The Temperance Cook Book. Published by Pequonnock Lodge No. 30 [of the] International Order of Good Templars.

Bridgeport, Conn. [The Lodge], 1907.

Octavo-sized booklet (23 x 15 cm.), [24] pages. Advertisements. Date of publication from list of officers on title page. Evident FIRST EDITION. A temperance-lodge community cookbook with one hundred short, unattributed recipes; likely also an example of a contract cookbook, given the formatted title page, the absence of contributor names, and the omission of credit to a local printing house. Among the standard entries on offer: Oatmeal Cakes, Rice Muffins, Cabbage Salad, Fish Croquettes, Potato Soup, Ginger Bread, Apple Puffs. Includes the Order’s temperance pledge (page [23]). ~ An accurate count of the number of civic groups devoted to temperance and prohibition would be hard to achieve; Pequonnock No. 30 was not even the only Good Templars lodge in Bridgeport! As for the sudden need for a fundraiser – statements of purpose, of course, are seldom included – one can but point to the fact that, in 1907, the Grand Lodge of Connecticut had elected Bridgeport as the location of the next meeting of the National Grand Lodge (as per The International Good Templar 20, no. 1 [January 1907], page 93). ~ Light staining to first pages. A bit of chipping to bottom corners of the stapled wrappers, title in black; otherwise very good. Unrecorded. [OCLC locates no copies; in neither Cook, Brown, nor Cagle; it remains to be determined whether the publication history of this book overlaps with an identical title published by the Templar Lodge of Brockton, Massachusetts, bearing the same title and pagination (Brown 1328)].

Price: $250.00