Feb 21, 2008 - Sale 2137

Sale 2137 - Lot 200

Price Realized: $ 7,800
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
ONE OF THE RAREST AMERICAN COOK BOOKS (FOOD AND DRINK.) FISHER, ABBIE C. What Mrs. Fisher Knows about Southern Cooking. Soups, Pickles, Preserves etc. 8vo, original brown cloth, repairs to gutters; extremities lightly rubbed with no significant loss of cloth; shadow in the gutter at the beginning and end, probably from kitchen soiling. Bookplate from a cook book collection. Enclosed in a custom made slipcase. San Francisco, 1881

Additional Details

first edition of the first cookbook authored by an african american. Abby Fisher was born in 1832, according to San Francisco census records for 1880, which describe her as a mulatto cook. Fisher was born in South Carolina of a black mother and a 'French gentleman.' Bitting, page 158; Culinary America, 29.