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(San Francisco) A Gift from San Francisco's Night Clubs: Perfect Hostess' Mixed Drinks Recipes.


30 pp. Illus. with ads for local businesses, incl. bars and clubs. First Edition. San Francisco: c.1930's.

An illustration of drinking glasses starts the reader off, followed by recipes for Leave-it-to-Me Cocktail, Little Devil Cocktail, Journalist Cocktail, and many other inventions of San Francisco bartenders. A bit of faint spotting to covers, owner's rubber stamp to front wrapper, else very good. $150.



(Cocktails) Oscar of the Waldorf. 100 Famous Cocktails: The Romance of Wines and Liquors, Etiquette, Recipes.


Illus. by Henry Stahlhut. Dec. boards. Fourth Edition. NY: Kenilworth Press, 1939.

Inscribed & SIGNED by Oscar to Mr. Edwin A. Shindler on tipped-in frontis. portrait. The Bronx, the Bird, the Clover Club, the Russian Grand Duke, and many more fabulous cocktails. Chipping to boards along spine, some rubbing to extremities, else good, with wonderful, uncommon inscription. $300. SOLD



Filippini, Alessandro. 100 Choicest Recipes for Cooking.


30 pp. Printed wrappers. NY: New York Sunday Supplement, 1892.

Scarce offprint of Delmonico's chef Alessandro Filippini's recipes, including gumbo with frogs, Hamburg steak with Russian sauce, suckling pig in apple sauce, etc. Fragile, with some chipping and minor loss to lower corner for rear wrapper, else good. $60.


Education Division, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Office of Indian Affairs. Manual for Cooks in the Indian Service.

124 pp. Printed wrappers. First Edition. Washington: U.S. Govt. Printing Office, 1936.

Guidelines and advice on nutrition and integration of standard American meals into the diets of Native American schoolchildren at government-run boarding schools. "The fact that the Indian boarding school feeds the children only 10 months out of 12 must be considered when planning the diet. Many of the children report to school in poor physical condition. Cases of malnutrition are not unusual. Because too great a change in diet may cause illness when the children first come to school, they must be watched carefully during the period of adjustment and new foods added gradually to the diet." A few minor creases to wrappers; crease to lower rear corner beginning to tear, else very good. $120.


Favorite Recipes Used by American Woman's Club of Bombay.


Great illustrations with local ads from Colonial Bombay. Cloth-backed pictorial boards. First Edition. Bombay: American Woman's Club, c.1940.

Mostly recipes for dishes that would remind women in India of England, but with a few Indian hybrid dishes such as Mulligatawny Soup, Almond Soup, and my personal favorite, Bombay Boston Bread with chuppatti flour. Very good condition. $60.


De Gouy, Louis P. The Oyster Book.


Illus. from photographs. Jacket. First Edition. NY: Greenberg, 1951.

266 oyster recipes, from Oyster Chowder to Codfish-oyster balls luncheon and Bridesmaids' oysters au gratin. Rubbing & some chipping and short tears to extremities, else very good condition. $75. SOLD


Adams, Sara Swain. How to Set the Table for Every Occasion.


Illus. from color drawings and also from photographs of scenes in Irish linen country. Pictorial boards. NY: Derryvale Linen, 1918.

Fine condition. $40.

(Arizona) Presbyterian Ladies’ Aid Cook Book.

46 pp. Illus. with numerous ads for Phoenix businesses, mostly food-related. Printed wrappers. First Edition. Phoenix: c.1900. Recipes for Mock Possum (!), stuffed pepper, Minnesota corn bread, Chili con Carne, Chuletas de Ternero, Indian meal pudding, Bed Bug Pie, and my favorite, “A Dessert for Hot Weather: Sweet Wind.” Fine. $100.


(Nebraska) The Loup City Cook Book: A Collection of Tried Recipes, Compiled by the Ladies of Loup City, for the Benefit of the Baptist Church.

93 pp. Illus. with ads for local businesses. Textured orange wrappers. First Edition. Loup City, NE: Standard Gauge Print, 1909.

Molasses candy, muskmelon sweet pickles, cold catsup, roast spare ribs, fried chicken, frickadilla (!), pie plant pudding, and 5 recipes for doughnuts. Some chipping along spine, a few short tears & faint stains to page margins, else very good. $95.


(Utah) Pratt, P.P., ed. Home Economy, Etc.

116 pp. Gilt-lettered cloth. Second Edition, Revised & Enlarged. Salt Lake City: P.P. Pratt, 1895.

Recipes for slap jacks, pancakes, ice cream, blackberry jam, pumpkin pie, etc., with numerous home remedies as well. Owner’s name, Mrs. Sarah A. Breckon, Bingham Canyon, Utah, to endpapers. Bingham Canyon was a mining town, and a reminiscence by the town’s mining doctor, Russell Frazier, recalls the owner: “I must mention Mrs. Breckon, Grandma Mayne and Mary Jane Crow. These good women spent many nights on the reception committee to most of Bingham's future citizens. I have seen them wade through snow up to their waists to be at the side of some girl when she was having her first baby. The comforting presence of these kindly women holding the hand of a girl in pain made my work much easier. We delivered over 4,000 babies in homes without an infection, which speaks volumes for the good care these women gave in homes of Italians, Greeks, Slovakians and just plain Americans. Many of these mothers could not speak one word of English, but the children from these homes became some of Utah's finest first citizens.” Near fine. $200.


(Utah) Recipes Compiled by the Ladies of St. Mark’s Guild 1886, Revised 1909.

208 pp. Silver-lettered green cloth. Revised Edition. Salt Lake City: Ackerman & Co., 1909.

Discoloration to covers and insect damage to first and last pages, else good, with recipes for apple dumplings, pigs’ feet cheese, hay stack hash, pin money pickles, brod torte, hermits, jumbles, a dessert called Moonshine, and other regional delights. $150.


(Utah) Miller, Mrs. Glen. Sarah Daft Home Cook Book: A Collection of Choice and Tested Recipes Contributed by the Members of the Board and their Friends.

Illus. by M.R. Trenam, and with numerous ads for Salt Lake City businesses in rear. Dec. yellow cloth. Third Edition, Enlarged & Revised. Kaysville, UT: Inland Printing, 1923.

Created to benefit the Sarah Daft Home for the Aged. Daft was one of the pioneers of Salt Lake City, arriving in 1856. In early 1900s, there existed no housing in Utah for those described as the "indigent aged." Sarah was a true visionary when in 1904, she set aside funds in her will to establish and maintain a home for the "aged, infirm and blind of both sexes." Her vision was realized with a permanent building in 1914, and remains one of the oldest nonprofit, continuously-operated assisted living facilities in the western United States. Very good. $60.


(Oregon - WWI) Chapel, Mrs. Inie Gage (Aunt Prudence). Telegram Conservation Cook Book.

317 pp.Illus. with ads for local businesses. Flexible cloth. Portland: Telegram, 1917.

“Containing all the tables, recipes, and important items discussed in Aunt Prudence’s Kitchen Department of the Evening Telegram.” A cookbook that expresses local pride, with a large section on salmon, “what to do with half a hog,” a chapter on war breads, etc. Very good. $75. SOLD


(Vegetarian) Whitfield, Mildred G., Maria Hornbacher & Ruth Pearson. The Fine Art of Cooking.

Illus. from color photographs. Pictorially embossed gold cloth. First Edition. Berrien Springs, MI: White Brothers’ Graphic Arts Center, 1941.

A health food book promoting better living through vegetarianism, with recipes using fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains. Owner’s name to front free endpaper, else near fine. $60.


(Wyoming) Woman’s Club. Parco Cook Book.

Printed blue wrappers. First Edition. Parco, WY: Woman’s Club, 1930.

Parco salad, citron Christmas cake, red cherry cake, wild ducks with sauerkraut, fried elk, corned venison, fried sage chicken, mountain sausage, etc. Now named Sinclair, Parco was originally named after the Producers & Refiners Corporation (or PARCO) which founded the oil refinery (which still stands today) and the company town. Very good, with lots of local ads. $75.


(Colorado) Choice Recipes Compiled by the Ladies of St. Mark’s Guild.

81 pp. Flexible black cloth. First Edition. Victor, CO: Leary-Poole Job Print, c.1900.

Sherry cobbler, strawberry dumplings, lemon marmalade, spiced currants, spider corn bread, sour milk biscuits, etc. With several local ads for mining supplies and jewelers in the gold mining town. With Cripple Creek, the mining district of Victor became the second largest gold mining district in the country, and the population reached its peak around the turn of the century, with 18,000 residents. It currently is home to 397 people. Paper offset to darkened covers, else good. $120.


(Colorado) Guild of All Saints Mission. “Columbine”: A Book of Choice Recipes.

123 pp. Numerous ads throughout. Stiff dec. wrappers. First Edition. Loveland, CO: All Saints Guild, 1905.

Recipes for “Two-two-two Pancakes” (2 cups sour milk, 2 cups stale bread crumbs, 2 cups flour, etc.), French rolls, eggplant a la Romain, oyster shortcake, cherry tarte, stuffed quinces, snowballs, etc. For the first half of the 20th century the town was dependent on agriculture. The primary crops in the area were sugar beets and sour cherries. In 1901, the Great Western Sugar Company built a factory in Loveland, which remained as a source of employment until its closure in 1985. Near fine. $150.


(Colorado) Western Slope Cook Book, Compiled and Published by the Ladies of the Gypsum Methodist Episcopal Church.

Illus. with several ads from Gypsum and Eagle. Gypsum, CO: 1912. Rhubarb custard pie, cherry salad, scrapple, chili sauce, mustard pickles, etc. Dec. wrappers, pictorial cover label of the church. Gypsum was a mining town located in Eagle County, and was incorporated just one year prior to this cookbook. Small piece of paper lacking from upper spine, else about very good. $95.


(Colorado) Junior Missionary Society of the Augustana Lutheran Church. The Jubilee Cook Book.

121 pp. Illus. with ads for local businesses. Cloth-backed green printed wrappers. First Edition. Denver: 1928.

Three manuscript recipes to rear memoranda pages. Quick coffee cake, carrot pudding, lamb pie dinner, German dumplings, and other stick-to-your-ribs fare. Very good. $60.


(Colorado) Good Recipes compiled by the Lydia League of the Twenty-third Avenue Presbyterian Church.

127 pp. Denver: c.1900.

With several manuscript recipes on blank rear pages, and printed recipes for Hubbard squash pie, nut taffy, buckwheat cakes, broiled pigeons, curried rabbit, etc. Front joint cracking, else very good. $60.


(Nevada) Ladies Aid Society of the Methodist Church. The Lovelock Cook Book, Containing Tested Recipes by the Ladies of Lovelock.

104 pp. Illus. with a plethora of local ads. Flexible printed cloth. First Edition. Lovelock: c.1910.

Once known as a stop for settlers on the Humboldt Trail to California, and later purchased by George Lovelock, who mined the lodes in the area, the Southern Pacific Railway built a line and depot through the town in 1868, increasing traffic to the area. By 1900, the town of Lovelock had a school, churches and a business district along what was then called Railway Street. It is now best known for its prison. Italian Spaghetti, O’Brien au Gratin, Chili con Carne, Mexican Eggs, Corn a la Southern, and other dishes reflecting the ethnic makeup of the town. Very good. $150.


(Arizona) Woman’s Club. The Kirkland Cook Book.

90 + numerous ad pp. Flexible printed white cloth. First Edition. Kirkland, AZ: The Woman’s Club, c.1923.

Ads are mainly for neighboring Prescott businesses. Kirkland has traditionally been the commercial center of the Kirkland Valley area and the location of many community, social and business events. The has been the center of that activity, the only place to socialize, pick up or send mail, ship livestock or mining materials, catch the train to Prescott or Phoenix or to buy supplies and has been a gathering place for the farmers, miners and ranchers in the areas. Families, especially wives and mothers living on isolated ranches, gathered together whenever the opportunity arose. The center of this gathering, along with the now closed Kirkland Dance Hall, was very often the Kirkland Store, whether its use was as a store/post office/hotel, or as a restaurant and bar, as it is today. Very good. $125.


(Boston) Crumbs of Comfort: A Collection of Tried and True Recipes, Published by the Ladies of the Housekeepers’ Table, at a fair held in aid of the First Universalist Church, of Charlestown, Nov. 13, 14, and 15, 1888.

125 pp. Illus. with local ads. Gilt-stamped flexible cloth. First Edition. Boston: H.E. Browne, 1888. Libby’s clam chowder, baked cod, corn oysters, Mrs. Pedrick’s Indian cake, brown bread, and other Boston specialties. Wome chipping to wrappers, else very good; scarce. $200.


(Louisiana) Hardy, Lady Helen & Raymond Martinez. Louisiana’s Fabulous Foods and How to Cook Them: Original Recipes of Many Louisiana Hostesses and Famous New Orleans Restaurants.

Illus. from photographs of Louisiana scenes. Pictorial wrappers. New Orleans: Hope Publications, c.1960.

Recipes from Brennan’s, Arnaud’s, Galatoire’s, et al., but also with some interesting history, incl. a chapter on Louisiana Sugar Cane Molasses. Fading to wrappers, else about very good. $35.


Rombauer, Irma S. The Joy of Cooking.

Jacket. First Edition, Second Large Printing. Affectionately inscribed & signed by Irma Rombauer to Mary Morrison on front free endpaper. Jacket poor, in pieces and with old tape & pieces lacking; rear joint cracking, with p. 627-628 chipped and detached but attached with old pin to rear flyleaf, else good. $600. SOLD


(Philadelphia) Thos. C. Fluke & Co. Groceries and Table Delicacies: Catalogue and Price List, November 1906. 48 pp. • Another copy. January 1907.

48 pp. Printed wrappers. Philadelphia: 1906-07. From prunes to root beer, jarred California white cherries to raspberry vinegar, Fluke’s grocery store carried just about everything a turn-of-the-century gourmand could want. Vol. I with burn mark to front wrapper, else good; other very good. $65.


Allen, Lucy G. Choice Candy Recipes.

Illus. from photographs. Blue cloth lettered in orange. First Edition. Boston: Little, Brown, 1930.

A touch of sunning to spine, else very good and bright, with recipes for ginger caramels, raisin bonbons, fresh strawberry fudge, and other delights from the heyday of American candy. $60.


Neil, Marion H. Candies and Bonbons and How to Make Them.

Illus. from photographs. Pictorial cloth. First Edition. Philadelphia: David McKay, 1913.

Very good condition, with candying instructions for making crystallized mint, rose, and violet leaves, chocolate rocks, ribbon creams, etc. $75.


(Ohio) Reliable Recipes for Hamilton House Keepers.

Printed wrappers. Hamilton, OH: News & Telegraph Publishing, 1889.

79, [2] ad pp. Recipes include green tea, orange marmalade, little pigs in blankets (which were oysters back then), chocolate caramel cake, corn dodgers, coffee, etc. Expected wear to wrappers, else good; scarce & not found in any of the usual references. $250.


Owen, Catharine. A Key to Cooking that will Unlock Many Kitchen Mysteries.

60 pp. Printed wrappers. First Edition. Springfield, MA: Clark W. Bryan, 1886.

Ms. Owen was a prolific cookbook author in the late 19th century, perhaps most famous for Catherine Owen’s New Cookbook, printed in 1885. This much-lesser known imprint in in neither Cagle nor Bitting. Very good; scarce. $200.


(Philadelphia) Miss Andrews. Choice Receipts Arranged for the Gas Stove.

110 pp. Brown cloth lettered in gilt. First Edition. Philadelphia: United Gas Improvement, 1893.

American recipes for newly available gas stoves, mostly owned by the elite of Philadelphia. Indian pudding, green turtle soup, bisque of crabs, roasted prairie chicken, and other lost heritage foods. A bit dusty, else very good. $100.


Cream of Wheat. Diamond Cook Book Compiled from Tested Recipes.

156, iv index pp. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. Minneapolis: Cream of Wheat Co., c.1910.

Near fine, with recipes for corn fritters, pork pie, Buckeye fried oysters, German chocolate cake, ginger cookies, etc. Near fine. $60.


Darrah, Juanita. Modern Baking Powder An Effective, Healthful Leavening Agent, including the occurrence of aluminum compounds in foods and their effect on health.

Illus. from photographs of grains. Gilt-lettered red cloth. First Edition. Chicago: Commonwealth Press, 1927.

A scientific look at the nutritious benefits of baking powder. Fascinating! $45.


(Florida) The Best Yet Cook Book: An Every Day Guide, for the Millions to Economical and Practical Cooking. Ads for Smyrna businesses throughout.

Printed wrappers. First Edition. New Smyrna, FL: 1906. Recipes for Jeff Davis pudding, orange cake, pork and beans, cove oyster salad, quince honey, Spanish pickles, etc. New Smyrna Beach occupies a notable place in history as the site of the largest single attempt a colonial settlement in what is now the United States. Dr. Andrew Turnbull, a Scottish physician and entrepreneur, obtained a grant of land from the British Crown. In 1768 he established a colony of 1,225 immigrants on the coastal plantations at New Smyrna, with a view toward the commercial production of such crops as corn, indigo, rice, hemp, and cotton. But for the next two decades, sugar plantations ruled the day, until Seminoles destroyed the town. Today, it is known for citrus and tourism, with a glistening beach. Slight warping to pages, staples rusting away, else about very good. Scarce. $100.


(Florida) The Ladies’ Guild of the Holy Cross Episcopal Church. Dainty Dishes.

46 pp. Scattered ads for Sanford businesses. First Edition. Sanford, FL: c.1915. In 1870, Henry Shelton Sanford purchased the land west of Mellonville. He planned a new city "the Gate City of South Forida," which he believed would become the transportation hub for all of southern Florida. Mr. Sanford's greatest interest in Florida was the development of Belair, a citrus grove and experimental garden near Sanford. More than 140 varieties of citrus, including the Valencia orange, were tested for adaptability to the Florida climate. By the first decade of the 20th century, Sanford was one of the largest vegetable shipping centers in the United States, and received the nickname "Celery City" for the most successful crop. Recipes reflect the diverse population: Mexican chocolate, Calabaza dulce, hot tamales, chop suey, cocoanut cream candy, stuffed dates, ground peanut candy, shrub of nectar, Jamaica ginger beer, etc. Fine. $75.


(Florida) Harris, Frances Barber. Florida Salads.

Jacket. First Edition. Jacket. First Edition. Jacksonville: Frances B. Harris, 1918.

Fine in very good, scarce jacket: alligator pear salad, Mayport crab salad, Florida pecan sandwiches, etc. $65.


(Florida) Coachman, Jessie Candler. Mrs. Coachman’s Florida Recipes.

