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THE HOUSE SERVANT'S DIRECTORY, OR A MONITOR FOR PRIVATE FAMILIES: COMPRISING HINTS ON THE ARRANGEMENT AND PERFORMANCE OF SERVANTS' WORK, WITH GENERAL RULES FOR SETTING OUT TABLES AND SIDEBOARDS IN FIRST ORDER; THE ART OF WAITING IN ALL ITS BRANCHES; AND LIKEWISE HOW TO CONDUCT LARGE AND SMALL PARTIES WITH ORDER; WITH GENERAL DIRECTIONS FOR PLACING ON TABLE ALL KINDS OF JOINTS, FISH, FOWL, &C. WITH FULL INSTRUCTIONS FOR CLEANING PLATE, BRASS, STEEL, GLASS, MAHOGANY; AND LIKEWISE ALL KINDS OF PATENT AND COMMON LAMPS: OBSERVATIONS ON SERVANTS' BEHAVIOUR TO THEIR EMPLOYERS; AND UPWARDS OF 100 VARIOUS AND USEFUL RECEIPTS, CHIEFLY COMPILED FOR THE USE OF HOUSE SERVANTS; AND IDENTICALLY MADE TO SUIT THE MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF FAMILIES IN THE UNITED STATES WITH FRIENDLY ADVICE TO COOKS AND HEADS OF FAMILIES; AND COMPLETE DIRECTIONS HOW TO BURN LEHIGH COAL
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THE HOUSE SERVANT'S DIRECTORY, OR A MONITOR FOR PRIVATE FAMILIES: COMPRISING HINTS ON THE ARRANGEMENT AND PERFORMANCE OF SERVANTS' WORK, WITH GENERAL RULES FOR SETTING OUT TABLES AND SIDEBOARDS IN FIRST ORDER; THE ART OF WAITING IN ALL ITS BRANCHES; AND LIKEWISE HOW TO CONDUCT LARGE AND SMALL PARTIES WITH ORDER; WITH GENERAL DIRECTIONS FOR PLACING ON TABLE ALL KINDS OF JOINTS, FISH, FOWL, &C. WITH FULL INSTRUCTIONS FOR CLEANING PLATE, BRASS, STEEL, GLASS, MAHOGANY; AND LIKEWISE ALL KINDS OF PATENT AND COMMON LAMPS: OBSERVATIONS ON SERVANTS' BEHAVIOUR TO THEIR EMPLOYERS; AND UPWARDS OF 100 VARIOUS AND USEFUL RECEIPTS, CHIEFLY COMPILED FOR THE USE OF HOUSE SERVANTS; AND IDENTICALLY MADE TO SUIT THE MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF FAMILIES IN THE UNITED STATES WITH FRIENDLY ADVICE TO COOKS AND HEADS OF FAMILIES; AND COMPLETE DIRECTIONS HOW TO BURN LEHIGH COAL

By ROBERTS, Robert

Boston & New York: Munroe and Francis; Charles S. Francis, 1827. First Edition. Hardcover. Owner name of Katherine Laurence dated 27 March 1827 on the front endpaper. Two leaves (pages 73-76) neatly detached and laid in; contents complete and very clean with occasional toning. Some fraying along the spine edge. An excellent example of a very scarce and important title. Duodecimo (4-3/4" x 7-1/2") bound in contemporary, possibly for the publisher, linen-backed marbled boards with an intact printed paper label spine; 180 pages. A rare example of the FIRST COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED BOOK WRITTEN BY AN AFRICAN AMERICAN IN THE UNITED STATES and THE FIRST COOKBOOK WRITTEN BY AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN. A guide for house servants to help them to understand the rules of keeping a prominent white household, it includes recipes and advice to black servants on how to properly clean plates, what to wear, what time to arise for work, how to deal with drunk people, how to restore furniture, and how to take care of themselves. More household-management manual than cookbook, Roberts gives suggestions for employers on how to manage domestic help (very unusual for the time), but he was more interested in teaching young black men how to succeed in their work and ensure their advancement. Roberts begins the book: "In order to get through your work in proper time, you should make it your chief study to rise early in the morning; for an hour before the family rises is worth more to you than two after they are up." The author was a butler at the country estate of U.S. senator and governor of Massachusetts, Christopher Gore, a friend of Daniel Webster's. Blockson Collection, 9537 (1969 reprint); Longone Catalogue, page 2: "Although only two other editions of Roberts's book are recorded, some historians think that this work was seminal in producing men of singular ability as caterers, and managers -- rather than servants -- of large households"; Lowenstein, AMERICAN COOKERY BOOKS, 107; Weinstein, AGAINST THE TIDE 57: "Roberts also published the only substantial work by an abolitionist, black or white, to contain neither hint nor trace of race"; not in Work.

