American Cookery, or, The Art of dressing viands, fish, poultry, and vegetables, ; and the best modes of making puff-pastes, pies, tarts, puddings, custards, and preserves. And all kinds of cakes, from the imperial plumb to plain cake. adapted to this country, and all grades of life. By an American Orphan

Poughkeepsie, NY: Paraclete Potter / P&S Potter, Printers, 1815.

24mo. (14.2 x 9 cm.), iv, [1], [5] 71 pages. The eighth edition of Amelia Simmons' American Cookery, originally issued Hartford, 1796. The book is widely considered to be the first American cookbook, authored by an American and printed and published in the US. Contemporary one-quarter brown calf, with marbled paper over boards; Hinges sound, but calf split on front panel, light foxing throughout; early owner's ink inscription to preliminary leaf. Rare. [OCLC locates sixteen copies of this printing; Bitting, page 435; Shaw and Shoemaker 33843; Lowenstein 68].

Price: $6,000.00

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