of meat eating, religious considerations, laws relating to butchery, cruelty to animals, bull baiting, etc. With a section of freezing and thawing of meat, a practice which only became commercially viable at the close of the nineteenth century.
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