New York: Published at 128 Nassau-Street, 1851 , Second edition? 8vo, original blind-stamped and gilt-stamped rose cloth, -72, -48, -136 pages, as published. Title page vignette of a cow on the second title. Cloth sunned (spine faded to tan, edges a bit sunned), a bit bumped and worn; light damp-stain to a corner throughout, some light foxing and soiling; a good, sound copy. Item #19817
A vade mecum of domestic life, entertaining even without the subtle suggestion in the title that a lady might well concern herself with canary birds and then perhaps with the management of children, a collection of brief remedies for common household ailments, a list of medicinal properties of plants, much on etiquette (the great transition away from eating with a knife is carried on in the pages here), canary culture, and a number of recipes from meat to to puddings to cakes and pies and preserves—ranging from doughnuts and coffee, to chowder or boiled Indian pudding. (A basic recipe for curry is also included.) Newspaper ads suggest a canvassing operation operating under the name of the American Family Publication Establishment operated upstairs at 128 Nassau (presumably above the better-known Robert Sears operation), and a few seemingly cheap and popular works issued without publisher imprint from that address during this period. The standard references of Lowenstein, etc. seem to catalog an 1851 edition of this title as the first; the variation here on the copyright page (F. J. Dow & Co. rather than the E. Hutchinson seen in the Lowenstein and Cagle & Stafford) suggests this is an early reprint of the 1850 Ladies’ cooking assistant and family friend, published at 128 Nassau-Street and with the Dow copyright. Lowenstein 519; Cagle & Stafford 429 (each noting an imprint date of 1851 on the second title page, rather than 1850 as here, and each noting a copyright date of 1851 by E. Hutchinson; the copyright statement of this copy is for F. J. Dow & Co., 1850; the preliminary pagination of this issue also differed from the Hutchinson copyrighted version). Atwater 2172 notes an 1852 edition.