Item #346512 The House Servant's Directory, Or a Monitor for Private Families: Comprising hints for Arrangements and Performance of Servants' Work. Robert Roberts.
The House Servant's Directory, Or a Monitor for Private Families: Comprising hints for Arrangements and Performance of Servants' Work
The House Servant's Directory, Or a Monitor for Private Families: Comprising hints for Arrangements and Performance of Servants' Work
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The House Servant's Directory, Or a Monitor for Private Families: Comprising hints for Arrangements and Performance of Servants' Work.

Boston: Munroe & Francis; New York: Charles S. Francis, 1827.

First edition. xiv, [15]-180 pp. 8vo. Modern quarter morocco and cloth. Small ink burn marks on p. 137, short edge tears to pp 59-66, scattered spotting. Ex library with discreet Boston Public Library blindstamp and pencil duplicate notation on verso Lowenstein 107; Cagle & Stafford 647; Blockson Collection 9537; American Imprints 30468; Weinstein, Against the Tide 57. Item #346512

First edition of the first cookbook written by an African American and the first book by a black American ever published by a commercial publisher. Roberts (1780-1860) was employed for many years by Christopher Gore, governor and senator from Massachusetts. "Some historians think this work was seminal in producing men of singular ability as caterers, and managers — rather than servants — of large households" (Longone, American Cookbooks and Wine Books 1797-1950, p. 2).

Roberts' Directory was popular enough to warrant a second and third edition, and the book remains in print today in various reprint editions. Roberts would become a prominent abolitionist and contributor to William Lloyd Garrison's The Liberator.

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