Cowgill Cook Book: Choice Delaware Cookery. By Dover Ladies.

[Dover, Del.:]: Thomas F. Dunn; [Printed at The Index Printery], July 1907.

Octavo (21.25 x 14.5 cm.), 47, [i] pages. “Table of Contents” is actually an index. Title from cover. Printer from rear panel of wrappers. ~ Stated second edition (at the head of the title on the cover). A community cookbook issued, according to the publisher’s preface, as a kind of salvage proposition, to preserve recipes collected by the Dover merchants James Cowgill & Son, and published “about 1883” (as printed on the front panel of the wrappers). “I have endeavored to reproduce the recipes, and every one of them,” the author of the preface clarifies, “exactly as they appeared in the original. […] I have also collected a few additional choice ones from the present residents of Dover, and have sufficient confidence in the experience and reputation of these contributors to justify the hope that they will stand the test of the most critical.” Two hundred recipes, then, some attributed if only by initial (Mrs. C., Mrs. D., and Mrs. R. winning the ribbons for generosity). Included among the entries: Orange Fritters, Apples à la Religieuse, Pickled Oysters, Pumpkin Custard, French Puffs, Clabber (sour milk) Muffins, Timber Wheels, Turbot à la Crema, Turtle Bean Soup, Rice Soup (with wine and walnut catsup), Sponge Ginger Cake, Blackberry Cordial. ~ Thomas Francis Dunn (d. 1919) was the publisher of the Dover Index, a weekly newspaper founded by his father that had competed successfully in Dover since 1887. Copies of the cookbook that caught his attention do not appear to have survived; if his estimate of the date of publication is held to be accurate, it would presumably have been compiled by the son in the firm’s name, Albert Cowgill (1829-1906) – as James Cowgill himself (1802-1879) had died four years before the proposed date. It is reasonable to guess that Dunn and Cowgill the younger were acquainted, and that the second edition of the Cook Book stood as a memorial to the man who had died only a year before its publication. ~ Interior bright and clean, with slight wear to the fore-edges. In publisher’s faded light green crêpe with deckle edges, titled in black; edges – almost yaps, extend over the text block and are worn as a result, otherwise very good. Scarce. [OCLC locates one copy (and no copies of “the original” cited in the publisher’s preface); neither book in Bitting, Cook, Brown, or Cagle].

Price: $300.00