The Cosmopolitan Cook and Recipe Book, Containing Recipes for the Preparation of American, French, German, English, Irish and Other National Dishes, Both Costly and Economical, also Household Recipes, Medical Recipes, Rules of Health, Tables of Distance, Measures, Weights, Statistics, Etc., Etc.

[Buffalo, N.Y. Dingens Brothers; Press of E.H. Hutchinson, 1888].

Octavo (19.5 x 14.5 cm.), 397, [16], [32] pages. Index. Final pages lined and with the header title "Additional Recipes". Advertisements throughout printed on colored stock, and two chromo-lithographed advertising leaves tipped-in. Edition and date from head of title. Stated Third Edition. An unusual household recipe book, issued by the great Buffalo victualer Dingens Brothers. A similar book was issued in Rochester by the firm of Moore & Cole, and it is likely the same work masquerading as a separate issue. An unusual feature is the prominence given to cooking and preparation times. Immediately adjacent to recipe titles, in capital letters, the compilers state, "TIME.-ONE HOUR" or the like. This is one of the earlier appearances of exact timings we've seen, certainly one with the timings given such emphasis. The purveyor is profiled in some depth. An eleven page list of "Distances from Buffalo" can be found at the end of the first section, a list which simultaneously reminds the reader of the great distances traveled by some of the available products, and of its proximity to potential markets. Recipes for thirty-nine Fancy Beverages, primarily punches, but also including several Egg Nogs, Mint Julep, Brandy Smash, some Cobblers, Egg Flip, and a Tom & Jerry attributed to Jerry Thomas. With one handwritten recipe, To Fry Oysters, in the "Additional Recipe" section at rear. Hinges pulling, endpapers chipped at edges, some light soil throughout. A bit of edgewear and rubbing to the publisher's black and gilt-stamped decorated brown cloth. Near very good. Scarce. [OCLC locates just one copy of this 1888 issue (Buffalo Cty), and nine copies of all issues through 1893; Bitting, page 538].

Price: $150.00