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Edith M Thomas. MARY AT THE FARM. AND BOOK OF RECIPES. COMPILED DURING HER VISIT AMONG THE “PENNSYLVANIA GERMANS”. Norristown: John Hartenstine, 1915. first edition. 440 pages. brown cloth with gilt stamped title on front cover and spine. stories of eastern Pennsylvania life- late 19th life – lots of Penn German recipes, illustrations of decorative arts particular tot he area. a very good copy- tight and clean.  Bitting 459. $125. 



Sara Bosse and Onoto Watanna. CHINESE-JAPANESE COOK BOOK. Chicago: Rand McNally & Company, 1914. small 16mo. 120pp + publ. early  imprint of Asian cooking in America perhaps in tribute to her Chinese mother, the story is a little blurry. Why not? An interesting wikipedia biography here. A bright little copy, bright paste on, clean and tight. lightly bumped corners. $300.



Giovanni Della Casa. GALATEO OR THE BOOK OF MANNERS. Middlesex: Penguin Books, 1958. R. S. Pine-Coffin, new translation. near ‘as new’ Penguin pb copy. 131 pgs. 16th century etiquette relevant for 2017. $20.





Luia Forbes. DINNER IS SERVED.  self published, 1941. Amusing drawings by Brian Fawcett. Written in English and Spanish. A hefty mixture of Peruvian and also European. Vivid descriptions of Old Peru—-Cooking for ‘influential’ friends. A book dedicated to the vice-president of Peru. 213 pages. from an invitation for a lecture she was giving, inserted in a copy I had once in my shop: Lady Forbes has led a brilliant and exciting life.  Born in Cape Town, South Africa, she spent her girl-hood playing on the slopes of Table Mountain and enjoying the company of famous men like Cecil Rhodes and Rudyard Kipling. After her marriage to Sir Victor Courtenay Forbes, British Ambassador, she lived in Mexico City, Madrid, Rome and Lima. All who have heard Lady Forbes speak have been enchanted by her profound knowledge and her fascinating recollections of the places she has lived. 


This copy is boldly signed by Luia Forbes on the FEP. $75.




Harvey Day. CURRIES OF INDIA (c1955,1967); THE SECOND BOOK OF CURRIES (1958);  THE THIRD BOOK OF CURRIES (1960); THE FOURTH BOOK OF CURRIES (1964); THE FIFTH BOOK OF CURRIES (1967). Covering recipes from Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and Malaya, China and Korea and other countries, with recipes as varied as Bulkoki to Chop Suey. slim volumes, all with jackets though some are scuffed. $115.


SMALL folding RIMMEL FAN. 6 panels with brass grommet, astrological caricatures. from the Rimmel shop, London or Paris. $95.



Eugene Rimmel. THE BOOK OF PERFUMES.  London: Chapman and Hall, 1871. seventh edition. 266 pages. gilt edges. gilt stamped front cover and spine. more than 250 illustrations, 1 colour plate. a history in 12 chapters. It’s perfume !! Love it. $165. 





Rodger L and Linda Welsch. CATHER’S KITCHENS. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1987. start with My Antonia if you haven’t  already read Cather. Antonia’s life on the prairie— with Kolaches ! $22. 


The Ladies Auxiliary of the Homestead Welfare Club. AMANA RECIPES. Iowa, 1948. coming from Frankfurt in the early18th century, settling in Native Peoples’ land in NY state, moved next to Kansas and then Iowa into Native Peoples’ territories confiscated by the US government. a pseudo-communistic community. blue and white printed cover, DJ. German recipes from the community. $25. 







Alvarado Middleditch, M.D.  HOMES AND HOME LIFE.  Philadelphia: P.W. Zieglaer & Co., 1883. 576 pages. 4 color chromoliths of garden flowers. How to achieve Good Health, Long Life and a Happy Home— brown cloth with gilt and stamped cover— light shelf wear. An excellent copy. profusely illustrated. $95.

