The Young Housekeeper and Dairymaids Directory: Containing the most valuable and original recipes in all the various branches of housekeeping : together with a collection of miscellaneous receipts and the whole art of making butter and cheese. By Mrs. Eliza A. Call, Fabius, Onondaga County, N.Y.

Syracuse [N.Y.]: J.G.K. Truair & Co., printers, Journal Office, 1859.

Octavo (19.5 x 12.5 cm.), 76 pages. Evident FIRST & ONLY EDITION. An unusual cookbook with a focus on dairying. The author is identified as being from Fabius, a small town in Onondaga County, New York. Historian Andrew Smith has done us the favor of providing a profile of the author. He describes her as "a 46 year old widow, who owned a farm in Fabius, a small community about twenty miles from Syracuse, New York. Dairy farming had been well established in the county. She is reported that she had been a housekeeper for 25 years". Smith goes on to describe the recipes as mostly "unremarkable... The exceptions are the seventeen pages related to milk, butter, and eggs, which comes as no surprise as Call was a dairy maid all her adult life" (Smith, "Origins of the New York State Dairy Industry" (Milk: Beyond the Dairy, Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium, 2000, page 321). The Young Housekeeper stayed in publication for at least a few years. The Genessee Farmer of 1961 advertises the book at twenty-five cents and uses the periodical’s mailing address as a contact. A short review and sample recipes appear in The Country Gentleman of 1863 and again in 1864, and in the same year in The Cultivator and in The Canada Farmer. The publisher produced just a handful of titles between 1958 and 1960, and later continued in a variety of partnerships. Text block soiled and edgeworn. Chip out of final leaf effecting the ornament, but not text, in the index. Tan wrappers soiled and worn, especially at spine, but print not effected. In custom clamshell box. Good only. Still, in any condition, a rare work. [OCLC locates two copies (NYU, Syracuse); not in Lowenstein].

Price: $900.00