The Cuisine: Household Cooking Recipes, Prepared Under the Supervision of Charles Copeland, Confectioner and General Caterer.

Boston: Alfred Mudge & Sons, Printers, 34 School Street, 1872.

Octavo (22.5 x 14.5 cm.), [[6], 203, [5] pages. Advertisements (some illustrated) on interleaved unnumbered pages. ~ Evident FIRST EDITION. A second, anonymous edition of Copeland's The Cuisine, was published (with advertisements) concurrently with this credited edition. Beside lacking the author's name, it was one third shorter, and was employed as a promotional vehicle for the home furnishings importer Nathaniel C. Stearns (others used the text as well). ~ An instructional reference with more than four hundred recipes weighted decidedly towards the upmarket. Occasional nods in the guise of Poor Man's Sauce and Economist's Pudding are simply lost amidst the dressings and gravies for Roast Goose, Saddle of Mutton, and Broiled Partridges. A restaurateur's repertory of condiments and relishes is plainly in evidence – Halford Sauce; Oyster Ketchup; Horseradish Vinegar; Sauce à la Maître d'Hotel; Walnut Ketchup – as is, too, a confectioners delight in baked goods that require orange-flower water, sugar of lemons, or wafer paper. Standing out among the puddings is a Chartreuse of Apples that likely originates in Louis Eustache Ude's The French Cook (first American edition Philadelphia: Carey, Lea and Carey, 1828). ~ Copeland, whose eponymous establishment on Tremont Row was "among the best restaurants" according to several 1870s editions of Appleton's travel guide. The confectionery Copeland & Sons had been a Boston fixture from 1839; the two restaurants called Charles Copeland's, at 4 Tremont Row and 128 Tremont Street, evolved later under the management of Copeland's descendants. Neither is attested after 1890. ~ Several pages dog-eared or with corners bumped. Sewn through three punched holes. Scuffing and soiling to title page. Lacking wrapper panels, though part of the spine panel remains, advertising a Piano Fortes company at 272 Washington Street. Still, surprisingly near very good. Very scarce. [OCLC locates three copies (and seven copies of the contractual (anonymous) second edition; Brown 1502 (second edition only); not in Cagle].

Price: $500.00

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