Cloth-backed dec. boards, paper cover label. First Edition. Clearwater: Kumquat Sweet Shop, 1938.

Guava jelly meringue, orange blossom honey nut bread, grapefruit julep, Florida punch, etc. Heavy emphasis on citrus recipes. Very good. $75. SOLD

(Georgia) Dennis, Annie. The New Annie Dennis Cook Book: A Compendium of Popular Household Recipes for the Busy Housewife.


447 pp. Cloth. Atlanta: Mutual Publishing, 1901. An early, important work on Georgia cookery, with regional recipes for rice waffles, hominy waffles and grits, Old Virginia loaf bread, Southern negus (a cherry & currant concoction), artichoke pickle, peach short cake, etc. First published in 1893. Fair to good condition with worn covers, but with some wonderful manuscript recipes in contemporary pencil hand to endpapers, for sponge cake, custard cake, etc. Lacking front free endpaper. $75.

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(Georgia) Dennis, Annie. The New Annie Dennis Cook Book: A Compendium of Popular Household Recipes for the Busy Housewife.

358 pp. Pictorial cloth. Revised Edition. Atlanta: Mutual Publishing, 1905.

Fair condition only, with wear and discoloration to covers, brittle pages, etc., however rare and complete with recipes for Southern delights like peach cake, pigs’ feet, shrimp fritters, blackberry shrub, watermelon pickles (and dozens of other pickles), etc. $60.


(Georgia) Home Dept. of the Ladies’ Missionary Society of the Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Ga. The Southern Housekeeper, a Book of Tested Recipes.

139, [9] ad pp. , [10] “Fragments” pp. with manuscript recipes in contemporary pencil hand. First Edition. Atlanta: Franklin Printing, 1898.

Orig. gilt-lettered brown cloth, professionally rebacked with orig. spine strip laid-on, corners repaired. One of the earliest mentions of the PB sandwich was in The Southern Housekeeper, an Atlanta cookbook which featured recipes for Smothered chicken,, Saratoga Chips (potato chips) and an advertisement for a new beverage called Coca-Cola. Manuscript recipes in rear include Peach Shortcake, chopped pickle, Japanese cake, etc. Rubbing to covers but nicely restored and quite rare. $600.


Parsons, Florence Crosby, ed. Every Woman’s Home Cook Book: An Economical, Practical Guide for the Twentieth Century Housekeeper.

Pictorial boards. Chicago: L.W. Walter, 1911.

Doughnuts, blueberry cakes, watermelon preserve, grandmother’s baked beans, and other American standards. Some spots to browned pages, else very good. $65.


(Preserving) Cruess, William V. Home and Farm Preservation.

Illus. from photographs. Green cloth. First Edition. NY: Macmillan, 1918.

Canning fruits, salting and pickling, preserving meat, drying fruit, making relishes – all covered herein! Fine. $75.


(Bread) Mace, Jean. The History of a Mouthful of Bread and its Effect on the Organization of Men and Animals.

Trans. From the French Mrs. Alfred Gatty. Gilt-lettrered cloth. First American Edition. NY: Harper & Bros., 1868.

A scientific book for children and adults on food’s effects on various organs. Very good. $75.

(Bread) Jago, William. Bread-Shop Practice: First Principles of the Science of Baking.


Frontis. port. & wood engravings. Dec. red cloth. First Edition. Chicago: Bakers' Helper Co., 1923.

Jago wrote some of the most important early 20th c. books on the art and science of bread-making. Very good. $95.

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(Bread) Richards, Paul. Baker's Bread.

Frontis. port. of the author. Green cloth. First Edition. Chicago: Bakers' Helper, 1906.
Chapters include rye bread, buns and rusks, doughnuts, muffins & griddle cakes, zwieback and stollen, etc. A bit of insect damage to covers, else very good. $60. SOLD

(Bread) Dunlap, F.L. White Versus Brown Flour.

Gilt-lettered blue cloth. First Edition. N.p.: Wallace & Tiernan, 1945.
A mid-century discussion of a much-discussed topic, with charts and tables promoted darker grains. A bit of insect damage to covers, else very good. $45.

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(Bread) Jago, William. The Technology of Bread-making, including the Chemistry and Analytical and Practical Testing of Wheat Flour and Other Materials Emplyed in Bread-Making and Confectionery.

Illus. with drawings and charts. Cloth. First Edition. NY: Bakers' Helper, 1921.
Jago was an important figure in 19th century breadmaking, and helped us understand the sceence behind the art of baking bread. Rubbing to spine ends & corners, else very good. $200.

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(Confectionery) Wehman, Henry J. Confectioner’s Guide and Assistant; or A Complete Instruction in the Art of Candy Making.


124 pp. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. N.p.: Henry Wehman, 1905.

With wonderful illustrations advertising other books by the same publisher in rear. Lemon caramels, fig creams, barley sugar tablets, maraschino ice cream, and other popular turn-of-the-century American candies. Near fine; scarce, and with several period pamphlets from other candy companies laid-in. WorldCat shows just 2 copies in U.S. libraries. $200.

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(Confectionery) Ragsdale, W. Hillyer. Ragsdale’s Original Scientific Course of Candy Manufacturing

Instructions. 4 vols. Portfolio size with metal screw hinges at tops. Mimeographed long sheets. East Orange, NJ: Ragsdale Candies, c. 1920’s.

With ephemera from the company advertising various supplies and equipment, with order forms, and T.pc.s. to a prospective student. Very good, chock full of information for the aspiring professional candymaker. $150.

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(Confectionery) Enos, Cal. O. Candy Makers’ Manual for the Household.


74 pp. Printed dec. rust-colored wrappers. First Edition. Colorado City, CO: Cal Enos, 1905.

Yankee Honey Caramels, Rum Cordials, Wild Cherry Drops, Original Chewing Taffy, etc. Very good, with order form and publisher’s ephemera laid-in. Rare; WorldCat shows just 1 copy in a U.S. library. $150.

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(Confectionery) Anon. Candy Making at Home by One Who Has Tried It.


96 pp. Chromotlihograph pictorial wrappers. Second Edition, revised and enlarged. Minneapolis: Buckeye Printing, 1885.

American candymaking in the Victorian era included a penchant for lozenges, stick candy, bon bons, caramels, etc. Most importantly, this volume gives instruction in graining sugar, making extracts and artificial colors, etc. at home. Spot to lower front wrapper, else very good and extremely scarce; WorldCat shows just 2 copies in U.S. libraries. $300.

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(Confectionery) Leonard, Iris F. & Dorit Weigert. The Iridor Complete Candy Making Course.


6 vols., 1 in cloth-backed boards, others in wrappers, all orange & black, encased in black portfolio. Illus. from photographs of candymaking, as well as storefronts of various successful candy shops in New York and New Jersey. . NY: G.P. Putnam’s, 1931.

Vols. Include and introductory volume, “Bonbons and other Cream Candies,” “Glace and Hard Candies,” “Caramels and other Chewing Candies,” “Chocolates,” and “The Iridor Business Manual.” Very good to fine, with original letters of introduction, order forms, etc. A fantastic set. $120.

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(Confectionery) Bookmeyer, Mary B. Candy and Candy-making.


Illus. from photographs. Jacket. First Edition. [Omaha]: Chas. Bennett, 1929.

Near fine, with candy recipes for American favorites like lollypops [sic], nut bon-bons, butterscotch, hoarhound candy, etc. $40. SOLD

(Confectionery) White Stokes Book of Candy Formulas.


64 pp. Illus. with color images of chocolates, nut bars, nougats, etc. Stiff printed wrappers. Chicago: White Stokes, 1918.

Near fine, with candy recipes by leading candy makers of the day. $60.

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Austin, Thomas, ed. Two Fifteenth-Century Cookery-Books: HARLEIAN MS. 279 (AB. 1430), & HARL. MS. 4016 (AB. 1450), with Extracts from ASHMOLE MS. 1429, LAUD MS. 553, & DOUCE MS. 55.


First Edition. London: Early English Text Society, 1888.

 * Another copy. Second Edition. London: Early English Text Society, 1964. Both bound in cloth. Very good condition. $150 together.

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Apicius. Caelii Apicii De opsoniis et condimentis sive arte coquinaria libri X. Cum lectionibus variis atque indice edidit Joannes Michael Bernhold.


xiv, [2], 230 pp. Period vellum, hand-lettered spine. Marcobraitae : Joan. Val. Knenlein, 1787.

The foods described in the book are useful for reconstructing the dietary habits of the ancient world around the Mediterranean, but the recipes are geared for the wealthiest classes, and a few contain what were exotic ingredients at that time (e.g., flamingo). This is the last edition of Apicius to reprint the 1542 Humelberg text, and therefore closes the Renaissance tradition for the author. Joannes Michael Bernhold (1736-97) was, according to the Oxford Journal, a relatively obscure German physician who published several works. In his introduction, he claims that the editor of this edition, while not listed on the title page, was Andreas Goetz of Nuremberg (1698-1780); in any case, either of the editors seemed to follow Martin Lister’s lead. Darkening to spine, else near fine. Two copies located in world libraries. $950.

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Dumas, Alexandre. Petit Dictionnaire de Cuisine.


[4], iii, [1], 819 pp. Contemporary ¾ olive green levant morocco & marbled boards, gilt-lettered & tooled spine, raised bands, t.e.g. First Edition. Paris: Alphonse Lemerre, 1882.

An abridged version of Dumas' monumental ''Grand dictionnaire de cuisine'' (1873), containing only the recipes and dispensing with the commentary, history and anecdotes. Minor browning to joints, else near fine in lush, Riviere-like binding. $850.

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Cookery as it Should Be; a New Manual of the Dining Room and Kitchen, for Persons in Moderate Circumstances…by A Practical Housekeeper, and pupil of Mrs. Goodfellow.


362, [12] ad pp. Illus. with wood engravings. Pictorially blindstamped brown cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Seventh Edition, revised & enlarged. Philadelphia: J.W. Bradley, 1859.

Foxing, else very good, with classic American recipes for New Orleans Gumbo, Rye Cake, Baltimore Ginger-bread, Apple Corn Meal Pudding, Peach Pot Pie, Ragout of Rabbits, Southern Ochra Soup (and Northern Ochra Soup, for good measure), etc. Printed on the eve of the Civil War, the regional American recipes herein take on special significance. $250.

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Wayland, Virginia & Harold. Of Carving, Cards & Cookery or the Mode of Carving at the Table as Represented in a Pack of Playing Cards

Originally Designed & Sold By Joseph & James Moxon, London 1676-7, Together with Divers Recipes for Excellent Dishes of Flesh, Fish, Fowl & Baked Meat.


122pp. Illus. with 52 tipped-in reproductions of playing cards printed in 17th c. by Jos. & Jas. Moxon, opposite a discourse on the card's illustration (turkey, pheasant, hare pie, etc.). Faux vellum over boards, in red cloth-covered slipcase. No. 92 of 275 copies printed on Arches heavy buff laid mold-made paper. Arcadia, CA: Racoon Press: 1962. Fine; a lovely book. $150. SOLD

Harrison, Mrs. Sarah. The House-keeper’s Pocket-Book; and Compleat Family Cook. Containing Above Seven Hundred Curious and Uncommon Receipts, in Cookery, Pastry, Preserving, Pickling, Brewing, Baking, Made Wines, &c.

168 pp. Copper-engraved frontis. of a woman in her kitchen, plating a dish in front of a roaring fire. Period calf, expertly rebacked in matching calf, leather spine label. London: Thomas Martin, 1783. Bitting p.217. Near fine, smaller format version of above. $400.

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Blencowe, Ann. The Receipt Book of Mrs. Ann Blencowe, A.D. 1694.

Intro. by George Saintsbury.Gilt-lettered boards, jacket. No. 120 of 650 copies. London: The Adelphi, Guy Chapman, 1925.
A recipe book typifying the cookbooks of the 17th century in England, with recipes for Cowslip Wine, Honeycomb Cakes, Flummery, etc. Near fine. Bitting p.44. $145.

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Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, ed. The Feasts of Autolycus: The Diary of a Greedy Woman.

Woodcut title page. Gilt-lettered Art Nouveau-dec.. green & red cloth. First Edition. London & NY: John Lane & Merriam, 1896.
Pennell's place in the literary history of cooking and eating has recently been reappraised, as she "paved the way for food writers such as Elizabeth David, M. F. K. Fisher, and Jane Grigson," according to Jacqueline Block Williams. Pennell "aimed to reconfigure meals as high art, employing the language of aestheticism to turn eating into an act of intellectual appreciation." Rubbing to spine ends and a bit to corners; bookplate to front free endpaper, else very good and bright; scarce. $300.

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(New York) Rector, George. The Girl from Rector's.

Orange cloth. First Edition. NY: Doubleday, Page, 1927. George Rector was a restaurateur, raconteur and food authority who wrote several cookbooks in the 1920s and 1930s. He and his father ran restaurants in New York and Chicago, including a Rector's on Broadway, which was known for serving celebrities in the early 20th century. Fine. $75.   SOLD

Marshall, Mrs. A.B. Mrs. A.B. Marshall’s Larger Book of Extra Recipes.


656 pp. Frontis. gravure port. Profusely illus. with wood engravings. 10x6 ¼, later half red calf & cloth, gilt-tooled spine, morocco spine label. First Edition. London: Marshall’s School of Cookery and Simpkin Marshall Hamilton Kent & Co., [1891].

"An entrepreneur, innovator, and inventor, Agnes Marshall was probably the foremost Victorian cookbook writer, and made unique contributions to the development of ices and ice cream. She apparently originated the edible ice-cream cone. [Her] Larger Cookery Book of Extra Recipes, as much a prestige publication as a practical cookbooks, and aimed at the haute cuisine end of the market." (Alice Arndt. Culinary Biographies, p. 257-8). Bitting p.310. A bit of foxing, later endpapers, else near fine; a substantial volume of Victorian-era cookery. $450.

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Marshall, Mrs. A.B. Mrs. A.B. Marshall’s Larger Book of Extra Recipes.


656 pp. Frontis. gravure port. Profusely illus. with wood engravings. 10x6 ¼, orig. gilt-lettered green cloth. London: Marshall’s School of Cookery and Simpkin Marshall Hamilton Kent & Co., [c.1890’s].

"An entrepreneur, innovator, and inventor, Agnes Marshall was probably the foremost Victorian cookbook writer, and made unique contributions to the development of ices and ice cream. She apparently originated the edible ice-cream cone. [Her] Larger Cookery Book of Extra Recipes, as much a prestige publication as a practical cookbooks, and aimed at the haute cuisine end of the market." (Alice Arndt. Culinary Biographies, p. 257-8). Bitting p.310. A bit of foxing, later endpapers, else near fine; a substantial volume of Victorian-era cookery. $350.

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(Golden Cockerel Press) Swift, Jonathan. Directions to Servants.


Illus. with wood-block cuts by John Nash. Quarter vellum & green boards, gilt-lettered spine. No. 230 of 350 copies printed by A.C. Cooper for the Golden Cockerel Press. Berkshire: Golden Cockerel Press, 1925.

Swift began this essay in 1731, and by the time he died 14 years later, it was still unfinished (he was busy). Irregular fading to boards, else very good, with gorgeous illustrations by Nash. $250.

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Brillat-Savarin. The Handbook of Dining; or, Corpulence and Leanness Scientifically Considered. Comprising the art of dining on correct principles consistent with easy digestion, the avoidence of corpulency, and the cure of leanness; together with special remarks - on these subjects.


Translated by Leonard Francis Simpson. Purple cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Second Edition. London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green, 1864. x, 170, 32 ad pp. According to James Cummins, this is a ”selective translation of the Physiologie du Goût that by its emphasis on reducing reveals many of the culinary and dietary preoccupations of the day.” First published in 1859.

Sunning to spine; period armorial bookplate, else very good. Bitting p. 437 (for 1859 London ed.); Cagle & Stafford 104; Wheaton and Kelly 855. $450.

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[Philp, Robert Kemp]. The Family Save-All: A System of Secondary Cookery supplying excellent dishes for breakfast, luncheon, dinner, and supper from cold and other fragments: with invaluable hints for economy in the use of every article of household consumption.


Gilt-stamped blindstamped green cloth. London: W. Kent, 1861.

The “Invaluable Hints” section provides handy advice such as “Avoid Arsenical Green Paper Hangings” and “Ale and Beer Brewed in a Tea Kettle.” The recipe section is diverse, with instruction on making everything from “Various Ways of Cooking and Serving Sweetbreads” and “An Excellent Pie from the Remains of a Calf’s Head,” to “Mint and other Vinegars for Culinary Purposes.” Profit & loss charts are even provided for the raising of poultry. Fading to spine, else about very good. $95.

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[Philp, Robert Kemp]. The Family Save-All: A System of Secondary Cookery supplying excellent dishes for breakfast, luncheon, dinner, and supper from cold and other fragments: with invaluable hints for economy in the use of every article of household consumption.


Modern ¾ red morocco & cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Twelfth Thousand. London: Houlston & Wright, 1869.

The “Invaluable Hints” section provides handy advice such as “Avoid Arsenical Green Paper Hangings” and “Ale and Beer Brewed in a Tea Kettle.” The recipe section is diverse, with instruction on making everything from “Various Ways of Cooking and Serving Sweetbreads” and “An Excellent Pie from the Remains of a Calf’s Head,” to “Mint and other Vinegars for Culinary Purposes.” Profit & loss charts are even provided for the raising of poultry. Fading to spine, else about very good. $95.

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[Rundell, Maria Eliza Ketelby]. The New Family Receipt-Book, Containing Seven Hundred Truly Valuable Receipts in Various Branches of Domestic Economy.


xliii, [1], 419, [1] ad pp. Period ¾ calf & marbled boards, morocco spine label. London: Squire & Warwick for John Murray, 1810.

There are 28 chapters covering many fields, including numerous recipes and food preservation, cleaning and preservation of household items; the cleaning of prints and books, the making of marbled paper; raising canaries; raising livestock; extermination; and household remedies for injuries and disease. According to Anne Willan in The Cookbook Library, Mrs. Rundell was the leader of a new movement of books on household economy for the Victorian home. “The tone of these books continued to be encouraging but tinged with the self-righteousness that was to characterize Victorian culture.” A bit of rubbing, else very good; a scarce title in first edition. $800.

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[Kitchiner, William]. The Cook’s Oracle; containing Receipts for Plain Cookery on the Most Economical Plan for Private Families; also the Art of Composing the Most Simple and Most Highly Finished Broths, Gravies, Soups, Sauces, Store Sauces, and Flavoring Essences: Pastry, Preserves, Puddings, &c. and an Easy, Certain, and Economical Process for preparing Pickles in which they will be ready in a fortnight, and remain good for years.


xii, 371 pp. Period calf, morocco spine label. Early American Edition, preceeded by editions of 1822 and 1823 in various American cities. NY: Evert Duyvkinck, George Long, E. Bliss & E. White, 1825.

