Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1884; c. 1883.
Octavo (19 x 13 cm.), 536,  pages. Additional blanks. Advertisements; fifty illustrations in the text. General index (table of contents) and alphabetical index. [WITH:] Cabinet photograph (16.6 x 10.75 cm.), by Stein, Photographer, of Milwaukee Wisc., of the author in three quarter view. The verso has a manuscript annotation in an anonymous hand, "Author of the Boston Cook Book. Head of Boston Cooking School", and inscribed by the subject, "With the compliments of Mary J. Lincoln". Very slight soil, otherwise fine. ~ [The book:] FIRST EDITION, SECOND PRINTING (same year as the first), with sixteen advertisements on seven pages, rather than six on four pages. Both issues copyright 1883 but title page stating "1884". Except for the advertisements, the contents and pagination of the '84, '85, '86 and '87 printings are identical. The milestone cookbook from the first principal of the Boston Cooking School and a student of Maria Parloa. According to the preface, the work was "undertaken at the urgent request of the pupils of the Boston Cooking School, who have desired that the receipts and lessons given during the last four years in that institution should be arranged in a permanent form." Considered one of the first American cookbooks to provide scientific information about cooking and nutrition. It helped set the pattern of rational organization for cookbooks to come. Both famous and important, “this book marked a change in culinary literature. Having directed the Boston Cooking School (est. 1879) she [Lincoln] was able to arrange her material in an orderly plan, and to set it forth in plain, sensible language that housewives could understand. While it instantly became the standard kitchen companion, it had still greater effect in shaping the course of early work in domestic science in grade and normal schools. Fanny Farmer’s Cook Book is a direct outgrowth from this. The New York book stores currently display the sixth complete revision, which states on the jacket that it is the 63rd printing, and that 2,286,000 copies have been sold to date .” Number 86 of the Grolier Club One hundred influential American books printed before 1900. With twenty-one additional recipes in manuscript at the rear, including a few medicinal recipes, but mostly culinary receipts such as Fig Filling for Cake, Cornucopias, Vinegar Cookies, and Miss Kingsbury's Pineapple Cream. The interior variously soiled throughout and with wear to some fore edges; edge of dedication page trimmed; amateur repair to one leaf (pages 304/5). In half black calf over pebbled black cloth; spine gilt-titled and -compartmented. Hinges worn but holding; rubbing to corner. in a custom clamshell box. Altogether, a complete, sound and not altogether unattractive copy of a rare book (in either issue of the first printing). [Grolier Club, One Hundred Influential American Books Printed in Before 1900, page 116-117; Bitting, page 288 (1896 ed.) Cagle 478 (the first printing); Streeter 4206 (first issue); Sotheby's Crahan Sale. October 1984 (earning $2300)].