1776-1876. The Centennial Cook Book and General Guide. (Illustrated.) Practical receipts, in four parts, embracing modern cookery ...

Philadelphia: J.B. Myers, Publishers, 1876.

Octavo (19 x 13 cm.), vi, 403, [1] pages. Illustrated with numerous engravings in the text and on plates; decorated initials begin each section. Index divided by section. FIRST EDITION. Issued on the occasion of the American centennial, and containing both a cookbook and a guide to Philadelphia's sites for visitors to the events. Contents include cookery, medical recipes, child care, farming, and household recipes, followed by a guide to the fair. This final section is heavily illustrated with engravings of the sites, and depicting notable moments in Philadelphia history. The publisher later issued the book with a new title, The Family Cook Book and General Guide. Text block a bit shaken, hinges started. Ink ownership mark to title page. In brown publisher's cloth, blind decorated and gilt-decorated and titled (including a debossed image of Washington on the rear board). Rear gutter split, though hinge holding. Board soiled and scuffed. Bottom of spine lacking one-half inch strip of cloth. Good only. [OCLC locates eleven copies; Bitting, page 337-8 (recording the later issue with the Family Cook Book title; and stating that the date is drawn from [page vi]; in this first edition, there is no date present here, at the end of the preface); not in Cagle].

Price: $150.00

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