The most famous of Kitchiner's numerous cookery books, The Cook's Oracle first appeared in 1817 and went through many editions, even after his death. It was written in a down-to-earth style, and demonstrated Kitchiner's familiarity with the entire process, from shopping, through preparing and serving the dishes, to cleaning up. It was an acknowledged source of inspiration for Mrs Beeton, and was mined by the writers of other household guides.” -ODNB. This American edition was taken from the fifth English edition. Bitting p.262. Rubbing and cracking to leather binding; foxing, good. $400.

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[Brotherton, Martha]. Vegetable Cookery, with an Introduction Recommending Abstinence from Animal Food & Intoxicating Liquors, by a Member of the Bible Christian Church.


Xix, 363 pp. Copper-engraved title page. Period cloth, original paper spine label. Third Edition. London: Horatio Phillips & Clark, et al., 1829. First published in 1821.

According to Sherrie Inness’ Secret Ingredients: Race, Gender, and Class at the Dinner Table, Joseph Brotherton helped lay the early groundwork for vegetarianism in England, and his wife helped: “From its inception, the British movement was aided by many women. For example, Brotherton’s wife, Martha Harvey Brotherton, published Vegetable Cookery…If more people were vegetarians, she declared, it would ‘prevent much cruelty…and disease, besides many other evils that cause misery in society.’” However, her book was roundly criticized by Thomas Hood, a well-regarded reviewer of the day: “The hint is clearly taken from Grimaldi’s old stage trick of building up a man of vegetables, and the authoress has wisely, or more herbally speaking, sagely, endeavoured to apply pantomime practice to real every-day life, and to support the human body with sour-krout, onions, parsneps, and split-peas.” Last 2 leaves (3 pages of index) are replaced with facsimiles, binding solid but rubbed and discolored; front free endpaper lacking, foxing, thus good. Scarce. Bitting p.613. $750.

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[Brotherton, Martha]. Vegetarian Cookery, by a Lady. Intro. explanatory of the principles of vegetarianism by James Simpson.

Cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Seventh Edition. London: Fred. Pitman, 1882. First published in 1821.

According to Sherrie Inness’ Secret Ingredients: Race, Gender, and Class at the Dinner Table, Joseph Brotherton helped lay the early groundwork for vegetarianism in England, and his wife helped: “From its inception, the British movement was aided by many women. For example, Brotherton’s wife, Martha Harvey Brotherton, published Vegetable Cookery…If more people were vegetarians, she declared, it would ‘prevent much cruelty…and disease, besides many other evils that cause misery in society.’” Fading to spine, faint discoloration to front cover, else very good. $120.

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Francatelli, Charles Elme. The Modern Cook; A Practical Guide to the Culinary Art in All its Branches.

xv, 560 pp. Illus. incl. steel-engraved frontis. Stippled green cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Seventeenth Edition, Revised & Enlarged. London: Richard Bentley, 1867.
Shelfwear; a bit of discoloration to frontis., else about very good. Francatelli (1805-1876) studied in France under Careme and later became the chief cook to Queen Victoria. $150.

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[GRIMOD DE LA REYNIÈRE (ALEXANDRE BALTHAZAR LAURENT)]. Manuel des amphitryons; contenant Un Traité de la Dissection des viandes à table, la Nomenclature des Menus les plus nouveaux pour chaque saison, et des Elémens de Politesse gourmande. Ouvrage indispensable à tous ceux qui sont jaloux de faire bonne chère.


Illus. with 17 copper-engraved plates showing carving, & wonderful frontis. depicting an ortolan speared on a fork. Period, perhapseven original, wrappers. Paris. Capelle et Renand., 1808.

Grimod de la Reynière was one of the world's first food reviewers and restaurant critics. Scathing and witty in his observations, he wrote the "Manual for Hosts" ("Manuel des Amphitryons") in 1808, and published the annual "L'Almanach des gourmands" for several years in the early 1800s in Paris. In 1803, Grimod had hit upon the idea of doing a food lover's almanac, and did indeed start one; it was very successful. From 1803 to 1812, he published eight volumes of L'Almanach des gourmands, one a year. The books were both food criticism and restaurant guides. As a way of doing research for the almanac, nearly every Wednesday he invited twelve friends for dinners which lasted up to five hours. During the meals, they tasted food sent to them by caterers, and judged it. Their opinions would ruin many chefs and fledgling restaurants. One restaurant he did approve of heartily was "Véry", on the Palais-Royal next to the Louvre. In 1808 -- Grimod published the "Manual for Hosts" ("Manuel des Amphitryons"), based on material from the Almanacs published so far. It provided a guide to restaurants which were appearing for the first time in history. Very good; scarce. $2,500.

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Salles, Prosper & Prosper Montagne. La Grande Cuisine Illustree.


533 pp. Illus. with wood engravings by V. Morin. Quarter morocco & cloth, gilt-lettered & tooled spine. First Edition. Monaco: A. Chene, 1900.

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, "After Carême, the two men who probably had the greatest impact on French gastronomy and that of the world at large were Prosper Montagné and Georges-Auguste Escoffier. Montagné was one of the great French chefs of all time, and he achieved a secure place in gastronomic history by creating Larousse Gastronomique (1938), the basic encyclopaedia of French gastronomy." A bit of rubbing to extremities, else very good. $500.

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Murrey, Thomas. The Book of Entrees.

Cloth-backed chromolithograph boards. First Edition. NY: White, Stokes & Allen, 1886.
Broiled Veal Cutlet with Sorrel, Soft-shell crabs, Curry of Ells with Rice, Boiled Tongue with Spatzen, etc. Discoloration to front cover, some rubbing to extremities, else good. $85.

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Murrey, Thomas. Puddings and Dainty Desserts.

Cloth-backed chromolithograph boards. First Edition. NY: White, Stokes & Allen, 1886.
Deviled chestnuts, cocoanut cake, rum omelet, cold apple pudding, and even "After-dinner Croutons" (!). Very faint stains to covers, else very good. Charming; who could resist the pug? $150.

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Murrey, Thomas. Breakfast Dainties.

Cloth-backed chromolithograph boards. First Edition. NY: White, Stokes & Allen, 1885.
Maize Muffins, Spanish Omelet, Baked Apples, Fried Smelts, and coffee, are just some of the breakfast dainties herein. A bit of rubbing to extremities & front board, else very good & bright. $120.

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Murrey, Thomas. Cookery for Invalids.

Cloth-backed chromolithograph boards. First Edition. NY: White, Stokes & Allen, 1887.
In addition to the usual invalid meals (lots of gruel and beef broth), there are recipes for scallop broth, stewed tripe with oysters, pigs' feet, and even sherry and egg. Rubbing to covers and extremities, else good. $120.

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Murrey, Thomas. Oysters and Fish.

Cloth-backed chromolithograph boards. Second Edition. NY: Frederick Stokes, 1889.
Wonderful cover illustration of a young chef at his stove, with lettering in the shape of oysters and fish. Philadelphia Fried Oysters, Clam Fritters, Stwed Lobster a la Creole, Brook Trout Sportsman Style, etc. Fading to cover illustration, some rubbing to extremities, else good. $80.

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Murrey, Thomas. Practical Carving.

Cloth-backed chromolithograph boards. First Edition. NY: Frederick Stokes, 1887.
One of the rarer in the series, with instructions on carving and butchering. Very good and bright. $200.

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Filippini. 100 Ways of Cooking Eggs.

Oblong pictorial cloth. First Edition. NY: Charles Webster, 1892. Omelet au Kirsch, Eggs a la Bonne Femme, Kidney Omelet, Eggs with Truffles, etc. Soiling to cloth, else very good. $95. SOLD

(Ice Cream) Heller, B. Heller’s Guide for Ice-Cream Makers.


Illus. throughout with wonderful period drawings illustrating various types of ice cream desserts. Gilt-lettered black cloth. Chicago: B. Heller & Co., 1918.

Each ice cream or ice cream dessert lays out the amount of butter fat, and most illustrations depict young couples courting around ice cream fountains. Charming. Rubbing to extremities, else very good. $150.

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(Ice Cream) Miller, Val. Standard Recipes for Ice Cream Makers, Wholesale and Retail.


Illus. with frontis. photo of the interior of an early ice cream fountain, and with drawings throughout of large-scale production, sample order sheets, etc. Pictorial boards. First Edition. Chicago: Laird & Lee, 1909.

Published for the trade, just as ice cream fountains were taking off in the United States. Very good. $95.

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(Ice Cream) Kist Formula Book and Week-end Specials for Ice Creams, Ices and Sherbets.

56 pp. Wrappers. First Edition. Chicago: Citrus Products Co., 1925.
We think we're inventive, but 1925 was the heyday of American ice cream, with recipes for Chocolate Malted Grapenut Ice Cream, Loganberry Pineapple Fruit Ice, etc. General wear, stain to upper margins of last few pages, else about very good. $30. SOLD


Francatelli, Charles Elme. The Cook's Guide and Housekeeper's & Butler's Assistant : A Practical Treatise on English and Foreign Cookery in all Its Branches; containing plain instructions for pickling and preserving vegetables, fruits, game etc., The curing of ham and bacon, The art of confectionery and ice-making , and the arrangement of desserts. With valuable directions for the preparation of proper diets for invalids; also for a variety of wine-cups and epicurean salads, American drinks, and summer beverages.

Illus. with wood engravings & steel-engraved frontis port. Original dec. cloth, gilt-lettered spine. London: Richard Bentley & Son, 1877.
American cocktails include the gin-sling, brandy-smash, mint julep, knickerbocker, St. Charles, etc. Short tears to cloth along hinges, else very good. With armorial bookplate of Philpot Brookes. $75.

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(New York) McClelland, Alice Wilder, ed. Harmony Circle Cook Book: A Collection of Choice Tested Recipes, contributed by the members and their friends.

Illus. with frontis. facsimile of a handwritten recipe on Pyster Bay, Long Island stationery, and with ads for New York food businesses in rear. Pictorial cloth. First Edition. NY: c.1900.

Lobster Bisque, Brunswick Stew (with squirrels), Blueberry Charlotte, Christmas Pudding, etc. A bit of fading to spine & rubbing to extremities, else very good; charming. $95.

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Morris, Josephine. Household Science and Arts.

Illus. with color plates of Boston meat cuts. Pictorial cloth. First Edition. NY: American Book Co., 1913.
American recipes and techniques for Boston brown bread, orange frosting, etc., and with incredible color plates with Boston meat cuts. Hand-made library pocket to front pastedown, with offset to facing page. Very good. $35.

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(Preserving) Preserving Foodstuffs by Quick Freezing and Refrigeration.

Illus. from photographs & charts. Gilt-lettered maroon cloth. First Edition. NY: Food Industries, 1931.
A report from the early days of freezing and refrigeration for long-distance transport of foods in America. Very good. $45.

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(Maryland) Stieff, Frederick Philip. Eat, Drink & Be Merry in Maryland: An Anthology from a Great Tradition.

Illus. by Edwin Tunis. Jacket. First Edition. NY: G.P. Putnam's,1932.
Heritage recipes of Maryland contributed by restaurants and individuals give deep insight into the native foods of the state. Along with recipes for things like Crab Flake Maryland, Southern Fried Chicken, Maryland Rice Bread, Federal Cake, numerous cocktails and preserves, etc., there are entire chapters on oysters, terrapin, and game. Also, descriptions of how to deal with foods possibly unfamiliar to the reader, such as hard-shelled crabs, cooking Diamond-back terrapin, how to get started on a bear steak, etc. Chipping & short tears to jacket, still very good and bright. $75. SOLD


Brillat-Savarin. Gastronomy as Fine Art or The Science of Good Living.


Translated by R.E. Anderson. Cloth-backed marbled boards, gilt-lettered spine. London: Chatto & Windus, 1889.

Piece of cloth lacking from spine head, fading to spine, else good. $75.

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Mowat, Jean. Economy Cook Book: Meals for Small Families.


Illus. with amusing drawings. Jacket. First Edition. Chicago: Laidlaw Bros., 1929.

Near fine, with economical recipes for egg timbales, peanut penuche, molasses taffy, fried smelts, Florida cucumber, etc. $40.

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(WWI) City Dairy Patriotic Cook Book for the Army of Housewives.


32 pp. Pictorial large-format wrappers. Illus. in color. First Edition. Detroit: Frederick C. Mathews, c.1918.

Fish hash, mock salmon steak, corn-custard pudding, hominy-cheese fritters, etc. Near fine. $60.

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(WWI) Women's Committee, Council of National Defense. Patriotic Cook Book.

64 pp. Green wrappers. First Edition. Cleveland: Mayor's Advisory War Board, 1918.
Patriotic eating was defined by porkless, wheatless, meatless, and sugarless days; this book tells you how to conform to the new reality. Small piece of cover label lacking, else near fine. $40. SOLD

(WWI) Rush, Jane. ​The Cook Book.​


Printed in red & black. Gilt-stamped pictorial cloth. First Edition. Boston: Jane Rush, 1918.

Rush was the president of the Massachusetts Auxiliary, Navy Relief Society. Her cookbook is filled with economy recipes for corn muffins, peanut candy, kidneys on toast, and a variety of pastas, unusual for that era. Near fine. $75.

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(WWI - Michigan) Lady Maccabees. War Time Recipes.


64 pp. Illus. from photographs of instructions for sewing your son's uniform. Wrappers. First Edition. Ironwood, MI: Lady Maccabees, 1918.

A knitting guide titled "Summer Porch Work for War Bazaars" is laid-in. Recipes include Canada's War Cake, Riverside Drive Salad, Liberty Rocks, etc. Darkening to extremities, else very good. $30. SOLD

(WWI) Selected Recipes for Wartimes.

9 pp. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. N.p.: Calumet Baking Powder, 1918.

Corn-rye bread, peanut butter bread, Norwegian rye bread, etc. Very good. $20. SOLD

(WWI - Philadelphia) Hitchcock, Mrs. Nevada Davis. The Record War-time Cook Book.


Vertically oblong cloth. First Edition. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Record, 1918.

Blank pages interleaved for clippings. Oysters, hamburgers, nut and fruit puddings, beans, etc. Soiling, else about very good. $60.

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(WWI - Oklahoma) Woman's Committee of National Defense, Oklahoma City Division. A War Cook Book.


Pictorial boards. Second Edition. Oklahoma City: Woman's Committee of National Defense,1918.

War fare (sorry, I couldn't help myself) such as fruit cocktail with lemon ice and salmon loaf, but also with a large section on conservation canning. Chipping to boards along hinges; old newspaper recipes mounted to endpapers, pages brittle, joints starting, thus good only. Pamphlet titles "Dried Beans & Peas in Wartime Meals" laid-in. Scarce. $60. SOLD

(WWI) Evans, Mary Elizabeth. Mary Elizabeth's War Time Recipes.


Illus. incl. frontis. port., tissue guard. Cloth, paper cover label. First Edition. NY: Frederick Stokes, 1918.

Ms. Evans decided to only sell conservation food in her shop during the war, and received so many requests for her troop-saving recipes that she published this cookbook. Very good. $60.

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(WWI) Royal Baking Powder Co. How to Use Corn Meal, Oat Meal, Barley, Buckwheat, Potatoes, Rice, etc., and Save Wheat Flour. * Best War Time Recipes.


Together, 2 vols. Red, white & blue wrappers. First Edition. NY: Royal Baking Powder Co., 1918.

Naturally, these recipes lean heavily on Royal Baking Powder, including chocolate cake, corn meal griddle cakes, blueberry muffins, etc. Both books are identical except in title. Near fine. $60. SOLD

(WWI) Harrison, Grace Clergue & Gertrude Clergue. Allied Cookery: British, French, Italian, Belgian, Russian.


Intro. by Hon. Raoul Dandurand. Preface by Stephen Leacock & Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Pictorial boards. First Edition. NY: G.P. Putnam's, 1916.

Published in WWI to "aid the war sufferers in the devastated districts of France," this gem includes recipes for world cuisine, including Salmon Teriyaki (Japan), Ribs of Pork in Casserole (Serbian), and Ginger Ice-Cream (Canada). Rubbing to extremities, else very good. $60.

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(WWI) Belgian Relief Cook Book.


Binder-rung cloth-backed boards. First Edition. Philadelphia: Commission for Relief in Belgium, 1915.

An early WWI cookbook, with American recipes (lemon pie, waffles, dandelion salad, etc.) to benefit Belgian soldiers. Soiling, else very good, with original letter from the committee laid-in. Rare. $95. SOLD

(WWI) Bartlett, Marie M. Conservation Menus and Recipes.


34 pp. Wrappers. First Edition. Evanston, IL: 1918.

Full menus for Wheatless Days and Meatless Days. Small piece of upper corner lacking from rear wrapper, else very good. $40. SOLD

(WWI - Wyoming) Dept. of Home Ec, Univ. of Wyoming. War Ideas to Make You Healthy, Wealthy, Wise.


95 pp. Pictorial flexible cloth. First Edition. Laramie: Laramie Republican Co., 1918.

Preserving eggs, which cereals are patriotic, peas & beans as meat substitutes, etc. Very good and bright. $60. SOLD

(WWI) Le Cercle Français. Aunt Betty's Cook Book.


Duo-tone red & blue cloth. First Edition. Cincinnati: Bacharach Press, 1918.

Le Cercle Français was a sub-committee of the American Fund for French Wounded. Recipes include sweetbreads, mock turtle soup, tutti frutti punch, coffee jelly, French beets, barley scones, etc. Fine. $60.

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(WWI - Ohio) Galion Chapter, American Red Cross. Red Cross Cook Book.

64 pp. Illus. with ads from Galion businesses. Stapled wrappers. First Edition. Galion, OH: c.1918.
Butter scotch pie, oil pickles, Liberty carrots, Pocket's old Maryland bread, shredded wheat oysters, pecan steak (made entirely out of pecans), etc. Rubbing and wear, internal stains, good. $35. SOLD

(WWI) War Time Recipes.

18 pp. Illus. with drawings of soldiers in battle. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. New London: Mariners Savings Bank, c.1918.
Kafir corn & peanut cookies, conservation doughnut, soybean muffins, etc. One signature detached, some spots to wrappers, dog-earring to upper corners, else good. $20. SOLD

(WWI - Vermont) Terrill, Prof. Bertha, ed. Vermont Victory Recipes for War Cereal Foods.

