Mary Whitcher's Shaker House-Keeper [caption title]. [with a Cabinet Card of Mary Whitcher].

Boston: Weeks & Potter, (1882).

Small stapled booklet, 32 pages. FIRST EDITION, first printing. "The earliest cookbook in Shaker culinary literature, and the first to give bills of fare, or menus, for each day of the week together with 150 nutritious recipes for preparing a variety of fresh, natural foods. The book was not sold but was given, in accordance with the custom of the day, to those interested in the Shaker medicines advertised therein." [Amy Bess Miller, in the introduction to the 1972 facsimile edition]. Some foxing and light stains to printed pale blue wrapper. The first printing appeared in both pale blue and salmon-colored wrappers. Near very good. Scarce. With a cabinet card photograph of Mary Whitcher by W.G.C. Kimball of Concord, NH. The photograph has a small ink inscription on the verso, "Sister Mary Whicher [sic], Canterbury, N.H." [OCLC locates twenty-two copies; Richmond, Shaker Literature 1428].

Price: $750.00

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