The Frugal Housewife, or complete woman cook. Wherein the art of dressing all sorts of viands, with cleanliness, decency and elegance, is explained in five hundred approved recipes... together with the best method of potting, collaring, preserving, drying, candying, pickling, and making of English wines; to which are added twelve new prints....

New York: Printed for Rogers and Berry, Pearl–Street, [1795].

16mo. (16 x 9.5 cm.), [12], 180, [12], [2] pages. Two engraved plates of birds prepared for cooking; twelve plates of Bills of Fare with woodcuts of table settings. Publication date from Evans. Second American Edition, Second Printing, stated "revised and corrected" (from Note to the Reader). Carter’s popular English cookbook (circa 1768), became one of the earliest cookery books printed in the U.S. This 1795 printing follows the Boston: Edes & Gill of 1772 (Lowenstein 4), and the New York: Berry & Rogers of 1792 (Lowenstein 7). The Edes & Gill issue of 1772 was just the second cookbook printed in America, following thirty years on the heels of Eliza Smith’s Compleat Housewife of 1742. The two Rogers and Berry printings contained a changes which better reflected the American context of these books, and which greatly influenced Amelia Simmons in the creation of her foundational American Cookery of 1796. Text block complete and sound; first leaf with Bills of Fare – "January" and "February" – chipped and torn with some loss of text. Title page and "To the Reader" are trimmed slightly into the text. One quarter calf over paper-covered scale board; spine gilt-ruled with a morocco spine label which is gilt-lettered "Cookery". Front board detached at hinge, but still connected via an early vernacular repair (a wrap-around paper hinges). Two preliminary blanks detached but present and whole. Much better than it sounds with the binding and endpapers completely original and unsophisticated, and scarce thus. [OCLC records just three copies of this edition (Kansas State, Bowdoin (lacking a plate), Michigan State); no auction records for this edition; Evans 24180; Lowenstein 8b].

Price: $4,000.00

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