$31250.00

THE PHYSIOLOGY OF TASTE OR, MEDITATIONS ON TRANSCENDENTAL GASTRONOMY
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THE PHYSIOLOGY OF TASTE OR, MEDITATIONS ON TRANSCENDENTAL GASTRONOMY

By BRILLAT-SAVARIN, Jean Anthelme

New York: Limited Editions Club, 1949. First Edition. Hardcover. Spine with a few small rubbed spots. About Near Fine in a Very Good slipcase with a darkened backstrip. Sylvain Sauvage. Royal octavo (7" x 10-1/2") bound in pictorial boards backed with first-quality English pigskin leather. Newly translated and annotated by M. F. K. Fisher with a preface by her as well. Charming color illustrations by Sylvain Sauvage. Copy #1076 of 1500 issued unsigned as Sauvage died before the edition was published.

$250.00

MODERN DOMESTIC COOKERY, AND USEFUL RECEIPT BOOK, ADAPTED FOR FAMILIES IN THE MIDDLING AND GENTEEL RANKS OF LIFE.... bound with THE DOMESTIC MEDICINE ... TO WHICH IS ANNEXED, THE FAMILY RECEIPT BOOK, AND DOMESTIC REPOSITORY, BY D. HUGHSON, M.D. AND OTHERS
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MODERN DOMESTIC COOKERY, AND USEFUL RECEIPT BOOK, ADAPTED FOR FAMILIES IN THE MIDDLING AND GENTEEL RANKS OF LIFE.... bound with THE DOMESTIC MEDICINE ... TO WHICH IS ANNEXED, THE FAMILY RECEIPT BOOK, AND DOMESTIC REPOSITORY, BY D. HUGHSON, M.D. AND OTHERS

By [COOKERY] HENDERSON, W. A. (Enlarged and Improved by HUGHSON, D.) and BUCHAN, William

New York: Thomas Kinnersley, 1829 and [1829]. First American Edition. Hardcover. Foxing and staining throughout, small piece lacking at the top of one page of the Buchan title with loss of a few words of text; covers rubbed, especially the spine, but firm. Very Good for a book that likely received great use. Octavo (5" x 8-1/2") bound in original sheep leather with gilt rules and lettering including the name of an owner, Milton M. Perry, on the front cover; 360; 224, xii, iv pages. Illustrated with an engraved frontispiece, and engraved title page, and 5 engraved plates. Bitting, page 224 for the 1857 edition.

$625.00

SOLLER COOKBOOK
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SOLLER COOKBOOK

By [COOKERY] DAHLBERG, R'Lene (editor)

[New York]: Pequod Press, 1981. First Edition. Wraps. Fine. Printed white wraps with the text on brown paper. One of 100 numbered copies with handset type.

$62.50

NEW AMERICAN COOKERY, OR FEMALE COMPANION. CONTAINING FULL AND AMPLE DIRECTIONS FOR ROASTING, BROILING, STEWING, HASHING, BOILING, PRESERVING, PICKLING, POTTING, FRICASEES, SOUPS, PUFF-PASTES, PUDDINGS, CUSTARDS, PIES, TARTS, & C. ALSO, THE MAKING OF WINES AND CHEESE. PECULIARLY ADAPTED TO THE AMERICAN MODE OF COOKING
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NEW AMERICAN COOKERY, OR FEMALE COMPANION. CONTAINING FULL AND AMPLE DIRECTIONS FOR ROASTING, BROILING, STEWING, HASHING, BOILING, PRESERVING, PICKLING, POTTING, FRICASEES, SOUPS, PUFF-PASTES, PUDDINGS, CUSTARDS, PIES, TARTS, & C. ALSO, THE MAKING OF WINES AND CHEESE. PECULIARLY ADAPTED TO THE AMERICAN MODE OF COOKING

By [COOKERY]

New York: D. D. Smith, 1805. First Edition. Hardcover. Lacking the endpapers; small chip at the top of the spine. A clean, attractive, unsophisticated copy in original binding of a scarce and important book. Twentyfourmo (3-3/8" x 5-3/8") bound in original full sheep leather with gilt rules on the spine; 180 pages. The second American cookbook, preceded by Amelia Simmons's much better known AMERICAN COOKERY, printed four times before the publication of this volume, which is much scarcer than the Simmons. It is also distinguished as the first American cookbook published in New York. In addition to the recipes for broiling, hashing, preserving, pickling, fricasees, soups, puddings, pies, etc., there are 20 pages devoted to the making of wine, quite early for an American book. Bitting page 581: "There are some unusual recipes, one for spinach, a forerunner for the spinach of today, cooking with no added water, garnished with poached eggs, and unusual for that period; oranges cut in quarters." Lowenstein 36 cites another New York imprint of T. B. Jansen in the same year.