16 pp. Wrappers. First Edition. Burlington: Burlington Flouring Co., c.1918. Recipes for New Victory Bread, Rhode Island Brown Bread, Southern Rice Bread, Berkshire Muffins, Barley Donuts, and other regional specialties. Very good. $25. SOLD

(WWI - California) Woman's Relief Corps Cook Book.

Illus. with ads for Santa Cruz businesses.Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. Santa Cruz: Wallace-Reynolds W.R.C. No. 57, c.1918. Cup Cakes, Snip Doodle, Apple Fritters, Water Cress Sandwiches, Stuffed Baked Tomatoes, and other tasty treats. Tape along spine, chip missing from rear wrapper, with short tears to last couple pages, else good. $30. SOLD

(WWII - Massachusetts) Lake Pleasant Woman's Club Cook Book.

38 pp. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. Turners Falls, MA: Franklin County Press, 1942-43. Local ads throughout. Mexican Mush, Salmon Chowder, Stuffed Beef Heart, Ginger Bread, etc. Fine. $30. SOLD

(WWII) American Women of Blockaded Berlin. Operation Vittles Cook Book.

Illus. from drawings and photographs of Berlin in wartime. Pictorial boards. First Edition. Berlin: 1949.
Compiled by the American women of blockaded Berlin, and “Dedicated to the happy group of wives who attempted to obtain American meals by slaying the dragons of language, old utensils, ovens sans thermometers, conflicting opinions, etc., ad infinitum….” Very good. $95.

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(WWI) Ladies of the Adjutant General's Dept. Adjutant General's Department Cook Book.

Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. Washington, DC: c.1918.

Numerous recipes incl. many for pickles and preserves and drinks: Green tomato pickle, pineapple pickle, ginger pear, mint punch, etc. Some soiling to covers, else very good. $40. SOLD

(WWII - New York) Gore, Michael, ed. 800 Ways to Save and Serve.


64 pp. Illus. by Rodlow Willard.

Suggestions for not just kitchen recipes, but rationing clothes, saving on soap, managing expenses, etc. 2" closed tear to lower front wrapper, else very good. $25.

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(WWI - Idaho) Johnson, Mrs. Ingrid N. War Economy Cook Book.

42 pp. Gilt-stamped stiff blue wrappers. First Edition. Coeur d'Alene, ID: 1918.

Potato pudding with apples, cod fish balls, fried pigeon, roast rabbit, and other wartime economy. Fine. $30. SOLD

(WWI) U.S. Food Administration; Frederic Haskin, ed. War Cook Book for American Women: Suggestions for Patriotic Service in the Home.

30 pp. Preliminary letter from Herbert Hoover. Tan wrappers. First Edition. [Washington, DC: USFA, 1917].

Service suggestions include: Join the Army Service; Keep Fit; Go Back to the Simple Life; Don't Try Dangerous Experiments, and other sage advice from our government. About fine. $30.

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(WWI) U.S. Food Administration. Food Saving and Sharing: Telling How the Older Children of America May Help Save from Famine their Comrades in Allied Lands Across the Sea.

Illus. incl. frontis. "Hunger Map of Europe." Dec. boards. First Edition. Garden City: Doubleday, Page, 1918. Piece of boards lacking from upper spine, rubbing to front cover; front free endpaper clipped, else very good. $45.

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(WWI - Indiana) Cook Book for Kitchen Patriots.

80 pp. Foreword by Woodrow Wilson, afterword by Herbert Hoover. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. Indiana: Food Conservation Committee of St. Joseph County, 1918.
Lessons on buying food, saving meat, saving fat and sugar, aid in planning meals, etc. Very good. $60. SOLD

(WWI - Arizona) Miami War Cook Book.

72 pp. Frontis. reprinted letter from Woodrow Wilson to Herbert Hoover. Stiff wrappers. First Edition. Miami, AZ: 1918.
War cake, fig sweet pickle, honey sandwich, Zuni Indian bread, corn pudding, succotash, etc. A bit of darkening to extremities, else near fine. $60. SOLD

(WWI) Doddridge, Amelia. Liberty Recipes.


Illus. from photographs. Gilt-lettered cloth. First Edition. Cincinnati: Stewart & Kidd, 1918.

Recipes for liberty include barley Parker House rolls, date pudding, pea and peanut salad, shepherd's pie, etc. Pencil notes to some recipes, else very good. $60.

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(WWI) Moore, Helen Watkeys. Camouflage Cookery: A Book of Mock Dishes.

Jacket. First Edition. NY: Duffield, 1918.

War-time demand for substitutions and mock dishes create a huge need for recipe books that provided instructions and inspiration. Mock chop suey, five variations on mock terrapin, mock squabs, even mock rabbit and mock caramel custard. Times were hard. Very good in good only jacket; newspaper article with mock recipe suggestions mounted to front free endpaper. $75.

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(WWI) Neil, Marion Harris. Dromedary War-time Recipes.

13 pp. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. NY: Hills Bros., 1917.
Dromedary sold dates, coconuts, and tapioca, so all the recipes herein focus on those ingredients. Near fine. $20. SOLD

(WWII) Great Bend Daily Tribune's Reporter of the Air Victory Cook Book.

Large pictorial wrappers. First Edition. Kansas: Christmas, 1942.
"Containing 1,500 tested sugar-saving, meat-saving, war time recipes and hints sent in by 1,500 Central Kansas women." Tamale Pie, rabbit, honey nut bread, pecan pie, etc. Very good. $45.

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(WWI) Emergency Cook Book.

50 pp. Stiff wrappers. Baltimore: War Food Bureau, Women's Civic League, March 1918.
Baked corn with clams, Boston brown bread, barley waffles, salt fish Cuban-style, hominy and chipped beef, etc. Very good, with binder's looped string attached to hang the cookbook in the kitchen. $45. SOLD

(WWI - Kentucky) Woman's Committee, Council of National Defense. War Cook Book: Every Kitchen is a Fort of National Defense.


108 pp. Wrappers. First Edition.

Wartime recipes for Southern kitchens: Cream of corn soup, peach conserve, carrot marmalade, pigs' feet, fried rabbit, Fayette war cake, Lincoln war cake, etc. Front wrapper detached, rear wrapper lacking, thus good only, but fascinating. $30. SOLD

(WWI - Brooklyn) Women's Auxiliary. Victory Memorial Cook Book.


Frontis. photo. Cloth. First Edition. Brooklyn, NY: Victory Memorial Hospital, 1920.

Philadelphia clam soup, graham pudding, Italienne spaghetti, Baltimore chicken, and other recipes for healing the wounded and sick. Some irregular fading to cloth; foxing, else very good. $40. SOLD

(WWI - Illinois) State Council of Defense. Official Recipe Book, Containing All Demonstrations Given During Patriotic Food Show: Chicago, January 5-13, 1918 - Win the War in the Kitchen.


72 pp. Foreword by Herbert Hoover. Pictorial wrappers. Chicago: Illinois State Council of Defense, 1918.

"It is the patriotic duty of every American woman to follow the advice and recipes contained in this book." Owner's names to front wrappers, general wear, else about very good. $30.

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(San Francisco) Koehler, Margaret H. Recipes from the Russians of San Francisco.

Illus. by Rudolf Czufin. Jacket. First Edition. Riverside, CT: Chatham Press, 1974.
Russian recipes with a history of Russians in San Francisco as the preface. Near fine. $35.

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(Preserving) Malcolm, Ola Powell. Lippincott's Home Manuals: Successful Canning and Preserving.

Illus. from photographs, incl. 6 color plates. Pictorial cloth. Fourth Edition, Revised & Enlarged. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1917. General shelf wear, else very good, with detailed instructions on preserving smack in the middle of WWI. $60.

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(Gill, Eric) Alexander, Russell George, ed. A Plain Plantain: Country Wines, Dishes, & Herbal Cures, from a 17th Century Household M.S. Receipt Book.


Illus. with 6 woodcut vignettes, three by Eric Gill, one each by David Jones and Desmond Chute and one anonymous. Original printed wrappers. Ditchling, Sussex: S. Dominic’s Press, 1922.

These recipes and household compounds are taken from a 1688 manuscript book written by Susanna Avery. Familiar household herbs and wildflowers are put to use almost poetically, as Alexander describes in his opening remarks: “In the Receipts printed in this book we may read of sprigs of Rosemary, Sweet Marjoram, Sweet Briar and Balm giving a savour to Mead, that drink made of Water & Honey; of Blue Violets ‘steeped in fair running water,’ for a Syrup….” Plantain was a weed used for healing sores and inflammations of the skin. Crease to upper front wrapper, else very good, with lovely printing and woodcuts. Taylor & Sewell A98d. Evan Gill 381. $225.

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Kaltenbach, Marianne. Cooking in Switzerland.

Illus. from wood engravings. Red gingham cloth, paper cover label. First Edition. Munster: Wolfgang Holker, 1989.
Charming book of recipes, with facsimile stains and hand-written notes to pages. Owner's inscription to ownership page, else near fine. $30. SOLD

Loeb, Robert H. How to Wine Friends and Affluent People: A Step-by-step Picture Cookbook.

Illus. in color by Jon Buelow. Jacket. First Edition. Chicago: Follett, 1965. Charming cartoons and advice from the author of Wolf in Chef's Clothing. Fine. $50. SOLD

Harrison, Mrs. Sarah. The House-keeper’s Pocket-Book; and Compleat Family Cook. Containing Above Seven Hundred Curious and Uncommon Receipts, in Cookery, Pastry, Preserving, Pickling, Brewing, Baking, Made Wines,

&c. 168 pp. Copper-engraved frontis. of a woman in her kitchen, plating a dish in front of a roaring fire. Period calf, expertly rebacked in matching calf, leather spine label.
London: Thomas Martin, 1783. Bitting p.217. Near fine, smaller format version of above. $400.

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(Pastry) Osborn, Mrs. Grace. Cakes of Quality: How to Make Them.

47 pp. Illus. Stiff wrappers. First Edition. Bay City, MI: C.F. Porter, 1919.
Detailed instructions for making Klondike Cake, My Mother's Coffee Cake, Mahogany Cake, etc. Orig. order form and pamphlet enclosed. Very good. $60.

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(Pastry) Alice Hotchkiss Crippen. The French Pastry Book.

Illus. from photographs. Jacket. First Edition. NY: Brentano's, 1926.
Inscribed & signed by Hotchkiss on front free endpaper. Near fine in fair jacket, with recipes for Yvettes, buche noel, marron mocha rounds, and other French favorites. $65. SOLD

(Pastry) Rorer, Sara T. Rorer's Cakes, Ices and Fillings.

Jacket. First Edition. Philadelphia: Arnold, 1905.
Devil's food cake, orange cream cake, Spanish buns, and my favorite, "Hit-or-Miss Cake". Near fine in fair jacket. $95.

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(Pastry) Brown, Susan Anna. The Book of Forty Puddings.

Cloth-backed chromolithograph boards. First Edition. NY: Scribner's 1882.
Golden pudding, baked blueberry pudding, Oxford Pudding, Miss Polly Dana's Pudding, and many more. Scratches and rubbing to covers, else good. Charming. $50. SOLD

(Pastry) Recipes for Fancy Cake Baking using Heide's Genuine Almond Paste, Kernel Paste, Marshmallow Cake Filler.

52 pp. Frontis. port. of Henry Heide. Printed wrappers. NY: Henry Heide, c.1915.
Almond wafers, Brighton biscuits, apricot kisses, Washington pound cake, etc. Very good. $45.

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Acton, Eliza. Modern Cookery, for Private Families, reduced to a System of Easy Practice, in a Series of Carefully Tested Receipts, in which the principles of Baron Liebig and other eminent writers have been as much as possible applied and explained.

643, [1], 24 ad pp. Profusely illus., incl. 8 steel-engraved plates. Orig. cloth, gilt-lettered & dec. spine. Revised & enlarged edition. London: Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1855.

Tears to cloth along hinges (repaired); later endpapers, else good. Wonderful illustrations. $200.

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(African American) Lustig, Lillie, Claire Sondheim & Sarah Rensel. The Southern Cook Book of Fine Old Recipes.

Illus. by H. Charles Kellum with drawings of stereotyped African Americans in the deep South, accompanied by “darkie” food rhymes. Wooden boards. First Edition. Reading: Culinary Arts Press, 1935.

Typical Southern recipes for Savannah Stewed Prunes, Fried Peaches, Georgian Style Sweet Potatoes, Dinah’sa Rice Croquettes, etc. One binding ring broken, else about fine. $150.

Beecher, Catherine E. Miss Beecher's Housekeeper and Healthkeeper: Containing Five Hundred Recipes for Economical and Healthful Cooking; also, Many Directions for Securing Health and Happiness.

482, 6 ad pp. Illus. with numerous wood engravings, especially showing house blueprints and healthy organs. Gilt-lettered brick cloth. First Edition. NY: Harper, 1873.

This volume embraces, in a concise form, many valuable portions of my other works on Domestic Economy, both those published by Harper and Brothers and those published by J. B. Ford and Co., together with other new and interesting matter. It is designed to be a complete encyclopaedia of all that relates to a woman's duties as housekeeper, wife, mother, and nurse. Recipes include preserved pumpkin, corn-meal pop-overs, strawberry ice-cream, rice chicken-pie, etc. Near fine. $125.

Beecher, Catherine E. & Harriet Beecher Stowe. The American Woman's Home: or, Principles of Domestic Science; being a Guide to the Formation and Maintenance of Economical, Healthful, Beautiful, and Christian Homes.

Engraved frontis. & title pages; numerous engravings within the text. Gilt-lettered & dec. pebbled green cloth, beveled edges. First Edition. NY: J.B. Ford, 1869.

This important manual on homemaking was co-written by the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin in an attempt to raise the housewife's role as a domestic to that of a professional by instructing them on a broad range of subjects including healthful foods, kitchen ventilation, stove and furnace knowledge, home decoration, domestic manners, infant care, social duties, etc. Catherine Beecher did not support the suffrage cause, but advocated a dedication to domestic science and education for women. Chipping to spine ends, else near fine and bright. Cagle 70. $250.

Harper, H.W. Universal Recipe Book, containing Recipes Valuable to Every Tradesman, Artist, Merchant, and Lady.

Four bright color ads for colognes and hair tonics. Gilt-lettered green cloth. First Edition. Boston: Geo. B. Oakes, 1869.

A manual of reference not only for housekeepers and orchard-keepers, but also, incongruously, for barbers and hairdressers. Advice on everything from keeping apples from freezing and training grape vines to making perfumed oils for hair, pomades for the cure of baldness, etc. About half the book is devoted to hair recipes and advice. General shelfwear, else good - unusual. $65.

(Japan) Protestant Missionary Society. Okusan’s Cook Book.

Illus. from photographs of the home ec. Dept. of the Hokusei Girls School. Dec. cloth, paper cover label. First Edition. Sapporo, Hokkaido: Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, c.1920.

This book has been compiled from the favorite recipes of the women at Camp Crawford and in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. It is an answer to the question, ‘May I have the recipe…,’ which you often hear at a morning coffee call, a tea or a dinner.” Unfortunately, the recipes desired were Pineapple Marshmallow Mousse, Chicken Spaghetti, Sauce for Stale Cake, etc. Still, a cool book, with come creasing to a couple middle pages but otherwise very good. $75.

Hale, Mrs. Sarah J. Mrs. Hale's New Cook Book: A Practical System for Private Families in Town and Country; with Directions for Carving, and Arranging the Table for Parties, etc. Also, Preparations of Food for Invalids and for Children.

[xvi]-526, [2] ad pp. Illus. with numerous wood engravings. Blindstamped brown cloth, gilt-lettered & pictorially stamped spine. Philadelphia: T.B. Peterson & Bros., [1872]. Copyright page is dated 1859, but an ad in rear is dated 1872.

Chipping to spine ends (particularly at hear), still very good, with a wealth of information about Civil War-era cooking. Mrs. Hale’s New Cook Book was written by one of the most well-known and prolific authors of the day. Sarah Josepha Hale sought to combine two of the most important trends in mid-19th century American culture: healthy living through a simple, hearty diet and frugality. Throughout the extensive work, Hale also promotes the importance of the role of housekeeping as the way “to make people love home and feel happy there.” With chapters such as Cookery for Children, Dinner Parties and Carving, and The Dairy, Mrs. Hale’s New Cook Book filled a void to provide middle class housekeepers a resource for healthy, simple, and inexpensive recipes. Some of the recipes included in this treasured tome include: almond sponge cake, pickled salmon, beef stew, sweet potato pudding, and Kringles. Besides recipes for wholesome food, the cookbook also contains tips for washing carpets, treating common ailments, smoking meats, cleaning household items, working with the helping, and more essential information for housekeepers of the mid-19th century. $200.

(Ohio) Household Journal. Aunt Jane's Cook Book.


64pp. Printed wrappers. First Edition. Springfield, OH: Central Publishing, 1909.

White Mountain Cake, Velvet Cake, Rhubarb Pie, Alice's Pie-Plant Pie, Cranberry Pie, Squirrel Stew, Broiled Woodcocks, Western Beef Soup, Peach Sherbet, and Green Tomato Chow-Chow are among the American recipes published by Springfield's Household Journal. Date of May 1913 in ink, and short tear, to upper front wrapper, else very good. $45.

Henderson, W.A. Common Sense in the Kitchen; being a complete treatise on the Art of Cooking Every Variety of Food in Common Use in a Palatable and Digestible Manner at a Reasonable Cost.


337, [1]; The New Family Receipt Book 3-58, [14] index pp. Illus. with wood engravings of carving instructions, incl. frontis. of a side of beef hanging (with head hanging separately), cuts delineated. Gilt-dec. brick cloth. First Edition. NY: Hurst, 1870.

Green Almond Tarts, Fennel Sauce, roasted larks, Gooseberry Wine, lampreys, scalloped oysters, and how "To Keep Green Peas Until Christmas," as well as detailed carving instructions and home remedies distinguish this American cookery book. Chipping to spine ends, rubbing to corners; hinge cracked in center, thus good, but scarce. $95.

(West Virginia) Melville, Mrs. E.C., ed. The Modern Housekeeper. 4 vols., comprising Vol. 1, Nos. 3, 5, 6-7, and 8-9.


String-bound printed wrappers. Each volume covers a different subject: candy, puddings, salads & vegetables, and fruit recipes & preserving. Ravenswood, WV (nos. 3 and 5) & Washington, D.C. (nos. 6-9): Modern Housekeeper, Dec. 1909-June 1910.

All-American recipes include quince jelly, peach cobbler, brittle candy, maple mousse, dandelion salad, etc. Fine; scarce as a set. $250.

Benton, Caroline French. Fairs & Fetes: How to Give Parties for Profit and Amusement - What to Do and What to Sell.


