Item #10296 The Young Housekeeper's Friend. Cornelius Mrs.
The Young Housekeeper's Friend

The Young Housekeeper's Friend

Boston, Tappan, Whittemore, & Mason, 1850.
Second-hand hardcover

Cornelius, Mrs. The Young Housekeeper's Friend: or, a guide to domestic economy & comfort. (6th Thousand) Tappan, Whittemore, & Mason: Boston, 1850. 8vo (185x120mm) qtr bnd, tan cloth, tan printed bds, vi,[7]-190,[4 blank]pp.



CORNELIUS, Mrs [Mary Ann Hooker  (1796-1880)]

The Young Housekeeper's Friend; or, a guide to domestic economy and comfort.

Boston : Tappan, Whittemore, & Mason, 1850. Sixth Thousand, (first edition, 5th printing).  Copyright 1845, first published New York 1846.   Stereographed by George A Curtis.  Forward by Eliza Farrer.

Duodecimo (185x120mm) original quarter bound, tan cloth, tan paper printed boards, vi,[7]-190,[2 blank]pp with two blank flyleaves:  1-16⁶ (Cagle suggests 1-8¹²).

Boards lightly soiled and stained, edges lightly worn, corners gently bruised; faint foxing to preliminaries; top and fore-edges trifle dusty; pps 107-110 lightly creased when bound; small stain to bottom edge first quire.

Descended from the founders of Connecticut, Mrs Cornelius (née Hooker) lived her life in New England.  The daughter of a clergyman, her husband was also a clergyman/missionary dedicated to the indigenous peoples of New England.  As one would expect, Christian piety and values inform her writing. 

The Young Housekeeper's Assistant is a domestic encyclopedia aimed specifically at newly married middle-class women with limited budgets, providing instructions intended “to be so minute, and of so practical a character, that the observance of them shall prevent very many of the perplexities which most young people suffer during their first years of married life.” ¹  Although predominantly a recipe book, there are also commentaries and instructions on how a newly married woman should conduct herself and her household, directions on managing servants and a chapter on various tasks of household management.

The recipes, are for their time, quite detailed.  Bread, baking and oven instructions are helpful.  Although aimed at people with limited budgets, the recipes are not parsimonious and there are some interesting receipts, particularly for traditional New England dishes.

A popular cookery book that was reprinted a number of times during and beyond the Civil War and featured in the contemporaneous novel Little Women (1868-9) by Louisa May Alcott, wherein Meg often refers to a "Mrs Cornelius" when talking about food.

An excellent early copy.

§  Lowenstein 497; Wheaton & Kelly 1425;  Cagle & Stafford 190, see also 187-192; cf Bitting p.100 and Brown,p.99, later editions.

¹ The Young Housekeeper's Friend preface, p.v.

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