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The Cook's Own Book: Being a Complete Culinary Encyclopedia: Comprehending All Valuable Receipts for Cooking Meat, Fish, and Fowl, and Composing Every Kind of Soup, Gravy, Pastry, Preserves, Essences, &c
Boston: Munroe and Francis, 1832. First Edition, 1st Printing. Leather. Very Good -. First Edition, 1st Printing. Leather. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Title contiues: "That Have Been Published or Invented During the Last Twenty Years. Particularly the Very Best of Those in the Cook's Oracle, Cook's Dictionary, and other Systems of Domestic Economy. With Numerous Oiginal Receipts, and a Complete System of Confectionery. By a Boston Housekeeper. Alphabetically Arranged." A very scarce, true first printing without the later 37 page pastry supplement, no mention of Lyman Thurston & Co. on the copyright page, and 1832 showing as both the printing and copyright date. (see Cagle & Stafford 447-8, and Lowenstein 160-1) Complete. Pagination, [i-iii] iv-xxxi [xxxii-xxxiii] xxxiv-xxxv [xxxvi] 1-300, differs slightly from Cagle & Stafford as pages xxxii-xxxiii and 1 are unnumbered. Sound binding. Front hinge sound; no rear free endpaper. Owner's name on flyleaf and inside rear cover. Clipped recipes pasted to the front endpapers and flyleaf. Lower third of the title page is scuffed and thinned with three tiny holes. Occasional light foxing. Cover has some wear; original spine label is in nice shape. "The first alphabetically arranged culinary encyclopedia in America. . . [and] one of the most popular cookbooks of 19th century America. It went through at least a dozen printings before 1865." (from "Feeding America," MSU Libraries).
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