Illus. with charming plates. Jacket. First Edition. Boston: Dana Estes, 1912.

The author has organized her ideas by season, with an additional section for any time fairs. Some of her suggestions include a festival of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men, a military fair, a festival of dolls, a Dickens' fete, an indoor garden party, a poppy and snowflake fair, a cup and saucer sale, and many more. Jacket lacking about 2" of upper spine, else fine in good but scarce jacket. $60.

(Indiana) Voigt, Richard. R. Voigt's Practical Recipes for Bakers.


Flexible red cloth. [Indianapolis & Louisville: Bessire & Co., c.1910].

Jelly doughnuts, German rolls, Philadelphia Pound Cake, New England Sponge Cake, Ginger Snaps, Muskmelon Cake and Peach Blows - all recipes for the professional baking trade. Near fine. $65.

The Grocer's Companion and Merchant's Handbook.


Chromolithograph frontis. of a coffee plant. Gilt-lettered gray cloth. First Edition. Boston: New England Grocer Office, 1883.

A comprehensive list of items grocers might stock, with their histories, backgrounds, and general pricing. From allspice to root beer extract to truffles and even turtle, this has it all. Fading to spine, else very good. $250.

Ward, Artemas. The Grocers' Hand-Book and Directory for 1883.


Chromolithograph frontis. of a coffee plant, as well as a couple other plates showing spices, nuts and cheeses. Gilt-lettered pebbled green cloth. First Edition. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Grocer, 1882.

Licorice used to be spelled "Liquorice." Thousands of tons of Limburger Cheese were produced annually in New York and Wisconsin by 1882 to feed the German-American masses. Gin was mainly imported from Holland and was the most adulterated liquor in the world. Pretzels were actually a mispronunciation of "Bretzels," so called because their shape resembles a "B". This and other fascinating facts are illuminated for the grocer of Victorian America. Near fine. $250.

(Massachusetts) The People's Cook Book of Practical Receipts for Every-Day Dishes.


Illus. with numerous engraved ads for items sold at the department store of Flint & Barker.

Pictorial wrappers posing the question, "Do you keep house? If not, why not?" Worcester, Mass: Flint & Barker, c.1870-80's. Distributed as an advertising brochure by Flint & Barker, Housefurnishers, Worcester, Mass. Interspersed with numerous advertisements for Victorian furnishings.A bit of discoloration to wrappers, minor tape repairs to spine, else very good and quite scarce. $95.

Cowles, Florence A. 1001 Sandwiches.

Jacket. Boston: Little, Brown, 1944.

Very good, with wonderfully inventive recipes for sandwiches like Cucumber and Nasturtium Sandwich, Potato Chip and Olive Sandwich, Dandelion Sandwich, Hot Rabbit Sandwich, and (could I make this up?) Baked Bean and Orange Sandwich. $60.


Kirkland, Elizabeth Stansbury. Dora’s Housekeeping.

Illus. with frontis. drawing. Gilt-lettered, silver-stamped blue cloth. First Edition. Chicago: Jansen, McClurg, 1878.

Housekeeping tips written in prose, along with American recipes for pickled butternuts, boiled ham, pumpkin pie, rice cakes, green tomato preserves, hominy cakes, and a Thanksgiving feast. Spine ends & corners rubbed; joints starting, else very good. $85.

(Wine) Husmann, George. The Cultivation of the Native Grape and Manufacture of American Wines.

Illus. with wood-engraved plates and engravings within the text, of grape varieties, pruning implements, vine training methods, etc. Gilt-lettered purple cloth. First Edition. NY: Geo. E. & F.W. Woodward, 1866.

Husmann (1827-1902) was a German immigrant who moved first to Missouri and then to Napa in the 1870’s, just as California winemaking was surpassing any other state. According to wine bibliographer James Gabler, he “became instrumental in the rejuvenation of the phylloxeria-ravaged vineyards of Europe when he supplied pest-resistant American vines as root stock for grafting the Old World grapes.” Sunning to spine, else very good. $250. SOLD

(Wine) Hedrick, U.P. Manual of American Grape-Growing.

Illus. from numerous photographs. Gilt-lettered pictorial blue cloth. First Edition. NY: Macmillan, 1919.

Near fine and bright, with an examination of the emerging American grape industry on the cusp of Prohibition. $75. SOLD

Hoyt, J.K. The Romance of the Table, in Three Parts: Breakfast, Dinner, Tea.

445 pp. Engraved title page. Gilt-lettered & pictorially stamped beveled green cloth. First Edition. New Brunswick, NJ: Times Publishing, 1872.

Hoyt was the editor of the New Brunswick Times, and uses the approach of a novel to illustrate etiquette and hostess expectations in America post-Civil War. Small tears to cloth at spine head, else fine and bright. $200.

Elliott, R.N. Tea Room and Cafeteria Management.

Jacket. First Edition. Boston: Little Brown, 1927.

A darling book that was part of a series issued to managers of tea and lunch rooms advising them on everything from quantity recipes to costs and accounting. Foxing and short tears & chips to jacket, else fine in good but scarce jacket. $75.

(Ice Cream) Sommer, Hugo H. Theory and Practice of Ice Cream.


628 pp. Illus. with scientific charts, and with pictorial ads for professional equipment in rear. Maroon cloth. First Edition. Madison: Hugo Sommer, 1932.

A bit dusty, else near fine, with a scientific approach to professional ice cream making. $95.

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Hood's Cook Book. Nos. 1, 2, and 3. ● High Street Cook Book.


Printed wrappers. Lowell, MA: C.I. Hood & Co., 1885 & c.1880's. 4 vols. total.

C.I. Hood & Co. turned out an amazing variety of medicines, but the standard bearer, and mainstay of the company for over half a century, was Hood's Sarsaparilla. They were Lowell's claim to fame, and in 1882-1883, the company constructed a five-story building, known as Hood's Laboratory. It was continuously enlarged, and by the turn-of-the-century, the final building had a total floor area of 175,000 square feet, making it the largest building in the world dedicated to the manufacture and sale of patent medicine. This building contained an automatic bottling machine capable of filling 10,000 bottles a day. It also included eighteen tanks, in which sarsaparilla was prepared, which had a capacity of 420,000 bottles. Near fine. $75.

Hunt Bros. Company. Forty and Nine Fruit Desserts. 15 pp. S.F.: c.1915. ● Hunt's Supreme Quality: Forty and Nine Fruit Desserts. 14 pp. Hayward: c.1900.


Both in chromolithograph wrappers; first is fine, second very good. $45.

Sherwood, M.E.W. The Art of Entertaining.

Gilt-lettered blue cloth. First Edition. NY: Dodd, Mead, 1892.

How to entertain in the American home during the Victorian era. Etiquette leans on the European mode of doing things, but this is specifically written for the American hostess, with notes such as, "One pie we have which is national; it is that made of the pumpkin, and it is notoriously good. Also we may claim the squash pie and the sweet-potato pie, both of which merit the highest encomiums." A bit of rubbing to spine ends; rear joint starting, else near fine and bright. $95. SOLD

Hill, Janet McKenzie. The Up-to-Date Waitress.

Illus. from photographs of tables, prepared dishes, appliances, uniforms, etc. Pictorial cloth. Boston: Little, Brown, 1911.

Hill was a prolific cookbook author, as well as editor of the Boston Cooking School Magazine during the early 1900's. This is a course book for female servants who presented food to the dining rooms of the master's house. After World War I, this position largely disappeared in New England and was still prevalent only in the South. Spine lettering faded away, ding to lower front corner, else very good. $75.



Corson, Juliet. Juliet Corson's New Family Cook Book.

Gilt-lettered brown cloth. First Edition. NY: George Munro, 1885.

"Roast quail with bread sauce," "stewed tripe, Creole style," ""roast duck with currant jelly," "New England ginger cookies," etc. Some fading to spine, else very good. $85.

(Bread) Ward Baking Co. Bread Facts.

A few illustrations in rear of the Ward Baking Company. Gilt-lettered boards, gilt-stamped wheat sheaf on cover. NY: Ward Baking Co., 1920.

The introduction proudly begins, “The American baking industry found itself during the war. The fundamental importance of bread as the main food, the lowest-price food, the food which contains more of the elements of nutrition needed in the daily diet of both young and old than any other single food of general consumption was proclaimed by government agencies in every country.” A few faint spots to front cover, slightly darker one to rear cover, else very good. $75.

A Practical Housekeeper. American Practical Cookery-Book; or, Housekeeping made easy, pleasant, and economical in all its departments, to which are added directions for setting out tables and giving entertainments directions for jointing, trussing, and carving and several hundred additional receipts.

319 pp. Illus. with frontis. engraving of a woman in her kitchen, and with a few plates showing meat and fruit, as well as engravings within the text. Blindstamped cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Philadelphia: J.W. Bradley, 1860.

Civil War-era American recipes for Liquorice Tea, Green Corn Pudding, Fried Eels, "Indian Method of Cooking Clams," Plum Porridge, Cured Hams, etc. Fading and discoloration to cloth; foxing, one plate lacking, still good. $125.

Croly, Mrs. J.C. Jennie June’s American Cookery Book.

Gilt-lettered brick cloth, pictorially stamped with game birds. NY: American New Co., 1874.

Includes a chapter on Jewish cookery, which is quite rare to see in an American cookbook of this age; purportedly from a Jewish housekeeper of New York, it contains recipes for stewed white fish, purim fritters, pickled cucumbers, and even a couple varieties of cupcakes. However, the last chapter is my favorite, as it is titled, “A Strong-Minded Woman’s Receipts.” A couple nice ephemeral items from the day laid-in. Chipping top spine ends and rubbing to corners, still about very good. $125.


Leslie, Eliza. Domestic French Cookery, Chiefly Translated from Sulpice Barué.

[5]-468 pp. Illus. with 5 woodcuts of meat charts for venison, beef, mutton, pig and veal. Period calf, leather spine label. Third Edition, with improvements. Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1838.

120 pp. Original boards, printed paper spine & cover labels. First Edition. Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1832. Following the success of Miss Leslie’s previous cookbook on American sweets, the author turned to French recipes from Monsieur Barué, who was the editor of a French classic called La Cuisiniere de la Campagne et de la Ville. Miss Leslie’s translation was so popular, it went through at least 6 printings in 23 years. A chapter of liqueurs is particularly charming, with recipes for rose cordial, quince cordial, and the like. Old marginal stains to pages, joints starting, else good. Scarce in first edition. $600.


Praga, Mrs. Alfred. Easy French Dishes for English Cooks.

Pictorial red cloth. First Edition. London: George Newnes, 1900.

A fin de siècle love song to France, with recipes for Timbale de Veau a la Royale, Mouton a la Palestine, Boudins de Volaille a la Supreme, etc. A bit of fading to spine, else very good. Charmant. $150.

Vicaire, Georges. Bibliographie Gastronomique: A Bibliography of Books Appertaining to Food and Drink and Related Subjects from the Beginning of Printing to 1890. Intro. by Andre Simon.

Jacket. London: Derek Verschoyle, 1954, Second edition after the first of 1890.

Small piece of jacket lacking from lower front panel, else fine in very good jacket. Intro. in English. $150.


Muckensturm, Louis. Louis' Every Woman's Cook Book.

Frontis. port. of the author. Gilt-stamped pictorial cloth. First Edition. Boston & NY: H.M. Caldwell, 1910.

A general cook book of predominantly European styled foods, with classic and fancy recipes, by the man who coined the term 'dry martini'. Beautiful Art Nouveau design, with blank pages for the hostess' remarks on her dinner parties (sadly bereft of any). A bit of darkening to extremities & spine, else very good. $120.


Beeton, Mrs. Beeton’s All About Cookery: A Collection of Practical Recipes, Arranged in Alphabetical Order and Fully

Illustrated. Illus. with wood engravings. Gilt-stamped pictorial green cloth. London: Ward, Lock & Taylor, c.1879.

There are so many wonderful things about this book, but perhaps my favorite is the personalized owner inscription about the cookbook on the half-title, dated 1879, Upper Assam (colonial India): “Never was any use to anybody as there is nothing out here!” Rubbing to spine ends; joints starting, else very good. $100.


Beeton, Mrs. Mrs. Beeton’s Every-Day Cookery.

752 pp. Illus. incl. bright chromolithograph plates & great ads in rear. Gilt-lettered pictorial cloth. New Edition. London: Ward Lock, 1907.

Large and lovely, with bright color plates of cheeses, fish, cakes, etc. Short tear to cloth at upper spine, else near fine & bright. $200.


(Thailand) Cook Book Bangkok.

Illus. with drawings and local ads. Cloth-backed dec. yellow and green boards. [Bangkok: YMCA, c.1965].

Printed in Thai and English, with 225 pages of American and Southeast Asian recipes. Very good. $75.


Lamb, Charles. Dissertation Upon a Roast Pig.

Illus. with drawings by L.J. Bridgman. Half cloth & dec. boards, dec. in gilt with beautiful and bright decoration showing the smell of roast pork wafting into an American home.. Boston: D. Lothrop, 1888.

The story of how roast pig and crackling were "discovered" in China by swineherd "Ho-Ti and his son "Bo-Bo". A bit of rubbing to extremities, else near fine. $75.


Bosson, M.B. Aunt Mena’s Recipe Book.

Frontis. port. of Aunt Mena. Gilt-lettered reddish cloth, dec. in black. First Edition. Philadelphia: National Baptist, 1888.

Philadelphia was the home in the late 19th century of famed cooking instructor Mrs. Sarah Rorer, so the city had a reputation for excellent cookbooks to uphold. Herein are recipes for truffled turkey, Boston brown hash, Kane City scrapple, green corn omelet, Quahaug cakes, Astor House rolls, Catskill Mountain pudding, strawberry shortcake, etc. Very good. $ 200.


Fuller, Andrew S. The Illustrated Strawberry Culturist: Containing the History, Sexuality, Field and Garden Culture of Strawberries….

Illus. with engravings. Gilt-lettered flexible cloth. NY: Orange Judd, 1895.

Near fine, with descriptions of all the bygone varieties of American strawberries, which should be revived for their names alone: Black Defiance, Brooklyn Scarlet, Old Iron Clad, etc. $95.


Harland, Marion. The Comfort of Cooking and Heating by Gas.

Illus. with drawings of various rooms in the house being heated by gas. Gold wrappers printed in red. First Edition. NY: William Crane, 1898.

325 recipes by Harland, and illustrations showing the benefits of comfort through gas heating in each room of the house. Very good. $45.


Harland, Marion. The Art of Cooking by Gas.

Illus. with numerous ads for gas ranges, curling irons, laundry heaters, hot water tanks, radiators, etc. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. NY: William M. Crane, 1897.

The first gas stoves were developed as early as the 1820s, but these remained isolated experiments. James Sharp patented a gas stove in Northampton, England in 1826 and opened a gas stove factory in 1836. At the Great Exhibition in London in 1851, a gas stove was shown, but only in the 1880s did this technology start to become a commercial success as the gas pipe network began to grow. Very good. $80.


[Andrews, Julia C.]. Breakfast, Dinner and Tea: Viewed Classically, Poetically, and Practically. Containing Numerous Curious Dishes and Feasts of All Times and All Countries. Besides Three Hundred Modern Receipts.

Gilt-lettered pebbled brown cloth, a.e.g. First Edition. NY: D. Appleton, 1859. Axford, p. 43; Cagle AMERICAN, 44; Lowenstein 771; Wheaton & Kelly 158; cf. Bitting, p. 523, for a later 1868 edition.

Wonderful American fare: pickled nasturtiums, strawberry shortcake, lobster salad, green tomatoes (called “higdom”), as well as an impressive drinks section: parsnip wine, ginger beer, buttered ale, egg flip, an lengthy description of drinking cups, etc. Chipping to spine foot, else very good. $200.


Beecher, Catherine E. A Treatise on Domestic Economy, for the Use of Young Ladies at Home, and at School.

Cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Revised Edition. NY: Harper, 1850.

Originally published in 1842, this mid-century printing features advice on childrearing, nutrition, the responsibilities and difficulties presented to the American woman; the study of domestic economy in school; health; etiquette; the importance of the woman's role in society and in the home; housework and household amenities; sewing; gardening; more. Fading to spine, else very good. $95.


Corson, Juliet. Every Day Cookery, Table Talk and Hints for the Laundry.

96 pp., with ads in rear and catalog of kitchen equipment from the Adams & Westlake Mfg. Co. in front. Orig. printed wrappers. Chicago: Adams & Westlake, 1884.

Corson was the Superintendent of the New York School of Cookery. Recipes for American fare such as stewed lobster, boiled green corn, succotash, sliced apple pie, squash pie, etc. Scarce. $250.


Corson, Juliet. Fifteen Cent Dinners for Workingmen's Families.

Orig. printed wrappers. NY: 1877-8.

A warning on the front wrapper reads, "All persons are cautioned not to pay for this book. This edition of 50,000 copies is published for free circulation only." The paragraph on the benefits of beer for nursing women is particularly illuminating. In 1876 she founded the New York Cooking School, open to rich and poor, charging tuition on a sliding scale so that no one would be turned away. Fine - quite scarce. $350.


Corson, Julia. Miss Corson’s Cooking Manual or Practical Directions for Economical Every-Day Cookery.

Cloth. First Edition. NY: Dodd, Mead, 1877.

A bit of discoloration to lower front cover; faint damstaining to endpapers, else very good, with recipes for jugged hare, sheep’s tongues with spinach, mushroom pudding, and other hearty fare. $75.

Ward, Artemas. The Grocer's Encyclopedia: A Compendium of Useful Information Concerning Foods of All Kinds.

747 pp. Profusely illus. from photographs & drawings. Large format, 3/4 morocco & gilt-lettered cloth, gilt-lettered spine, t.e.g. NY: Artemas Ward, 1911.

A massive tome that shows all there was to know about food in American grocery stores just before WWI. Rubbing to spine ends & corners, else very good - an amazingly thorough and important work. $150.


Shute, Miss T.S. The American Housewife Cook Book, Parts I & II.

Interleaved with lined blank memoranda pages, as issued. Gilt-stamped pebbled cloth, gilt-lettered spine. First Edition. Philadelphia: George Lewis & Menzies, 1879.

Lewis & Menzies were makers of Lye, baking powder, caustic potash etc. Dampstaining to first several pages; joints cracking, , still very good with recipes for regional specialties such as Watermelon Cake, Indian Meal Doughnuts, Quince Cordial, Clam Fritters, A Mongrel Goose, etc. Also with many lines of advice for household help, such as “A Substitute for a Strong Drink,” “Resuscitation of Apparently Drowned Persons,” “Remedy for Bad Breath,” “How to Buy Poultry,” etc. $175.