$21875.00

THE PHYSIOLOGY OF TASTE OR, MEDITATIONS ON TRANSCENDENTAL GASTRONOMY
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THE PHYSIOLOGY OF TASTE OR, MEDITATIONS ON TRANSCENDENTAL GASTRONOMY

By BRILLAT-SAVARIN, Jean Anthelme

New York: Limited Editions Club, 1949. Hardcover. Bookplate on the front pastedown; spine a little dry with one small rubbed spot along the edge. Near Fine in a Near Fine slipcase. Sylvain Sauvage. Royal octavo (7" x 10-1/2") bound in pictorial boards backed with first-quality English pigskin leather. Newly translated and annotated by M. F. K. Fisher with a preface by her as well. Charming color illustrations by Sylvain Sauvage. Copy #39 of 1500 issued unsigned as Sauvage died before the edition was published.

$312.50

AN ESSAY OF HEALTH AND LONG LIFE
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AN ESSAY OF HEALTH AND LONG LIFE

By CHEYNE, George

London: George Strahan, 1725. Second Edition. Hardcover. Modern bookplate of Nellie Madeleine Brown, M.D. on the front free endpaper; spine label partly present. Some rubbing and edgewear, short splits in joints. Nice copy. Blindstamped paneled calf leather; xx [24] 232 pages. Chapters on proper diet, exercise, sleeping, etc. Aimed at the lay reader, much of Cheyne's advice was based upon his own hypochondria and continual struggle with obesity--at one time he weighed over 440 pounds. In another work Cheyne described his hypochondria, which he blamed on the English weather, and estimated that a third of his patients were neurotic. Bitting (p. 86) cites only the 1727 French edition, noting it as rare. Crahan 268; Heirs of Hippocrates 761; Osler 2303; Wellcome II, p. 338.

$312.50

TO BEGIN AGAIN. STORIES AND MEMOIRS. 1908-1929

By FISHER, M. F. K

San Francisco/New York: Pantheon Books, (1992). First Edition. Hardcover. Fine in a Fine dustwrapper. Fisher speaks here of the people and events that first shaped her finely tuned and lasting appetites.

$31.30

NOT NOW BUT NOW
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NOT NOW BUT NOW

By FISHER, M. F. K

New York: The Viking Press, 1947. First Edition. Hardcover. Small spot on the front endpaper; some soiling to cloth. Very Good in a close to Fine dustwrapper with just a touch of soiling at the rear but very nice. First novel by this famous author of gastronomical delights.

$93.80

A NEW SYSTEM OF DOMESTIC COOKERY; FORMED UPON PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMY: AND ADAPTED TO THE USE OF PRIVATE FAMILIES
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A NEW SYSTEM OF DOMESTIC COOKERY; FORMED UPON PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMY: AND ADAPTED TO THE USE OF PRIVATE FAMILIES

By [RUNDELL, Maria Eliza Ketelby]

London: John Murray, 1807. Second Edition. Hardcover. Occasional and moderate foxing and staining. Very Good copy in an attractive binding. Small octavo (3-3/4" x 6-1/8") bound in recent calf-backed marbled boards with a gilt-stamped black morocco spine label; [xxii], lvii, 486 pages, with engraved frontispiece and nine engraved plates. The First Edition of 1806 had only 290 pages; this Second Edition, while not quite as scarce, is considerably enlarged and improved with more illustrations. Bitting, p. 410 (citing the earliest edition as 1810); Cagle 971 (the Third Edition, also 1807, but with fewer pages); The Dictionary of National Biography: "the earliest manual of household management with any pretensions to completeness." Early manuscript recipes on the rectos of the frontispiece and the rear endpaper.

$625.00

CULINARY AMERICANA: COOKBOOKS PUBLISHED IN THE ... UNITED STATES ... FROM 1860 THROUGH 1960

By BROWN, Eleanor & Bob

(Staten Island): (Martino), [1996]. Reprint. As new. Octavo, xiv, 417 pages. Limited to 100 copies.

$93.80

FOOD AND FLAVOR: A GASTRONOMIC GUIDE TO HEALTH AND GOOD LIVING

By FINCK, Henry T.

New York: Century, 1913. First Edition. Decorated cloth. Hinges cracked but tight. About Very Good.. Octavo, xviii, 594 pages. Illustrated by Charles Chapman. Bitting p. 157. The author claims that his is the first book in any language devoted to flavor rather than the nutritive aspects of food.

$106.30