Springfield, Ohio: Mast, Crowell & Kirkpatrick, ; 1890.
Octavo, stapled in wrappers (19 x 14 cm.), 320 pages. Illustrated throughout with engravings and decorative chapter heads. FIRST EDITION THUS; Special Subscriber Issue. A subtitle on the wrapper states, "Farm & Fireside Library, published monthly by Mast Crowell & Kirkpatrick. March 1894, Double Number 108. Subscription Price $3.00 per year". Originally copyrighted and issued in 1890. A cookbook issued by the publishers of the popular Home Companion magazine (originally issued as Home, in 1872). Included are recipes, samples of menus, a glossary of cooking terms, suggestions on carving meat, household hints, and "Practical Suggestions to Young Housekeepers" by Christine Irving. The author's husband was the first general editor of the magazine, and the nephew of Phineas P. Mast. Text block age-toned; some pulling at staples. In a remarkable color illustrated wrapper, with only a hint of rubbing to the corners. Otherwise fine. In a custom brown cloth clamshell box. Rare. [OCLC locates no copies of this subscribers issue (and fourteen copies of the 1890 issue); Bitting, page 261; not in Cagle].