Parloa, Maria. First Principles of Household Management and Cookery: A Text-Book for Schools and Families.

Illus. with engraved vignettes. Cloth. New & Enlarged Edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1888.

Inscribed & signed by Parloa on front free endpaper, dated 1898. A bit of rubbing to spine ends, else very good, with scarce inscription for one of America’s most famous cooking instructors. $250.


Abell, Mrs. L. G. The Skilful Housewife's Book or Complete Guide to Domestic Cookery. Taste, Comfort, and Economy Embracing 659 Receipts, Pertaining to Household Duties, Gardening Flowers, Birds, Plants, Etc.

Gilt-stamped & lettered lilac cloth. First Edition. NY: D. Newell, 1846.

Recipes and advice for the pre-Civil War household: codfish cakes, frying ham, clam griddles, typhus fever, politeness, temper, etc. Sunning to spine, else very good. $200.



Tompkins, Harriet V. Thirty Soups for Thirty Days.

Oblong cloth-backed printed boards. First Edition. White Plains: Published by the author, 1890.

Regional soup recipes include Gumbo Soup, Mock Turtle Soup, Queen’s Soup, Brunswick Soup, etc. Rubbing to extremities, else very good; scarce. $200.


(Iowa) Shankland, Mrs. E.R. The Matron’s Household Manual.

Gilt-lettered cloth. First Edition. Dubuque: Palmer Winall, 1875.

A scarce early Iowa cookbook, one of the first two published in the state. A few period manuscript recipes written in pencil to blank pages created for that purpose, for “Inter-Ocean Gems” and “Inter-Ocean Cakes” (one wonders if the owner of the book wrote these while traveling by ship?). Printed recipes for Apple Dumplings, Corn Bread, Chicken Pie, How Slaw, Currant Ctsup, and other Midwest specialties. Culinary Americana 1044. Rubbing to cloth, still about very good. $500. SOLD

(Iowa) Shankland, Mrs. E.R. & Sue Hetherington. The Matron’s Household Manual: A Revised and Improved Edition, Prepared Especially for the “Centennial.”

Gilt-lettered blindstamped light purple cloth. First Edition. Dubuque: Palmer Winall, 1876.

An expanded edition of one of the first cookbooks published in Iowa, with recipes for fancies such as Floating Island, Peach Meringue, Bride Cake, Sweet Apple Pickles, etc. A few contemporary pencil notes to margins, else very good and bright. $300.


Brown, Susanna. The Invalid’s Tea Tray.

Chromolithograph square boards. First Edition. Boston: James Osgood, 1885.

The invalid’s diet was varied, yet unifyingly off-putting: Barley Soup, Raw Beef Diet, Water Gruel, Beef Tea with Oatmeal, Chicken Jelly, and Shells (water boiled with seashells), etc. Lesson: Don’t get sick. Rubbing to extremities, else about very good. $75.


Alcott, William A. The Young House-keeper or Thoughts on Food and Cookery.

Brown cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Fifth Edition. Boston: George W. Light, 1842..

Pre-Civil War cookbook which has chapters on various foodstuffs such as rice, apples, milk, the strawberry, food from rye, food from wheat, etc., with history and descriptions as well as recipes. Includes the final chapter not included in earlier editions, "Recipes for Plain Cooking". Lacking front free endpaper, else very good. $120.


Madsen, Barbara, et al.: The Committee to Write the Cookbook. The Watergate Cookbook (Or, Who’s in the Soup).

Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. Boston: New Lone Star Press, 1973.

Agnew’s Privileged Pheasant, Haleman’s Sour Kraut, Creep Stew, and Nixon’s Perfectly Clear Consommé are among the hilarious and rightly cynical recipes herein. Near fine. $20. SOLD

(Massachusetts) Board of Managers, Esther C. Mack Industrial School, eds. What Salem Dames Cooked: Being a Choice Collection of Recipes wherein is shewn how the Delectable Practice of the Salem Dames from the year 1683, to 1730, until 1800 and 1900, may be restored with pleasure to those desirious of experiencing the Delights of their Cookery....

Pictorial stiff wrappers designed by Ross Turner. Salem, MA: Stetson Press, 1920.

Faint spot to upper front wrapper, and a few page margins, else very good, with elegant typography in 17th c. font. $60.


(New Jersey) The Twentieth Century Cook Book: A Collection of Reliable Recipes.

Illus. with local ads. Cloth-backed wrappers. First Edition. Jersey City, NJ: Ladies of the Lafayette M.E. Church, c.1890’s.

Recipes from Jersey City residents for Green Tomato Pickles, Railroad Pudding, Marsh Mallow Cake, White Cream Taffy, etc., as well as helpful advice such as keeping a jar of vinegar on the back of the stove to absorb odors when making sauerkraut. Cloth mostly worn away from spine, a few spots to covers, else good and scarce; an early New Jersey imprint. $200.


(Doisneau, Robert). De Vilmorin, Louise. Cognac.

Illus. with 30 black & white photographs by Robert Doisneau, and 4 tipped-inn color photos by him. Large square quarto. First Edition. Paris: Remy Martin, 1962.

Fine condition – rare. Dedicated to the promotion of the Remy Martin Cognac. $250.

Beecher, Catharine Esther. Miss Beecher’s Domestic Receipt Book. Designed as a Supplement to her Treatise on Domestic Economy.

Illus. with some meat cuts. Cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Third Edition. NY: Harper, 1851.

This volume covers foods and temperance drink, styles of living, table setting and many other domestic matters. Originally published in 1846, it gives recipes for rice griddle cakes, royal crumpets, sassafras jelly, pickled nasturtiums, codfish relish, mutton hash, mock turtle soup, and much more. Readers also learn how to cut up a hog, make "crayons" for blackboards, and prepare tables for dinner parties. Insect damage to front flyleaves & front pastedown, old recipe for soap mounted to front pastedown, else about very good. $125.

Ewing, Mrs. Emma P. Cookery Manuals.

No. 2: Bread and Bread Making. Chicago: Fairbanks, Palmer, 1883. * No. #: Salad and Salad Making. Chicago: Fairbanks, Palmer, 1884. * No. 4: Vegetables and Vegetable Cooking. Chicago: Fairbanks, Palmer, 1888.

All three in orig. Cloth-backed printed wrappers. * Cookery Manuals. Cloth. Lafayette, IN: Spring-Emerson Stationery Co., 1892. Ewing was the superintendent of the Chicago Training School of Cookery, and the first book in a series of 4, on soups and soup-making, is the only volume missing. However, its contents is included (with all the others) in the 1892 edition of Cookery Manuals. All very good; scarce together. $300 the set.

Sanderson, J.M. The Complete Cook: Plain and Practical Directions for Cooking and Housekeeping; with upwards of Seven Hundred Receipts.

196 pp. Printed wrappers. Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1846.

Originally published in 1843, with chapters on carving, clarifying, pies, tarts and puffs, salting, butcher’s meats, etc. Rear wrapper lacking, curling to lower corners of first several pages, still about very good and scarce in original wrappers. $150.

(Coconut) Rorer, Mrs. Sarah T. & Alice Cary Waterman. Delicious Desserts

16 pp. Pictorial wrappers., chromolithograph ad for Dunham’s Original Shred Cocoanut on rear wrapper. N.p.: c.1890.

Very good, with all coconut dessert recipes. $40.


Rorer, Mrs. Sarah T.

Bread and Bread-Making: How to Make Many Varieties Easily and with the Best Results. Cloth. SIGNED. 1899. $75. SOLD * Left Overs: How to Transform Them into Palatable and Wholesome Dishes. Cloth. SIGNED. 1898. $75. * New Salads: For Dinners, Luncheons, Suppers and Receptions. With a Group of Odd Salads and Some Ceylon Salads. Jacket. SIGNED. 1897. $150. All three are in near fine condition, scarce signed, and with lovely, simple vignettes.


BUY Left Overs


BUY New Salads



Rorer, Mrs. Sarah T. Question and Class Book of the Philadelphia Cooking School., 1525 Chestnut Street.

Cloth. First Edition. Philadelphia: George H. Buchanan, 1887.

Pop Quiz: “Which is best for cooking, large or small coal?”; “Why are potatoes heavy and sodden if not boiled?”; “Give the chemical composition of the onion.”; “What is the edible part of frogs?” Tough questions from the doyenne of cooking classes. Very good condition. $120.


Lincoln, Mrs. D.A. Boston School Kitchen Text-Book: Lessons in Cooking for the Use of Classes in Public and Industrial Schools.

JCloth-backed chromolithograph boards. First Edition. Boston: Roberts Bros., 1887.

Mary Johnson Bailey Lincoln (July 8, 1844 – December 2, 1921) was an influential Boston cooking teacher and cookbook author. She used Mrs. D.A. Lincoln as her professional name during her husband's lifetime and in her published works; after his death, she used Mary J. Lincoln. Considered one the pioneers of the Domestic Science movement in the United States, she was among the very first to use precise measurements in her recipes, and to address the scientific and nutritional basis of food preparation. Rubbing to corners, paper loss to rear cover, still very good; the scarce first edition. $500.


(Blank Recipe Book) The Manuscript Receipt Book and Household Treasury.

Illus. with woodcut vignettes and elaborate title page. Gilt-dec. brown cloth. Philadelphia: Claxton, Remsen & Haffelfinger, 1870.

I cannot emphasize how fabulous this book is. Filled with blank, lined pages for manuscript recipes, the chapter headings (Oysters, Plain Sweet Cakes, Potting & Collaring, etc.) are wonderful, with each beginning chapter page illustrated with a typical 1870-style typographical design. Fraying to spine ends; front joint cracked, free endpapers worn, still about very good and solid. $200.


Kegler, Henri. Fancy Salads of the Big Hotels.

Half cloth & boards. Fourth Printing, revised. NY: Hotel Industry, 1923.

Salads of the 1920's were what I humbly consider to be the nadir of salad inventions, and this little gem shows why: Mellon (lettuce, pineapple, grapefruit, orange, celery, walnuts, paprika, sour cream); Florida (lettuce, banana, grapefruit, celery, mayonnaise); Apple Surprise a la Ritz (you know what? Don't even ask. Suffice it to say it has whipped cream). Very good. $45.


Springsteed, Anne Frances. The Expert Waitress: A Manual for the Pantry, Kitchen, and Dining-Room.

Pictorial cloth. NY: Harper & Bros., 1901.

An excellent manual for the late-Victorian female servant on food service within the home, including cleaning silver, carving, pantry care, and all mealtime expectations. The owner has diligently pencilled her own thoughts in the margins, adding to the fabulousness of this little gem. Smudge to front cover, else near fine. $75. SOLD

Allen, Mrs. Ida Bailey. For the Bride: Helpful Hints, Practical Suggestions and Valuable Records.

Illus. with drawings on blank pages intended for manuscript recipes, photographs and numerous ads for products the new bride would need, like electricity. Pictorial boards. Chicago: Reuben H. Donnelley, 1923.

One suspects this was not the happiest of marriages, as only the couple's names, along with their reverend, are filled out. Very good. $65.


Rhodes, Susie Root & Grace P. Hopkins. The Economy Administration Cook Book.

Illus. from photographs of the White House, President Wilson's manuscript recipes, prominent ladies of Washington during the Wilson administration, etc. Cloth-backed pictorial boards. NY: Syndicate Publishing, 1913.

Recipes from wives of congressmen, senators, and of course, the vice president and president, as well as of ambassadors, attaches, et al. Mrs. John Hollis Bankhead (Senator, Alabama) offers her Roast Quail, Reed or Sora Birds recipe, while Mrs. Josephus Daniels (wife of the Secretary of the Navy) instructs the reader on North Carolina Fruit Cake. A bit of paper loss to upper front cover, else very good. $80.


(Jewish - Oregon) Council of Jewish Women. The Neighborhood Cook Book.

Illus. with local ads for Jewish businesses and a photo of the Neighborhood House, the settlement center of the Portland section at 2nd and Wood Sts. White boards printed in black. Second Edition. Portland, OR: 1914.

Originally published two years earlier, this contains familiar favorites for Portland's Jewish population, including herring, gefilte fish, scharfe fish, goose liver patties, etc., but also with seasonality charts for fish and game, with recipes for prairie chicken, wild duck, pheasant, etc. White rubbing off of boards at extremities, else very good. $120.


Chafing Dish Book.

Printed in red & black. Flexible red cloth. First Edition. Providence, RI: Livermore & Knight, 1899.

The chafing dish was a revelation to many cooks in the late 19th century, and herein are American recipes for Lobster New Orleans Style, Stewed Little Neck Clams, Salme of Grouse, Boston Rarebit, etc. Fine; charming. $40.


Welch, Deshler. The Bachelor and the Chafing Dish, with a Dissertation on Chums.

Illus. by Francis Day & George Halm. Silver-stamped pictorial cloth. First Edition. NY & Chicago: F. Tennyson Neely, 1896.

Recipes from "bon vivants in clubs, yachting circles, Army and Navy..." A true 19th c. American bachelor's delight, with military chafing-dish camp recipes (chafed duck, spring chicken, Commodore Gerry Crab, turtle steak a la Henry Guy Carleton), sayings of Savarin, odes to the fairer sex, etc. Very good and bright. $60.


(Chafing Dish) Recipes for the Sutterley Chafing Dish.

Illus. with wood engravings of a huge variety of chafing dishes. Pictorial wrappers. Philadelphia: G.T. Sutterley & Co., 1894.

Chafing dish cookbooks of the late 19th c. seem to have a plethora of American recipes for heritage foods, and this is no exception. Oysters a la Creole, Lobster a la Newberg (with fascinating creation history), Deviled Soft-shell Crabs, Blanquette of Partridge, etc. Very good. $30.


Huntington, Emily. The Kitchen Garden; or, Object Lessons in Household Work. Including Songs, Plays, Exercises, and Games, illustrating household occupations.

No. 92 of 250 copies. Illus. with drawings & music by Frederic Vors. Gilt-stamped pictorial red cloth, bevelled edges, a.e.g. N.Y.: 1878.

Table setting, moulding pastries, dish-washing, and other household chores (a whole chapter on bed-making; now I could have used that!). Chipping to spine ends, else very good & bright. $120.


Huntington, Emily. The Cooking Garden: A Systemized Course of Cooking for Pupils of All Ages.

No. 156 of 250 copies. Illus. with drawings & music by Jessie Shepherd . Gilt-stamped pictorial tan cloth, bevelled edges, a.e.g. N.Y.: 1878.

Lessons on cooking, kitchen utensils, bills of fare, dough-rolling, custard-making, etc. Chipping to spine ends, a bit of running to corners, else very good. $120.


Lincoln, Mrs. D.A. Carving and Serving.

Cloth-backed pictorial boards. Boston: Little, Brown, 1906.

Instructions on craving all kinds of meat, fish & fowl, including pigeons, mutton, rib roast, turkey, etc., with notes on utensils and a few recipes as well. Fine. $95.


Rice, Louise. Dainty Dishes from Foreign Lands.

Gilt-lettered & dec. maroon cloth. First Edition. Chicago: Library Shelf, 1909.

Dishes deemed dainty, and foreign, include Resotto [sic], Gaspacho, Chinese Chop Suey, etc. Fine. $60.


(Hawaii) Alexander, Helen. The Helen Alexander Hawaiian Cook Book.

Jacket. Honolulu: Hawaiian Service, 1947.

Pineapple cheesecake, ulua cutlets, lobster Lanikai, almond tea cake, and much more! A bit of chipping to jacket spine ends, else near fine - a lovely copy. $75.


(Hawaii) Ladies' Society of Central Union Church, eds. Hawaiian Cook Book.

Original flexible cloth. Fifth Edition. Honolulu: Hawaiian Gazette, 1909. Originally published in 1882,

the recipes, according to editor Ellen McCully, were "mainly contributed by the ladies of Oahu and the other Islands..." Some unusual recipes include "Soupe de Corbeaux", which calls for two mynah birds to be roasted and ground, then served on fried toast slices. A highly unusual contribution for the period is "A Hawaiian Feast." "Ahaaina" or more commonly called "Luau." This contribution from Miss Louisa Brickwood and daughters gives directions for preparing and serving a luau. Bookplate of the collection of Mrs. Thomas Scruggs & Margaret Cook, whose cookbook collection was quite famous. Front joint cracked, a few ads & blank pages torn out, else good. $350.


(Pacific Islands) Hamilton, Lucy. A Recipe Book for Pacific Islanders.

Pictorial wrappers. London: Macmillan, 1957.

Hamilton was a dietician for the Dept. of Public Health in Papua and New Guinea. Her recipes are Pacific and western, but realistic for the ingredients available in Melanesia: dried beans, green pawpaw, breadfruit, bananas, guavas, sea eggs, etc. but unspecific fish, meat, and fowl (with instructions to cook them in a variety of coconut milk, peanut milk, and soya-bean milk). Near fine. $45. SOLD

Kander, Mrs. Simon. Thirty Picked Recipes.

16 pp. Illus. with ads in rear for Nesco Granite-ware. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition.

Kander was the author of the famed Settlement Cookbook, which was a standard in every Jewish-American home from the 1930's through the '60's. She has some great Jewish standards in this little booklet as well, such as Milwaukee Rye Bread, Hungarian Gulash, Rye Bread Torte, and even a recipe for Mud Hens (not that that's a Jewish thing). Fine; scarce. $60.


Giger, Mrs. Frederick S. Colonial Receipt Book: Celebrate Old Receipts used a century ago by Mrs. Goodfellow’s Cooking School; also Famous old Creole and Moravian Receipts….

Illus. with ads for Philadelphia businesses. Gilt-dec. & lettered red cloth. First Edition. Philadelphia: John C. Winston, 1907.

Published for the benefit of the Students’ Ward Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, this has some great Colonial-era biscuit, cake, pie, and pickling recipes such as mustard chow chow, stuffed mangoes, quince honey, ginger pears, India relish, etc. Fine. $85.


(Civil War era) Putnam, Mrs. A Primary Cook Book, by Mrs. Putnam, for New Beginners in Housekeeping. Receipts Suited to the Times.

Orig. cloth-backed printed boards. First Edition. Boston: Loring, 1862.

Published in the midst of the Civil War (though no reference is made to it in her introductory remarks), the recipes herein were selected with an eye toward frugality. Alongside advice to the newly married lady of 1862 are American recipes for buckwheat cakes, Indian Johnny (or Hoe) cake, fried smelts and oysters, fried pig's feet, soft molasses gingerbread, etc. There's also an entire section of recipes for bachelors, the first of which is how to make coffee (!). About 1" of paper loss to front cover, else very good; scarce. $175.


