The Ladies' New Book of Cookery: a Practical system for private families in town and country; with directions for carving, and arranging the table for parties, etc. Also, preparations of food for invalids and children. Fifth edition.

New York: H. Long & Brother, 1852.

Octavo (19 x 13.5 cm.), xv, [1], 474, [2] pages. Illustrated. Index. Title on engraved title: Mrs. Hale's New Book of Cookery and Complete Housekeeper; spine title: Mrs. Hale's New Cook Book. FIRST EDITION, second or third printing. Though styled "Fifth Edition" on the title page, Cagle calls this "First edition, probable second printing, New York, 1852" stating that "all copies published in 1852 are styled either third or fifth edition." Contradicting Cagle, we have seen a copy with no edition indicated. Some copies contained publisher's advertisements, which this does not. Lacking front free endpaper; light foxing throughout. In publisher's original gilt- and blind-stamped dark brown cloth. Some soiling, rubbing and edgewear to cloth, otherwise near very good. With the pencil ownership signature of "L.B. Fisk" to preliminary blank and two handwritten recipes – "After-thought Pudding" and Corn Cakes, Mrs. Howard" – in pencil to rear blank. Scarce. [OCLC locates forty-four copies; Bitting, page 209; Cagle 311; Lowenstein 554].

Price: $350.00

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