Price 10 cents. One Hundred New and Original Aunt Priscilla of New Bedford.

New York: Published by Rand Sea Moss Farine Co., 81 Beekman Street; E.S. Dodge, Printer, 96 Chambers Street, [circa 1870-75].

Cord-bound booklet (17.5 x 10.5 cm.), [16] pages. Publisher’s advertisements at rear, and on both panels of rear wrapper. Date from testimonials at rear, and from external sources (Sea Moss Farine was manufactured by Lyon Mfg. Co. after 1976). FIRST & ONLY EDITION. Evidently the first American cookbook dedicated solely to seaweed as an ingredient, with one hundred-two recipes, each employing Rand Sea Moss Farine, a commercial carrageen or carrageenan product derived from the seaweed chondrus crispus, commonly called "Irish Moss" which was found to be plentiful in New England's Atlantic waters. In non-commercial forms, carrageen had been used for centuries – and continues to be used today – as a gelatinous thickener for a wide variety of foods. The recipes provided seek to show the widest possible uses of the thickener, from sauces, soups, custards, stews, baked proteins, ice creams, medicines and much more. Though the recipes are many, they are short and serve to highlight the Sea Moss Farine more than to provide cooking instruction. We've been able to locate no other information about the author, "Aunt Priscilla of New Bedford". The author is not to be confused with the Baltimore newspaper columnist Eleanor Purcell, whose racist persona, "Aunt Priscilla", penned a recipe column in the Baltimore Sun from the 1920s through 1940s. Interestingly, New Bedford's most famous citizen, Lizzie Borden, had an Aunt Priscilla Gray Fish, though it appears she spent little time in New Bedford itself. Like many promotional booklets of the time, a space was provided for notice of the local purveyor of the product. Accordingly, the lower portion of the rear wrapper panel contains an advertisement (printed separately as a slug) for George G. Sawyer & Co., Dealers in Drugs, Medicine, & Chemicals" of Keene, N.H. Slightest bit of wear to corners of wrappers. Otherwise fine. Rare. [OCLC locates six copies; Brown 3624].

Price: $500.00