Munroe and Francis, 1832, Hardcover (Full Leather), Book Condition: Very Good Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket, First Edition
A Boston Housekeeper [Mrs. N.K.M. Lee]. The Cook's Own Book: Being a Complete Culinary Encyclopedia, Boston: Munroe & Francis, 1832. 12mo, first edition, pp. xxxvi, 300, full sheep, probably a 20th-century binding, gilt stamped lettering and rules to spine, with endpages replaced and no half-title, reverse of ffep preserving a gift inscription, with another ownership signature on title page. Woodcut engraving showing how to break down an ox, with the facing page giving prices of various cuts of meat. See Lowenstein, American Cookery, 160, and Cagle & Stafford 447. OCLC Worldcat locates several copies in American institutions, but this first edition is scarce in the private marketplace, the auction records showing that the last sale took place in 2008 ($1800 at Swann gallery). Condition of this book: Very good and tight, boards worn at extremities, scattered light to moderate foxing. Size: 12mo. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Antiquarian & Rare; United States; 19th century; Cooking, Wine & Dining. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 52838.