Valuable Cooking Receipts.

New York: George W. Harlan, 19 Park Place, 1881 [©1880].

Sextodecimo, (17.5 x 13.5 cm.), 128 pages. Index. Second printing, following the original issue of 1880. Author's first book, followed by the series of single-subject books for which the author is recognized, published by Frederick Stokes. Murrey was the caterer of New York's Astor House and Philadelphia's Continental Hotel. The book is an amalgam of recipes for familiar New York and Philadelphia hotel fare, intermixed with articles pulled from various sources on subjects including baking powder, the glory of salads, why European versions of pies are inferior to the American, and a fabulous story of a meal of smoked shad, roast rump of salt beef, boiled potatoes, parsnip salad, home-made cheese, cold johnny-cake and acorn coffee, had while hunting in northwestern Minnesota, in the home of an old Down-East Yankee. Seeing that the meal lacked a salad, Murrey repaired to the woods, where he assembled a salad of dandelions, dock-leaves, milk-weed tips, and wild chives. Henceforth the displaced Yankee called Murrey "Weedeater". Later in the book, he lists these and other weeds, including fat hen, ox-tongue, jack-by -the-hedge, sea-holly, sea beet, shepherd's purse, sow thistle, hawk-weed, stinging nettle, willow herb, pile-wort, Solomon's seal, lamb's quarter, and others, stating these weeds, "once known... would be much sought after" (page 97). Also included are sections on table etiquette, banquets, and a collection of historical menus, "to show progress in the art of constructing menus in the last thirty years". A bit of age-toning to text block; small water stain to panel of gilt-titled green cloth. Very good. Scarce. [OCLC locates five copies of second printing, and four copies of the 1880 first printing; Bitting, page 337 (wrappered issue of the first printing); Brown, page 161 (later printing); not in Cagle].

Price: $120.00