Albany: B. Taylor, 1860. 113pp. 16mo. Lacking wrappers, stitched as issued. Wear and soiling, slightly heavier to outer leaves; light scattered foxing. Corners worn. Good plus. Item #1599
Handy little guide for the homemaker "embracing a mass of information never before published." The compiler, a W. Morey, writes in the introduction that he has procured many of these recipes "at much trouble and expense" and offers them to the reader with the hope that he will be able "to improve their condition by the information now placed before them." Fairly ambitious goals, for a recipe book. There is a five page index which serves as a table of contents, listing confectionary and candies, fancy cakes and pastry, ice creams and fruit ices, jellies, "summer drinks and temperance beverages," "syrups for soda water," fermented beverages, "beverages prepared with powders," essences and extracts and perfumes, as well as soaps and inks and dyes. The final section of "Miscellaneous Recipes" contains mixes for a number of colors of ink, including "Invisible Ink for Secret Correspondence," as well as a wide array of useful things such as washing fluids, liniments, and "Cooling Pills for Rats, Mice, &c" -- a combination of lard and phosphorous tinctured with sugar which one makes "into large pellets, and lay them near where the rats frequent, and you will soon find them stiff on their backs." Another of our favorites is "Magic Pain Killer," which consists of proof alcohol, ammonia, laudanum, and oil of origanum combined with mutton lard.
A useful and eclectic household guide, fascinating for its remedies, recipes, and extensive inks, as well as listing "Kid Glove Renovator," "Solid Lead Pencils," "Bastard Silvering Fluid," "Cough Syrup," and "Iron Mould Remover" all in a row. No copies found in OCLC.