FISHER, Abby (b. 1832). What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking, Soups, Pickles, Preserves, Etc. San Francisco: Women’s Co-operative Printing Office, 1881.
8vo (139 x 201 mm). (two Library of Congress duplicate stamps to title page, recto and verso, else near fine). Original brick-red cloth with decoratively stamped and gilt title (lightly bumped corners, some cover soiling especially to top edge).
FIRST EDITION. The second cookbook ever written by an African American preceded only by the exceedingly scarce 1866 A Domestic Cook Book by Malinda Russell. A former slave, Abby Fisher and her husband moved to northern California after the Civil War and built a successful pickle and preserves business. A remarkably scarce and important cookbook. Bitting 158; Culinary America 29.
Lightly bumped corners, some cover soiling especially to top edge, two Library of Congress duplicate stamps to title page, recto and verso, small stain in upper left of title page, else near fine. Binding tight and square, pages clean and bright.
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