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Church of Christ (Millis, MA). Church Aid Society.  The Millis cook book, a collection of tested receipts, contributed by the ladies of Millis. West Medway, MA: H.A. Bullard, 1894. 8vo (20.5 cm, 8.1"). 100 pp.
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First edition: Early New England example of the charitable fundraiser cookbook genre, assembled by the Church Aid Society of the Church of Christ of Millis, MA, with the wrappers bearing an engraved illustration of the church building and a horse and buggy out front; the usual array of local advertisements are present, along with a laid-in newspaper clipping on "Pickles that Will Add a Tang to Next Winter's Meals." Pencilled annotations to the present copy include a list of ingredients for what appears to be a type of mince pie featuring apples, beef, and "all kinds spice"; a note on baking time for one recipe; and an addition of 2 lbs. sugar to a cucumber pickle recipe.
        WorldCat reports => no institutional holdings of this first edition. Of the second edition (1895), WorldCat locates only one copy (at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center!).

Not in Brown, Culinary Americana; not in Cook, America's Charitable Cooks. Original printed paper wrappers as above; wrappers separated and much chipped (though not into cover vignette), with old cellophane tape repairs. Pages age-toned and slightly brittle, with some edges chipped or with short tears, some corners dog-eared. Annotations as above. Worn; still, an uncommon and evocative item.  (38108)   Please RESHELVE This.


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