THE EARLIEST COMPLETE MANUAL OF HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT: EARLY AMERICAN EDITION OF A NEW SYSTEM OF DOMESTIC COOKERY, 1808
[RUNDELL, Maria Eliza]. A New System of Domestic Cookery, Formed Upon Principles of Economy, and Adapted to the Use of Private Families. Exeter [New Hampshire]: Printed by Norris & Sawyer, 1808. 16mo, original full brown sheep. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
Early American edition of Mrs. Rundell’s popular cookbook, in original binding.
Rundell originally prepared her work for her married daughters' use, "editing and putting into order the hundreds of handwritten recipes and remedies she had compiled and collected… until the whole voluminous collection of a lifetime's culinary trials and errors had been sorted and indexed" (Quayle, 118-19). "As the earliest manual of household management with any pretensions to completeness, it called forth many imitations" (DNB). "No edition of this work dated earlier than 1807 has been located… The first edition may have appeared late in 1805 or early in 1806" (Cagle 971). Domestic Cookery first appeared in America in Boston in 1807. Lowenstein 54. Bitting, 411. Shaw & Shoemaker 21244. Owner signature dated 1823 on rear blank, early pencil notations to front pastedown.
Expected wear and soiling to text, contemporary leather binding worn but solid. A desirable early American edition of an important cookbook.