[Sidney Grimaldi.] THE TOILET. London: The Author, 1821, second edition. A book of good virtues for young girls. Good virtues encouraged in charming ways— Constructed as a “flap” book- unpaginated. In relatively very good condition, one  flap and one tissue guard missing. Original paper covered boards, centered title with simple decorative border. fragile sewn binding holding. hand colored flaps and virtue engravings.

Table of Contents:

1.The Enchanting Mirror. 2. A was to smooth Wrinkles, 3.An universal Beautifier.tissue, 4.Matchless Ear Rings,

5.Best White Paint, 6.Superior Rouge, 7.A mixture to Sweeten the Voice, 8.Fine Lip Salve, 9.The late King’s Eye Water.  $650.

William I. Kaufman. J’AIME LE CHOCOLAT. Robert Morel, 1969. first French. c. 1967, Doubleday, in English. a bright, tight, clean copy, almost new, i page of marginalia. silver endpages— great design for a chocolate book. $65.


Lily Rice Foxcroft. WHILE YOU ARE A GIRL. Boston: The Pilgrim Press, 1913. Girls and virtues— Tempers and Tongues; Mothers and Daughters; Imposing on Others, several other chapters. 188 pages. decorative page borders. gilt edging at top, bright dust jacket with small tears, frontis with tissue guard. $65.


Cauderlier. L’ECONOMIE CULINAIRE. Ghent: A.D. Hoste, n.d. first published in 1861. this being the dixieme edition. a bright copy, sunned spine, 478 pages. with pressed flowers & hand written recipe slipped in. 17 1/4 "  folding page of diagrams.   $75.

William Scott. LESSONS IN ELOCUTION: OR A SELECTION OF PIECES, IN PROSE AND VERSE, FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF YOUTH IN READING & SPEAKING. TO WHICH ARE PREFIXED ELEMENTS OF GESTURE ILLUSTRATED BY FOUR PLATES; AND RULES FOR EXPRESSING, WITH PROPRIETY, THE VARIOUS PASSIONS, &c. OF THE MIND. Boston: Isiaiah Thomas, 1811. third edition. 407 pages. an anthology of selected essays & passages that express the serious, the tragic, the humorous, for thought and discussion, to be read aloud by the student; with four hand colored plates illustrating gestures. a previous owners ex libris in large decorative script pasted on the fep.  $110.


N. M. Turner. (Her Book.)  Towanda, Pa. November 15, 1916. scrap book of various newspaper clippings and newspaper recipes. pasted into a repurposed book that is entitled DARING DEEDS OF AMERICAN HEROES, 1856.  several pages of recipes, several pages ‘scissor cut’ out. $95.




Madam Susanna Avery, Her Book. A PLAIN PLANTAIN. Falls Village: The Herb Growers Press, 1950. reprint from the original 1688 edition. a limited edition #256 of 485 copies. printed in memory of Rosetta E. Clarkson who published The Herb Journal with her husband. 99 pages. receipts for remedies, cordialls, waters, salves, etc.   $65.



F. Point. MA GASTRONOMIE. Paris: Flammarion, 1969.  178 pages. a tribute to the town of Vienne and his restaurant, La Pyramide. silk covered boards, stamped titles, paste on decoration on front cover, original mylar cover, illustrated end pages. Bright clean, tight copy, bumped bottom corners. $225.


May Byron. MAY BYRON’S JAM BOOK. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1923. encyclopedic, from apples to whortleberries, fruit pastes, jams, jellies, cheeses, butters, crystallizing, candying, spiced fruits, drying fruits. in a dust jacket, looks unused. 276 pages, 543 recipes. $95.


HAND FAN. Chocolate advertising. 'Importe du Japan' sold


Enid Blyton. LET’S GARDEN. London: Latimer House Limited, 1948. thus. c.1935.  charming, beautifully illustrated, gardening book by the very prolific children’s author, with a bright jacket. light edge wear to the jacket. unused book just some old age spots on the edges. decorated end pages too. $150.

