The New England Butt’ry Shelf Almanac

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Campbell, Mary Mason (Tasha Tudor-Illustrator). Being a Collation of Observations on New England People, Birds, Flowers, Herbs, Weather, Customs, and Cookery of Yesterday and Today. New York: World Publishing Company, 1970. 1st Printing. 302 pages. 19 x 16.5 cm. Signed by both Author and Illustrator on half title page. A love letter to the past with a sentimental hope for the future. In the New England days of yore, Almanacs were kept by the fireside, read aloud at the end of the day as others tended to their evening tasks of spinning and whittling. After the year was up they were stacked on the shelf of the butt’ry where cooking receipts were kept, tried and used for years. Mary Mason Campbell wrote this charming book, with the lovely illustrations by New England’s favorite illustrator – Tasha Tudor, to bring this familiar practice back into the light, in hopes of some gentler days ahead. A fantastic gift; with Wedding Anniversaries listed, Birthstone and Birthday lists (unused) for each month, poems, recipes, and essays. Interior clean and crisp, very light wear to spine at head and foot. Dust wrapper with small chips and one closed tear. Orig. blue cloth covered boards, title in gilt. Very good, in very good dust wrapper. Hardcover.