Book of Recipes. Arranged by The Ladies of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.

Bridgeport, Conn. The Joyce & Sherwood Co. Printers, Binders, and Publishers, 1906.

Octavo (22.75 x 15.5 cm.), [ii], 104 pages. Advertisements. Cover title: Book of Choice Receipes [sic]. Place of publication from cover. Photograph of St. Vincent’s Hospital on title-page verso. Evident FIRST EDITION. A charitable anthology, assembled as a “souvenir cook book and program” in support of the Harvest Festival of October 1906. The Ladies of Charity Book of Recipes represents something of a feat of threefold purposefulness: a grateful accounting of the legion of volunteers, an acknowledgment of corporate sponsorship, and a still generous offering of two hundred recipes. Warranting attention: Tomato Marmalade (with ginger), Creamed Walnuts (with nutmeg), St. Cadmus Puffs (baked in an iron-drop pan), Rice and Apple Pudding (the apples stuffed whole), Currant Meringue Pie (with fresh berries). ~ The earliest and largest presence in the United Sates of the venerable Vincentian orders, dedicated to care of the indigent, is in Missouri, where it was welcomed in 1847 by the Basilica of St. Louis, the first cathedral west of the Mississippi. But the lay order known as the Ladies of Charity established chapters, many still active, in Knoxville, Milwaukee, and Washington, D.C., among others. That in Bridgeport allied with St. Vincent’s Hospital (now Medical Center), the beneficiary of proceeds from the festival documented here. ~ Stapled in tan wrappers, titled in black; with a light stain to the spine and a bit of edgewear; otherwise very good. Scarce. [OCLC locates two copies; not in Cook, Brown, or Cagle].

Price: $150.00