Dolores L. Latorre. COOKING AND CURING WITH MEXICAN HERBS. RECIPES AND REMEDIES GATHERED IN MUZQUIZ, COAHUILA.  Austin: Encino Press, 1977. 1st ed. as new sealed plastic bag. 178 pages. Culinary and medicinal use of plants. with recipes. illustrated with woodcuts of Barbara Whitehead.  $115.



Austin De Croze. WHAT TO EAT AND DRINK IN FRANCE. London: Frederick Warne & Co., 1931. Covering the provinces, foods and spirits, with illustrated map inside covers. A VG+ copy +VG+ jacket. 332pages.  $95.



LE LIVRE DE LA NOUVELLE MARIEE. UN GUIDE GENERAL POUR LA MARIEE DE MONTREAL. Brandow Publishing Company: Montreal,1930. 208 pages + advertising. Catholic family book for the new housewife and mother, promotional color advertising, a Nous Mariage Certificat- filled in. $75.



NOREN. Natural colored linen with hand painted squash motifs. rod sleeve for hanging. 2 panels  hand stitched  at the top. 34” W x 47”L .very pretty. $300.


BREAD BANNER. 46”L X 36”W.  medium weight cotton muslin with sizing. a vintage banner from  the Bread and Puppet Theater. as new. with curtain rod sleeve. unfinished edges.
Schumann founded the Bread and Puppet Theater in 1963 in New York City. The theater is named for its combination of puppetry shows with free freshly baked bread.(Sommer, The Buffalo News) They are in Glover, Vermont now and the theater’s peace
productions themes are politically themed.  $250.



Alan Davidson. NORTH ATLANTIC SEAFOOD. London: Macmillan Ltd.512 pages., 1979. 1st edition.   a dictionary of fish varieties, with remarks, references with 19th century drawing illustrations from historical sources; recipes beginning with Arroz de Polvo from Portugal traveling northward and into the seas, circumventing Greenland rounding Eastern Canada continuing southward to Georgia, USA.

512 pages. incorporating history, anecdotes, quotes, bibliographies and notes. Davidson was a much revered author and publisher. This copy is in VG/VG, well preserved, with a bookmark (ca early 1980's) as found, from the very famous bookshop owned by Heidi Lascelles, Books for Cooks, Notting Hill, London. $70.



Mary Ellis Ames. BALANCED MEALS. Minneapolis: Pillsbury Flour Mills, 1933. deco inspired, novelty aluminum case with clip binder. Thumb indexed, 225 pages plus additional unused blank pages for write ins. $65.




GYPSY FAN. THE NEW WOBURN OR BEDFORD (GYPSY FAN) FOR 1808. 8.5” Smooth wooden guards, 2 washers, good sticks, leaf design on one side of playing cards and fortunes and directions for playing. A pretty lace capped and bonneted lady beckons. see the similar fan in the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. sold

Merle Armitage. “ FIT FOR A KING”. New York: Longmans, Green & Company, 1939. large 8vo. 258 pp + 3. true 1st ed. bright, clean dust jacket, yellow cloth cover with stamped titles. The book was later printed by Duell, Sloan and Pearce using the same date. a cookbook noted for the unique Armitage design and for Edward Weston’s rich, warm black and white photographs of vegetables- placed at the end of the book. a collaborative book with notable artist and writer contributors: Gertrude Stein, Louis Untermeyer, Crosby Gaige. Rockwell Kent and Raymond Loewy, many others. The papers of Armitage are housed in The University of Iowa, The University of Texas in Austin and at The University of Arizona in Tucson. $400.

--another copy. second printing. NY: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1949. a VG copy in a bright yellow colored jacket that lacks the back strip. $100.

