The American Family Encyclopedia of Useful Knowledge, or Book of 7223 receipts and facts: a whole library of subjects useful to every individual ; such as planning, building, warming, ventilating, and lighting houses ; household furniture, servants, selecting and cooking of food of every kind ; a catalogue of fruits and vegetables of every variety, pastry, preserves, confectionary, beverages ; receipts for English and French cookery ; the selection of clothing, dress, and the toilet, jewelry ; the laundry, carriages, driving and managing of horses ; the dairy and domestic animals, bees and fish ; the preservation of health ; receipts for domestic medicines ; &c., &c. : Illustrated with nearly one thousand engravings.

New York: Published by J.C. Derby, 1856.

Large, thick octavo ( x cm.), 1 preliminary leaf, [xi]-xxiv, [25]-1238 pages. Illustrated throughout with engravings in the text. Chromolithograph frontispiece by "H. Lawrence, 86 John St., NY". Index. ~ A pre-Civil War American edition, from an English work of the same title, published in 1844 in Marlborough by Adam Matthew. An encyclopedic work includes formulas, recipes, and advice for general housekeeping and so much more, first published in the U.S. in 1845 by Harper & Row under the title An Encyclopedia of Domestic Economy... In 1854, the work appeared substantially unchanged, but with the new title American Family Encyclopedia... published by Derby in the US, with subsequent issues in 1855, 1856 (this copy), 1858, and 1859. The English origins of the work went unremarked by Lowenstein. Included are sections on brewing, winemaking, distilling, vinegar making, preservation of fruits and vegetables, and the making of linen cloth. Some age-toning to end papers, otherwise very clean and sound. In publisher's blind- and gilt decorated gift binding. Blue cloth, with very slight wear to edges, otherwise near fine. [OCLC locates fifteen copies; Lowenstein 677].

Price: $450.00