First Edition of this Early American Cookbook
HUTCHINSON, E. House-Keeper's Guide and Indian Doctor: containing the very best directions for making all kinds of ice creams, preserves, jellies, perfumery, and essences, fancy and plain soaps, and an excellent system on the treatment of the hair; the best method of cleaning brass, marble, mahogany furniture, cuttlery, carpets, &c., &c. Also, a complete system of genuine Indian doctoring. To which is added directions for letter writing, under various circumstances. The book closes with the celebrated chemical washing recipe. New York: Published at 128 Nassau Street. W. Lord, Stereotyper , 86 Fulton Street., 1852.
First edition. Octavo (8 3/8 x 5 1/4 inches; 214 x 135 mm). v, [6]-95, [1] pp. We could find no copies of this at auction in over 50 years, and only a handful of copies on OCLC.

Bound in wrappers, lacking front wrapper (?) and much of spine. Stabmarks and stitching visible. Leaves toned and fragile with some flaking to edges. Some minor stains and soiling throughout as usual for an American cookbook of the time.

"This volume... is a fascinating collection of Americana including basic, everyday cooking recipes, medical remedies, and letter writing advice that amounts to a form of contemporary 'pop psychology.' The author of this fascinating mid-nineteenth century collection is not credited, but hints suggest that the material is not original and was compiled by the publisher from other sources. The recipes for a broad range of dishes represent basic cooking of the day obviously meant as an 'everyday' household resource. In a long section titled 'Indian Doctor,' medical treatment advice and remedies for every imaginable ailment from cholera and scarlet fever to corns and catarrh are included, and there is a substantial section on hair and skin treatment describing lotions and creams for everything from 'preventing hair from falling' to curing freckles and pimples. The intriguing section 'American Letter Writer' described as 'letters on relationship' contains several dozen sample letters that family members and associates might write to each other in a wide variety of situations. For example: 'From the Daughter to the Mother, in excuse for her neglect,' 'From a Mother in town, to a Daughter at School in the country, recommending the practice of Virtue,' 'From a Daughter to her Father, pleading for her Sister, who had married without his consent,' 'From an officer to a Lady with whom he is in Love,' 'The Officer’s Letter to the Lady’s Father,' and sample answers from the Lady and her father." (From Andrew McMeel Publishing, prefacing their reprint).

Lowenstein, 546. American Antiquarian Society, 147756.

HBS # 68075 $1,250