One of England’s most captivating and eloquent food writer was Elizabeth David. Writing about Mediterranean, French Country or Italian food, about Ice Cream or Bread, she was knowledgable and formidable to more than a few. She was inspirational and still is inspirational to many.
A group of postcards addressed to Elizabeth David. Liza, Liz, Mrs.David, Mrs. Elizabeth David, Mrs. Anthony David. 1 from 1948, the others from the 50’s and 60’s. one is addressed to National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, the others to her house at 24 Halsey Street London. $450.


N.M. Penzer. THE BOOK OF THE WINE LABEL. London: Home & Van Thal, 1947. 144 pages + 28 plates of labels in Mother of Peral, Porcelain, Silver and Curios. a science and an art for the collector. Bibliography. $65.



Pamela Vandyke Price. ALSACE WINES. London & New York: Sotheby’s Publications, 1984. covering The Alsace Vineyard, History, Varieties of grapes, How the wine is made, Special Wines, Confrerie Saint Etienne. maps and color plates. $30.


Alexandre Dumas.  GRAND DICTIONNAIRE DE CUISINE. Paris: Lemerre,1873. 155 pages + 24 pages of advertising. title page in red and black type. frontis with tissue guard, reinforced binding, tight and clean, 1/4 leather, mended corners. intro and portrait of Vuillemot     and several introductions, a calendar of months by de la Reyniere, the grand Dictionnaire, that will give histories, recipes or how the listed is used. a section of Vin. encyclopedic. $2100.
—PETIT DICTIONNAIRE DE CUISINE PAR ALEXANDRE DUMAS. Paris: Alphonse Lemerre, 1882. 819 pages. front paper covers detached, binding loose. fragile paper. clean. $550.


Robbins, Wilfred William; John Peabody Harrington; Barbara Freire-Marreco. THE ETHNOBOTANY OF THE TEWA INDIANS. Washington: Government pPrinting Office, 1916. 124 pages + folding map of the Jemez Plateau, showing topography, ruins, cliff dwellings and settlements of the Pueblo. The authors have identified the plant specimens the Tewa have used for healing and for foods, seeds, nuts, leaves, wood, juice, gum, gall balls, with annotated lists of plants and trees, indigenous and cultivated. Illustrations and photographs of plants and terrain. The authors also have listed Tewa words and pronounciation symbols and a small section on the uses for some of the gathered vegetation. Khaki colored cloth uniform to the government studies. title on spine, uniform to the series. $45.




Letter from Alice B. Toklas to Mr. Cummings (Philip Cummings, Woodstock, VT)  from the apartment at 27 Rue de Fleurus. The letter was written one year after the publication of The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas, a book that brought much fame and notoriety to the couple. Alice had written the cookbook after Gertrude’s death, in it recalling the company and meals, the wars they had seen, their lives together in Bilignin.
It is a short, beautifully crafted letter. $750.


There are 3 different links in my short description from The New York Times and to Wikipedia pages about Mr. Cummings and 27 rue de Fleurus.



TEA. From The Mark T. Wendell Tea Company.
HU KWA. Green Tea, Earl Gray. Loose tea in tins. Call or write for prices.





Henriette Davidis. PRACTISCHES KOCHBUCH FUR DIE GEWOHNLICHE UND FEINERE KUCHE. Bielefeld and Leipzig: Verlag Velhagen & Klasing, 1882. with Luise Rosendorf. 680 pages. Box is dated from website as 1888. not a perfect match- book and box, but the book which varies in size from printing date to printing city-- fits perfectly in this box. in German of course.  $150.

Above Illustration. Henriette Davidis-Holle. PRACTISCHES   KOCHBUCH.  Bielefield und Liepzig: Verlag von Belhagen & Klasing, 1927. 667 pages, a very bright copy, decorative endpages. old Germanic typeface, color plates and line illustrations. All purpose cooking and household. In a beautifully preserved, bright  box.  $175.


1935  Box and book almost as new. $225.  above illustration in red