Holden, Roberta, et al. The Aunts' Cook Book.

Illus. incl. color frontis. Dec. gray cloth. First Edition. Cleveland: Lakeside Press, 1922.

Inscribed & siged by Roberta Holden. Compiled by the nieces and nephews of various aunts, whose recipes appear here: Aunt Elinor's French Rum Omelet, Aunt Virginia's Terrapin, Maryland Style, Aunt Mattie's Huckleberry Muffins, Aunt Robbie's Preserved Strawberries or Cherries, etc. Front joint cracked, else very good. $60.


Armitage, Merle & Isabelle. Fit for a Queen: Isabelle & Merle Armitage's Book of Menus and Food.

Foreword by Lucie Heymann. Drawings & typography by Merle Armitage. Jacket. First Edition. NY: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1958.

Published as a companion to "Fit for a King," with Armitage's classic typography and recipes for cherrystone bisque, braised pork chops and corn, pancakes High Sierras, gin cocktails, and other American fare. Near fine. $60.

Lamb, Charles (a.k.a. Elia). A Dissertation Upon a Roast Pig.

Illus. with Chinese-style drawings in reddish-brown. Tan burlap cloth, printed cover label. Brooklyn: Comet Press, 1940.

Fine and unopened. Charles Lamb (1775-1834) was an English essayist best known for his humorous Essays of Elia from which the essay 'A Dissertation Upon Roast Pig' is taken. This edition, published just after WWII began, was offered by the Comet Press as a holiday keepsake "this year as some measure of joy in a chaotic world." $120.


Harland, Marion. Bits of Common Sense Series: Cooking Hints.

NY: Home Topics, 1899. * Wakefield Series Part I: Marion Harland’s Premium Cook Book. NY: Prudential Book Co., c.1890’s. Both in dec. wrappers.

Harland, a prolific cookbook writer, includes her recipes for Mock Terrapin, Baltimore Meat Pie, Fried Oyster Plant, etc., while her Cooking Hints includes chapters like “Hot Weather Dishes,” “For Ladies Only,” and my personal favorite, “The Invariable Potato.” Very good. $75 the two.


Kephart, Horace. Camp Cookery.

Pictorial cloth, jacket. Second Edition. NY: Outing Publishing, 1910.

Pictorial cloth, jacket. Second Edition. NY: Outing Publishing, 1910. Near fine in very good (a bit chipped) jacket, with outdoors recipes for porcupine, fried squirrel, muskrat, possum, deer brains, broiled eel, etc. Also with chapters on fire-building, utensils for camp cookery, etc. $60. SOLD

Hildebrand, Louise & Joel. Camp Catering: How to Rustle Grub for Hikers, Campers, Mountaineers, Packers, Canoeists, Hunters, Skiers and Fishermen.

Illus. with drawings by Milton Hildebrand. Jacket. First Edition. Brattleboro: Stephen Daye Press, 1941.

Fine condition, with excellent advice for cooking in the great outdoors. $45. SOLD

Bates, Frank A. Camping and Camp Cooking.

Illus. with wood engravings. Cloth. First Edition. Boston: Ball Publishing, 1909.

Soiling to covers, else very good, with recipes and camping advice like how to build a shelter, or what to do if you get lost in the woods. Recipes are for game hunted while in the great outdoors: woodcock, squirrel, grouse, perch, et al. $45 SOLD

Cornelius, Mrs. (Mary). Young Housekeeper's Friend: or, A Guide to Domestic Economy and Comfort.

Orig. cloth-backed printed boards. Sixth Thousand. Boston: Tappan, Whittemore & Mason, 1850.

Mrs. Cornelius lived from 1796-1880. Her cookbook focuses on mid-19th c. recipes like veal pot pie, smoked halibut, pickled oysters, apple pie, etc. I love the title of the piscatory chapter: "General Directions for Respecting Fish." Scratches & wear to covers; joints cracked though, thus good, but with great recipes. $50.


[Timbs, John]. Hints for the Table: or, the Economy of Good Living. With a Few Words on Wine.

X, 184 pp. Frontis. wood engraving of ortolans & wine. Pictorially gilt-stamped pebbled purple cloth. London: Kent & Co., 1859.

An unusual little item with information gleaned from many sources historical, philosophical and gastronomic. The alcohol component is extensive, as are descriptions of London clubs; first published in 1838. Tears to cloth along sunned spine; new endpapers, else good. $100.


[Plumtre, Annabella] Domestic Management, or the Healthful Cookery-Book to which is prefixed a Treatise on Diet as the surest means to preserve health, long life. etc. with many valuable observations on the nutritious and beneficial as well as the injurious effects of various kinds of food; also remarks on the wholesome and pernicious modes of cookery, etc. by A Lady.

Xxxvi, 375, [1], [29] index pp., [3] ad pp. Frontis. engraving of a full larder of fish, meat & fowl. 19th c. half cloth & mottled boards. Second Edition, corrected & enlarged. London: B. & R. Crosby, [c.1813].

Annabella Plumtre was the daughter of Robert Plumptre (1723–1788) who was an English churchman and academic and President of Queens' College, Cambridge from 1760. Annabella’s book is a treatise on diet with many paragraphs called ‘Observations’ after recipes. These observations give healthful hints and advice, particularly for children. A thoughtful and unusual cookery book. Cagle informs that Watt attributes this work to Annabella Plumtre. Oxford mis-cites Watts and gives the author’s name as Arabella, a mistake that Bitting repeats. Cagle 935a; Bitting p 374; Oxford p139 for 1810 first edition. Period ink stains to lower title page, still very good and scarce in any edition. $600.


[Cosnett, Thomas]. The Footman's Directory, and Butler's Remembrancer, or The advice of Onesimus to his young friends : comprising, hints on the arrangement and performance of their work, rules for setting out tables and sideboards, the art of waiting at table, and conducting large and small parties, directions for cleaning plate, glass, furniture, clothes, and all other things which come within the care of a man-servant, and advice respecting behaviour to superiors, tradespeople and fellow-servents : with an appendix, comprising various useful receipts and tables.

xii, 324 pp. 19th c. ¾ calf & marbled boards, gilt-lettered spine. Original wrappers professionally mounted to free endpapers, along with owner’s signature, dated 1824.

Early cookbooks may have been difficult to define, but the hierarchy within a household was strictly elucidated, as seen in the many domestic manuals printed. These guides ranged from standalone works to directions contained within larger household manuals, and were written both for those in service and those supervising a staff. The Footman's Directory, written by an experienced butler, provides specific instructions for dealing with daily tasks a footman would be expected to perform, as well as general advice on avoiding temptations and conducting oneself in a becoming manner. $750.


Brooks, Catharine. The Experienced English Housekeeper for the Use and Ease of Ladies, Housekeepers and Cooks, &c. Written purely from practice; being an entire New Collection of the most Genteel, yet least Expensive Receipts in every branch of Cookery[...] Together with the Art of Marketing [...] with General Directions for the Courses or Removes. The Whole Made Easy to the Meanest Capacity. [...] To which is added The Physical Directory. Being near two hundred safe and certain receipts for the cure of most disorders incident to the human body. With a variety of Made Dishes.

8vo in 4s. 96 pp. Woodcut vignette at end. Manchester: A. Swindells for T. Thomas, J. Sadler & D. Jones, [c.1762].

The Experienced English Housekeeper aims to provide comprehensive instruction to the housewife, with reliable recipes “such as will not only save a deal of experience, but much time also”, rendering the reader “a complete english (sic) cook and prudent housewife”(Dedicatory epistle). The work includes marketing instructions for choosing the best fresh meat and fish, as well as a list of poultry, meat, fish, fruits, and roots. Brooks claims that her recipes have met with success whilst the work was being compiled: “I have had the opinion of several profest cooks and the receipts have met with the approbation of them all.” Particularly interesting are the instructions on candying - recipes for cherries, barberries, grapes, lemon and orange-peels and apricots are offered (p.58-59). Another interesting inclusion is the recipe for a “young rook pye” (p.39). Notoriously an acquired taste, with the potential to become dry, Brooks recommends “ agreat deal ofbutter” to line the rook pie crust, followed by forcemeat balls. If the pie appears dry whencooked, she advises the addition of parboile drook liquor through the crust. The work also contains a selection of medical advice for treating common concerns of the day, with cures that are “safe and cheap”. These receipts are attributed to a “Dr Mead”, i.e. the eminent physician Richard Mead, M.D. (1673-1754). Wear to lower corners of pages through about half of volume, still about very good. $1,600.


McLaren, L.L. High Living: Recipes from Southern Climes.

1. Preface by Edward H. Hamilton. Decorations by W.S. Wright.This edition with frontis. illus. plate and all images printed in color. Leather, pictorially stamped with image of a chef. Second Edition. San Francisco: Paul Elder, 1907. A charming community cookbook, with editions published on either side of the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906. The women of the neighborhood association tended to the goats grazing Telegraph Hill at the time, and the wonderful recipes include "Kindeys Los Angeles," "Kaihelo or Fish Sauce (Hawaiian)," and "Mobile Bay Gumbo," which calls for "three fat young squirrels." Clothbound edition has some darkening and fading, and leatherbound edition has rubbing to extremities, else both very good. SOLD

2. * Another copy. Pictorial red cloth. Published for the benefit of the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Association. First Edition. San Francisco: Paul Elder, 1904. $120 each. SOLD



(WWI) Lynch, Reah Jeannette. "Win the War" Cook Book.

Illus. with frontis. port., patriotic illustration on following page, and ads in rear, incl. color. Pictorial buff cloth. First Edition. Missouri: St. Louis County Unit, Woman's Committee Council of National Defense, 1918. Chapters on Wheat Substitutes, Sugar Substitutes, Fat and Butter Substitutes, Meat Savers, Home Canning, etc., with patriotic quotes from America's leaders, incl. Herbert Hoover. A few faint spots and light bumping to corners, else near fine, with owner's name and date of 1920 to front free endpaper. $120.

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(Jewish - Seattle). Gottstein, Mrs. William, Mrs. Sigismund Aronson, & Mrs. Salmon Spring (!). The Ladies' Auxiliary to Temple de Hirsch Famous Cook Book.

Illus. with local ads. Cloth. Seattle: 1916. The Ladies' Auxiliary published their first cookbook in 1908, and this edition contains recipes to appeal to the congregation as well as Seattleans in general: pickled salmon, salmon trout - Elliot Bay style, Hungarian eggs, smoked tongue with split peas, sauerbraten, etc. Very good condition. $75.

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Cole, S.W. The American Fruit Book; Containing Directions for Raising, Propagating, and Managing Fruit Trees, Shrubs and Plants, with a description of the best varieties of fruit.

Illus. with wood engravings. Blindstamped cloth. NY: Orange Judd, 1866. Cole was the editor of The New England Farmer, and published this book originally in 1849. This edition was published just at the end of the Civil War, and contains the latest information on growing American fruit, from apples and pears to barberries and pomegranates. Chipping to spine ends, fading to cloth; period newspaper clippings mounted to front & rear endpapers, else about very good. $60.

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McAvoy Brewing Co. Malt Marrow Cook Book.

Cloth-backed pictorial boards. First Edition. N.p.: Felix Mendelson, 1912. While somewhat stained & worn, this is a charming cookbook of recipes using Malt Marrow, "the tonic of the age." $40.

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(Chicago) The Daily News Cook Book...Seasonable, Inexpensive Bills of Fare for Every Day in the Year.

Pictorial cloth. First Edition. Chicago: Chicago Daily News, 1896. A reprint from the Chicago Record Cook Book, this contains 1,100 prize menus with recipes, and all are contributions by the women of Chicago and the Midwest. A bit of rubbing to spine extremities, else near fine, with bright and wonderful cover image. $150.

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Mrs. Ellis. Mrs. Ellis's Complete Cook, or Perfect Instructor in All Branches of Cookery and Domestic Economy.

Illus. with wood engravings demonstrating carving methods. Orig. brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Likely First Edition. NY: James Miller, 1867. Published just after the Civil War ended, with numerous sweet and savory recipes, including some great regional American influences like hominy, New England chowder, fried clams, gumbo, preserved watermelon rinds, pigeon pie, Indian pudding, etc. Chipping to spine ends, a few spots to upper rear cover, fading to spine, else very good. $250.

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Landreth, Burnet. Market Gardening and Farm Notes: Experiences and Observations in the Garden and Field, of interest to the Amateur Gardener, Trucker and Farmer.

Green cloth, spine lettered in gilt. NY: Orange Judd, 1905. Written for farmers wishing to bring their products to market, withchapters on farm implements needed, a calendar of seasonality, instructions on cold-frames and hot-beds, roots for stock feeding, sowing seeds, dealing with bugs, etc. Rubbing to spine ends, else very good. $60.

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(West Texas) Kingdom in the Hills Cook Book.

Illus. Pictorial wrappers. Second Edition. Volente, TX: Anderson Mill Gardeners, 1962. West Texas' premiere community cookbook, with recipes for Peach Pickles, Mother Johnson's Ripe Tomato Relish, Barbecue Sauce, Huevos Rancheros, etc. Very good. $30.

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(Oklahoma) Abbott, Mae. Oklahoma Indian Cook Book.

Illus. incl. author port. frontis. Pictorial stiff wrappers. First Edition. Utica, NY: Madmar Quality, 1956. Abbott was of Choctaw descent, and here provides recipes for native American dishes such as Sock-Ko-Nip-Kee (Squirrel & sofkey grits), Stomp-She, Sour Tanfula (hominy), Squaw Bread Syrup, and numerous previously unrecorded recipes. A great record. $40.

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Baglioni, "Pin." 150 Hors D'Oeuvre Recipes.

Illus. incl. ads from NYC grocers, food purveyors and liquor stores. Red & orange cloth. First Edition. NY: Claude Kendall & Willoughby Sharp, 1935. Baglioni worked at the Embassy Club in London. His recipes from that esteemed establishment include Sole and Lobster, Potted Shrimps, Grape Fruit Cocktail, Herring Salad, etc. Near fine. $50.

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(North Dakota) Mrs. T.A. Gagnon's Cook Book for Practical Housekeeping.

Black cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Grafton, ND: Grafton New & Times, 1919. A scarce imprint from the upper Midwest, with recipes for Hominy Muffins, "A Good Graham Loaf," blood sausage, American Chop Suey, Indian Squaw Dish, instructions on smoking, salting & curing hams and bacon, making headcheese and lard and sausage, etc. Rubbing to spine ends, else very good. $95.

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(California) Lemcke, Mary & Vida Shepard. Four n' Twenty Blackbirds: California Game Cookery and Other Recipes, Based upon Products of Northern California.

Spiral-bound pictorial wrappers. Chico: Quad-Co Printing, 1972. California game is the province of California's most innovative chefs these days, but in 1949, two elderly ladies culled these recipes from locals' experiences in the woods and dales of NorCal. Recipes for Abalone Chowder Supreme, Quail in Yams, Fried Rattlesnake ("Mr. Rodgers says no danger if the snake bites itself in the process of being killed"), Frogs in Dutch Oven, etc. A bit of discoloration from from red covers to lower edges, else near fine. $45.

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Bazore, Katherine. Hawaiian and Pacific Foods: A Cookbook of Culinary Customs and Recipes.

Jacket. First Edition Thus. NY: Gramercy Publishing, 1947. From the jacket flap: "The new nearness of all parts of the world has made the delicious foods of the Hawaiian and other Pacific Islands more appreciated today than ever before." Very good and bright. $45.

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(Michigan) Revised Edition of Our Kitchen Secrets, compiled by the Woman's Social Union of the First Congregational Church of Owosso, Michigan.

Cloth-backed boards. Owosso: 1904. Replete with ads for local businesses and with recipes from church members for Fig Pudding, Washington Pie, Roast Goose, Elder Blossom Wine, etc. Period owner's manuscript recipes in rear. Staining and wear, good only, but scarce. $120.

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Veyrat, Marc & Francois Couplan. Herbier Gourmand: 50 Plantes Aromatiques.

Illus. with photographs by Daniel de Neve. Pictorial boards. First Edition. France: Hachette, 1997. Veyrat's classic work on using herbs and aromatic plants in cooking. Fine. $80.

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(Swedish Cookbook). Gronberg, Amalia. Ekonomisk Kokbok och Hushallslara.

Illus. with meat charts in red & black print. Cloth-backed pictorial boards. Helsinki: Forlagsaktiebolaget Otava, 1912. pp. 97-98 well-worn and taped back in; inner joints reinforced, else very good, with great illustrations. A nice early Swedish book, published in Finland. $50.

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Miner, T.B. The American Bee Keeper’s Manual.

iv, 349, 10 pp. Illus. incl. hand-colored frontis. Original gilt and blind-tooled boards. London: C.M. Saxton & Co. 1857. Library stamp of Peabody Library on title page, another bookplate has been removed from front paste-down. Occasional foxing. Binding shows some wear, particularly to the spine. Scarce. Overall a near very good copy. (Harding 266) ‘[The] best all-round American bee-book till then published’ (Walker). $750.

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(Colorado) Snow, Mrs. Mary B. Mrs. Snow's Practical Cook Book for Home and Schools.

White-lettered blue cloth. First Edition. Denver: 1903. Several pages of local ads in rear, as well as a couple blank pages with manuscript pencil recipes from the owner. Lower front corner broken, general shelf wear, else very good - an early Devner imprint. $150.

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Cocktails - Manuscript recipe book • Rick Pettit

London, c.1890. Tall folio, 31.5 cmx21.5 cm. 144 pp. (18 manuscript leaves and 126 blank pp.). Period vellum, marbled endpapers, ruled blue paper, marbled edges. Interesting & legible manuscript recipes in a single hand. 95 of the recipes are culinary, a large number of which are for mixed drinks. Included are 3 recipes for variations of "Rum Shrubs", directions for making "Birkhill Ginger Beer," two different recipes for "Spruce Beer," and numerous others, incl. whiskey shrub, sherry cobblers, champagne cups, raspberry drams, milk punch, cider cup, egg flip, moselle cup, beer cup, orange brandy, an "American Season Ticket," lemonade syrup, etc., etc. (and a whopping 7 different recipes for a claret cup). In addition, there are recipes for curries and a Caribbean "John Le Gall's Pepper Pot." Very good condition - totally legible and fascinating. $1,500

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Gray, Arthur. The Little Tea Book.

Illus. by George Hood. Gilt-lettered pictorial cloth. NY: Baker & Taylor, 1903. Fine - adorable, in a fantastic binding. $300.

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Rawson, W.W. Success in Market Gardening: A New Vegetable Growers' Manual.

Replete with wood engravings & photographs. Gilt-lettered red cloth. Revised Edition. Boston: Rawson, 1892. A guide to planting American crop varieties such as sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, etc. Old splatters to front cover, else very good. $200.

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Brillat-Savarin. The Physiology of Taste, or Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy.

Intro. by Arthur Machen. Woodcut designs by Andrew Johnson. Frontis. port. 4to, 3/4 white & blue boards, gilt-lettered spine. No. 100 of 500 copies. Garden City: Doubleday, Page, 1926. Armorial bookplate of Dudley Lunt. A bit of darkening to spine, rubbing to spine head, else a very good copy of a scarce limited edition. $300.

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Packman, Ana Begue. Early California Hospitality: The Cookery Customs of Spanish California, with authentic recipes and menus of the period.

Illus. from drawings. Printed. wrappers. Advance proof. Fresno: Academy Library Guild. Jeremiah Tower's copy, with his signature to inside front wrapper. The 'First Edition" was published the following year in hardcover, so one can only assume this plain binding in wrappers was an advance proof, though this is not stated in the book. Browning to spine and extremities, else very good - scarce, and with a great association to the arbiter of modern California cuisine. $150. SOLD

Coburn, F.D. Swine Husbandry: A Practical Manual for the Breeding, Rearing and Management of Swine.

Illus. with wood engraving of pigs and their enclosures. Gilt-stamped pictorial green cloth. First Edition. NY: Orange Judd, 1877. A fascinating look at the heritage pig breeds in America, and in fine, stunning condition. $150.

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Fulton, James Alexander. Peach Culture.

Illus. with wood engravings. Gilt-stamped pictorial green cloth. Revised Edition. NY: Orange Judd, 1882. Fine and bright; an important 19th century American work on peaches. $180.

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Child [Lydia Maria]. The American Frugal Housewife, dedicated to those who are not ashamed of economy.

130 pp. Original cloth-backed printed boards. 29th Edition. NY: Samuel S. & William Wood, 1844. Title page cites as 29th edition, while cover states 27th. Strong emphasis on thrift and self-reliance; offers suggestions for the frugal life in general, as well as for thrifty cooking. Rubbing to extremities, discoloration to covers & some interior faint dampstaining; front free endpaper lacking, rear free endpaper lacking lower 1/4, thus good only, but a scarce and important work. $200.

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Chinese-English Cookery of European Food. Cloth. Hong Kong: Shanghai Book Store, c.1950's.

Recipes for classic European fare printed on the left side of each page, while the Chinese translation appears on the right. About fine. $45.

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The Kenya Settlers' Cookery Book and Household Guide.

Illus. with ads for local businesses. Cloth-backed printed boards. Tenth Edition. Nairobi: East African Standard, 1949. Filled with recipes from home (treacle and lemon pudding) and Africa (ground nut soup), and a fascinating section of translatable instructions to servants in the rear. Very good. $75

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(Southern Livestock) Randall, Henry S. Sheep Husbandry; with an Account of the Different Breeds, and General Directions in Regard to Summer and Winter Management, Breeding, and the Treatment of Diseases.

Illus. with wood engravings of sheep. Cloth, gilt-lettered spine. NY: Bangs, Brother, & Co, 1852. Thisfascinating volume exclusively covers sheep husbandry (and attendant sheep dogs) inthe Southern United States, making it (at 320 pages) the most extensive work ever produced on the subject. Section of cloth lacking from along rear hinge, some spotting to covers; scattered foxing, else very good and quite scarce. $250.

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Armsby, Henry P. Manual of Cattle-Feeding.

525 pp. Gilt-lettered pebbled green cloth. NY: John Wiley & Sons, 1882. As complete a work as one could hope for on the subject, particularly about the grasses and feed crops of the United States toward the end of the 19th century. Very good condition. $60.

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Easson, R.B. California Poultry Production.

Illus. from photographs. Cloth. First Edition. San Francisco: Pacific Rural Press, 1923. All there was to know about poultry production in the early 20th century in California. Near fine. $95.

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Fitz, James. Sweet Potato Culture: Giving Full Instructions from Starting the Plants to Harvesting and Storing the Crop, with a chapter on the Chinese Yam.

Illus. from drawings. Gilt-lettered brown cloth. New & enlarged Edition. NY: Orange Judd, 1914. Near fine condition - a sweet little book. $45.

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Sisters of the Church of the Bretheren. Inglenook Cook Book.

Pictorial white cloth. New & Revised Edition. Elgin, IL: Bretheren Publishing, 1920.

Inglenooks were the dining areas of bungalows that became popular during the Arts & Crafts movement at the early part of the 20th century. This collection of recipes includes American classics like Baked Hominy, Turnip Slaw, Virginia Potpie, and several German recipes reflecting the emigrant heritage of the Midwest. Very good and bright. $45.

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Field, Thomas W. Pear Culture: A Manual for the Propagation, Planting, Cultivation, and Management of the Pear Tree.

With descriptions and illustrations of the most productive of the finer varieties and selections of kinds most profitably grown for market. Illus. with wood cuts of American pear varieties. Pebbled cloth, gilt-lettered spine. NY: Orange Judd, 1856.

Warping to covers, else good only, but scarce - an important American work on the subject. $95.

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Hume, H. Harold. Citrus Fruits and their Culture.

Illus. from photographs. Green cloth. NY: Orange Judd, 1911. Focused mainly on citrus culture in California and Florida, using the latest methods. Dusty and a bit faded, else about very good. $95.

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Gourmet's Book of Food and Drink.

Color illustrations by Hendy. Orange cloth, paper spine label. First Edition. NY: Macmillan, 1935.

Darkening to spine, wear to spine label; foxing throughout, a few pencil notes, else good, with charming illustrations and some great cocktail recipes. $50.

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Lambert, Mrs. Almeda. Guide for Nut Cookery, Together with a Brief History of Nuts and their Food Values.

Illus. incl. color frontis. of a chestnut. Pictorial green cloth. First Edition. Battle Creek, MI: Joseph Lambert, 1899.

A rare Victorian book on the use of nuts in cookery, with recipes for making nut butters and pastes with the author's original names. The author's husband, publisher Joseph Lambert, invented a grinder for making peanut butter in the mid-1890's, and by the end of the decade, he had adapted a machine for home use. The couple began distributing nuts as well, and the book was a great addition to the product line. Some scratches to covers, front joint cracking, else very good. $120.

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Cobb, Ernest. Garden Steps: A Manual for the Amateur in Vegetable Gardening.

Illus. from photographs. Pictorial cloth. First Edition. Boston: Silver, Burdett, 1917.

With a WWI Victory Garden sensibility, an explanation of each vegetable and it's planting possibilities. Fine condition. $150.

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Phin, John. Open Air Grape Culture: A Practical Treatise on the Garden and Vineyard Culture of the Vine, and the Manufacture of Domestic Wine. Designed for the Use of Amateurs and Others in the Northern and Middle States...to which is added a selection of examples of American vineyard practice.

Illus. with wood engravings. Orig. blindstamped green cloth, gilt-lettered spine. First Edition. NY: C.M. Saxton, 1862.

An unusual Civil War-era book on winemaking in the United States, with the latest methods of growing and producing detailed. Saxton was an important agricultural publisher in the 19th century. Very good condition. $250.

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Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries. Report on the Marketing of Honey and Beeswax in England and Wales.

Illus. from photographs and charts of honey displays, color grades, packaging, etc. Blue cloth, printed cover label, owner's name stamped in gilt on front cover. London: His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1931. Near fine, a window into the world of beekeeping and honey production in England in the 1930's. $45.

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Cave, Henry. Golden Tips: A Description of Ceylon and its Great Tea Industry.

Illus. from photos by the author of tea plantations across Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Gilt-dec. white cloth, gilt-lettered spine, a.e.g. First Edition. London: Sampson Low Marston, 1900. An important early work on Ceylon's tea industry, with beautiful descriptions of the land and the plantations. Near fine. $300.

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Lady Jekyll. Kitchen Essays.

Intro. by Lady Freyberg. Illus. by Pauline Baynes. Jacket. First Edition Thus. London: Collins, c.1960. 2" closed tear to lower rear jacket panel, small piece of jacket lacking from upper rear panel, short tear to upper front panel, else very good. $45. SOLD


Women of the First Presbyterian Church. Presbyterian Cook Book.

Illus. from drawings of the First Presbyterian Church of Dayton, Ohio, in its various permutations. Dec. cloth. Dayton: United Bretheren Publishing, 1911. Minor rubbing to spine ends, else about fine. $45.

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Brugiere, Sara Van Buren. Good-Living: A Practical Cookery-Book for Town and Country.

643 pp. Printed white boards. Household Edition. NY: G.P. Putnam's, 1908. An important look at the American foodways of the turn-of-the-last-century, with long-lost recipes for "pickled or soused shad," "fried pig's feet for breakfast," "wild duck with jelly sauce," "woodcock and snipe roasted," "arrow-root souffle," etc. Fine condition. $250.

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U.S.D.A. Factors that make for Success in Farming in the South.

Illus. throughout from photographs of Southern farms, migrant workers, livestock, etc. Replete with charts and graphs detailing Southern farm production, particularly Georgia. Pictorial wrappers. Washington, DC: Sept. 1920. A fascinating look at farming in the South post-Reconstruction. Very good. $30.

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Vincent, Mrs. Adebisi. A Cookery Book for the Tropics. Foreword by Dr. Soyode Franklin (chief medical officer, Western Nigeria).

Printed flexible cloth. Fourth Edition. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1970. Mostly African recipes, with detailed introductions to each food group (Pulses and Nuts, Rice, Vegetables, etc.), with menu suggestions as well. Very good. $40.

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Rundell, Maria Eliza. A New System of Domestic Cookery, formed upon Principles of Economy and adapted to the use of Private Families Throughout the United States. By A Lady.

Illus with 9 plates, incl. frontis. of beef, veal and mutton cuts. [ii], 312 pp. Period tree calf, leather spine label. NY: M’Dermut & D.D. Arden, 1814. Bitting, pp. 410-411; Cagle & Stafford 665-679. Originally published in 1806 and frequently revised and reprinted under a variety of titles in both England and the United States throughout the nineteenth century. Early editions such as this one are rare. Considered "the earliest manual of household management with any pretensions to completeness, calling forth many imitations." Very good condition, with just small piece of leather from spine tail and rear free endpaper lacking. $400.

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(Washington State) Choice Receipts, selected from the Best Manuscript Authorities...Published Toward the Erection of a Girl's School at Walla Walla.

Gilt-lettered green cloth.68 pp. Hartford: 1873. An explanatory preface states that, "The first edition of this little book, issued in 1872, for the benefit of Christ Church Fair, sold so rapidly, that the demand far exceeded the supply..." and that this second, revised edition had been printed, "...the proceeds of which have been donated by the compiler toward the erection of a Girl's School at Walla Wall, Washington Territory." Recipes seem to hail from the East Coast, however: Hartford Election Cake, Philadelphia Ice Cream, etc. Near fine. $150.

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Bemelmans, Ludwig. Small Beer.

Illus. with drawings by Bemelmans. Jacket. First UK Edition. London: The Bodley Head, 1940. Chipping to jacket spine head, darkening to jacket spine, slight discoloring spot to front panel, else very good. $50. SOLD

Hibben, Shiela. The National Cookbook: A Kitchen Americana.

Cloth. First Edition. NY: Harper, 1932. Inscribed & signed by Hibben on the front free endpaper. Expertly rebacked in newer cloth, with later flyleaves (but orig. front free endpaper). Irregular fading to covers, else about very good. r, a prominent food columnist of the era and an early campaigner for fresh, local ingredients over "strawberries picked green and shipped too far," was a White House menu advisor to Eleanor Roosevelt. Many recipes here are identified by their state of origin (Tennesee Corn-Cob Soup; Maryland Broiled Shad Roe, etc.) 452 pp. including index. $750.

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Etablissements Nicolas. Liste des Grands Vins Fins 1934.

30 pp. Illus. with color woodcuts by Latour. Comb-bound, six-color & silver-stamped stiff wrappers. Charentonle: 1934. Etablissements Nicolas was at the cutting edge of advertising, with their catalogs all designed by the most modern artists and designers of the day. About fine. $250.

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Quackenbush’s Nut Picks and Cracks.

Catalog, illus. throughout with engraved images of nutcrackers & picks. Pictorial stiff wrappers. Herkimer, NY: H.M. Quackenbush, c.1930. Fine condition; charming. $40.

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Marinetti. The Futurist Cookbook. Trans. by Suzanne Brill. Ed. with intro. by Lesley Chamberlain.

Illus. from tinted photographs. Dec. wrappers. First Edition Thus. San Francisco: Bedford Arts. 1989. Scarce edition of this famous manifesto. Fine. $95.

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Fisher, M.F.K. On the Rocks.

Small cloth-backed marbled boards, paper cover label. 1 of a limited edition. White Bear Lake, MN: Ampersand Club, 1997. The untitled and anonymously-compiled word-list of cocktail terms that appears in the book was discovered in a small notebook in the library of M.F.K. Fisher. The manuscript consists of 15 pages on graph paper, in pencil. Spelling and punctuation are preserved. Fine. $65.

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Ude, Louis Eustache. The French Cook, a System of Fashionable and Economical Cookery, adapted to the use of English Families.


Frontis. steel-engraved port. of the author. Period 3/4 calf & marbled boards, raised spine bands, leather spine label. Tenth Edition, corrected & enlarged, with appendix. London: John Ebers, 1829. Formal French cuisine laid out for an English audience by the celebrated Monsieur Ude, who cooked for Louis XVI, the Earl of Sefton, and the Duke of York. This classic cookbook, groundbreaking in its day, was first published in 1813 and is here in its tenth edition, with a frontispiece portrait of the author engraved by A. Deane after a Maclise drawing, and nine pages depicting bills of fare as they should be arranged at table. The work is peppered liberally with French terms (of which a vocabulary is provided) and with elaborate techniques that seem likely to have been in use in the most elegant kitchens (but not necessarily beyond the reach of less elite aspirants); Byron swiped the names of many of Ude's dishes for use in canto 15, stanzas 62?74 of "Don Juan," and indeed two of Ude's suggested course progressions for stanza 63 (see p. 426). 12mo (19.5 cm, 7.7"). Frontis., lxxii, 485, [3] pp.; illus. Bitting 471; Cagle 1037 (for first ed.); Hazlitt 167; Oxford 142. Rubbing to extremities, joint cracked at pp.142-143, else very good. $600.


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Case, Frank. Feeding the Lions: An Algonquin Cook Book.


Illus. by O. Soglow. Jacket. First Edition. NY: Greystone, 1942. Inscribed & signed by Case on the front free endpaper, dated 1942. Case was the owner and manager of the Algonquin, perhaps better known for its famous guests than its food. The "Algonquin Roundtable" was comprised of Dorothy Parker, Harpo Marx, Alexander Woolcott, George S. Kaufman, and other wits of the day, and they met regularly at the hotel for lunch and banter. Ah, to have been a fly on the wall...A bit of chipping to jacket spine ends & corners, old repair to jacket spine heard, else near fine & bright. $500.

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De Gouy, Louis P. The Derrydale Cook Book of Fish and Game. 2 vols.


Gilt-stamped maroon cloth, slipcase. No. 1086 of 1250 copies. First Edition. NY: Derydale Press, 1937. Fine set of De Gouy's most famous tome (of many he wrote on cooking). $300.

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Street, Julian. Wines.


Jacket. NY: Knopf, 1966. Originally published in 1933, my favorite thing about this book is the rave review by Mrs. Julian Street on the front cover! Very good and bright. $45.

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Farley, John. The London Art of Cookery, and Housekeeper's Complete Assistant.


On a New Plan. Made Plain and Easy to the Understanding of every Housekeeper, Cook and Servant in the Kingdom., Containing, Proper Directions for the Choice of all Kinds of Provisions. Instructions for trussing Poultry. Roasting and Boiling all Sorts of Butchers Meat, Poultry, Game, and Fish. Baking, Broiling, and Frying. Sauces for every Occasion. Soups, Broths, Stews, and Hashes. Ragoos and Fricassees. Made Dishes, both plain and elegant. All Sorts of Pies and Puddings. Pancakes and Fritters. Proper Instructions for dressing Fruits and Vegetables. Pickling, Potting, and Preserving. The Preparation of Hams, Tongues and Bacon. To keep Garden Stuffs and Fruits in Perfection… [32], 467, [5] ad pp. Illus. with copper-engraved frontis. port. and 12 plates showing various table settings with numerous dishes, showing a Bill of Fare for each month of the year. Period calf, professionally rebacked in later calf, morocco spine label. Seventh Edition. London: J. Scatcherd, J. Whitaker & G & T Wilkie, 1792.

As can be seen by the precise recipes in this book, the London Tavern was justly renowned, during John Farley's tenure, as one of the City of London's best hostelries. Very good copy of this early edition. $550.

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Graham, Molly. Cooking Out of Doors.


London: Andre Deutsch, 1960. Recipes for picnics, sailing, camping, and barbecues, including skewered chicken livers, fish hot pot, and grilled herring. Near fine. $30. SOLD

Rombauer, Irma S. & Marion Rombauer Becker. The New Joy of Cooking

Jacket. Indianapolis: Bobbs Merrill, 1953. Arguably the most famous American cookbook, the 1953 version still contained the recipe for stewed squirrel, ousted in more "modern" editions. This copy is scarce because the dust jacket is present, and other than some chipping at the jacket spine head & front upper corner, in very good, bright condition. Cloth vol. is in fine condition. $200.

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L.E.A. La Cuisiniere de la Campagne et de la Ville, ou Nouvelle Cuisine Economique.

Hand-colored frontis. plate of salads with flowers. 666 + 13 ad pp. 39th Ed. Plain cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Paris: Audot, 1859. $300.

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Black, Mrs. Superior Cookery.

Illus. with bright chromolithograph plates of food. Gilt-lettered dec. cloth. London & Glasgow: William Collins, Sons, c.1880's. $60.

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Kenny-Herbert, Robert (Wyvern). Culinary Jottings: A Treatise in Thirty Chapters on Reformed Cookery for Anglo-Indian Exiles, based upon Modern English, and Continental Principles...and an essay on our kitchens in India.

Gilt-lettered blue cloth. Sixth Ed. Madras: Higginbotham, 1891. How to survive the wilds of India and barely leave the food of England at home. Bright condition. $250.

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Farmer, Fannie Merritt. Catering for Special Occasions

Green cloth, pictorial cover label, gilt-lettered spine. Illus. with great drawings of cherubic Park Avenue-type angels, and also from photographs of table settings. First Edition. Philadelphia: David McKay, 1911. Near fine $200.

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