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Luia Forbes. DINNER IS SERVED.  1941. Drawings by Brian Fawcett. Written in English and Spanish. A chapter of Peruvian recipes. Cooking for ‘influential’ friends. A book dedicated to the vice-president of Peru. 213 pages. with a deep blue dust wrapper. $125.

from an on line archived newspaper: LADY FORBES TO GIVE AFTERNOON LECTURE   "Wild Flowers I Have Picked" will be the title  of an afternoon lecture to be presented by Luia, Lady  Forbes in the Society rooms on Tuesday, March 30  at 2 P.M.   Lady Forbes has led a brilliant and exciting life.  Born in Capetown, 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. Members will be admitted free and may bring guests upon payment of a $3.00 guest fee. Guest tickets must be obtained in advance.


F. Marian McNeill. THE SCOTS KITCHEN.ITS TRADITIONS AND LORE.  London: Blackie & Son Limited, 1948. C.1929. very clean and bright.  An observation of the Scottish home life, with literary references and historical references and recipes. A people rich in all of these as narrated by the engaging writing style of McNeill. $100.

A large 13" circular bowl made by Beatrice Wood. This bowl 'glows' with her characteristic opalescent glazes that she used in her pottery. The motif is a beautiful Madonna and Child- a madonna who looks very much like Beatrice Wood herself. Signed 'Beato' on the back. No edge chips, a hairline crack in the glaze, appears to be part of the firing. $3500.

A sturdy 2 piece teapot ca. 1950’s. from the designer Swedish Gunnar Nylund (1904-1997) Often pretty teapots like this are put in a display cupboard and never used. This was in a cupboard. The large base pot would be used for hot water. The spout of the teapot has strainer holes to catch the leaves. Dark brown matte glaze with traces of green under glaze in the lower pot, white shiny glaze in the inside teapot.  8 ½”h x 5” bottom pot diameter. no chips or cracks. a generous 2 cup upper pot. $600.


Adolphe Torelli. 900 RECETTES DE COCKTAILS ET BOISSONS AMERICAINES. Paris: Bornemann, 1947.192 pages alphabetically listed, in French.  an as new copy with just a bit of ageing. $325.

16 PAGES OF NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS SCRAPBOOK. pasted over the Pembroke Conservatory of Ontario program booklet. additional paste-ons-on the front and back covers. Dated 1916.  from  housewife in Guelph, Ontario. $95.

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Madeleine Kamman. THE MAKING OF A COOK. NY: Atheneum, 1971. A TV chef with a French accent, author of When French Women Cook-- easier haute. 559 pages, red end pages, deckled edges, dust jacket, fine insides, previous owners signature on FEP. Madeleine’s signature on title page, dated ’98. $150.

ENGLISH BREAD AND YEAST COOKERY.Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1987. 1977. Paperbound copy, with a signature of Elizabeth David on the title page. A very good, clean copy that has a small moisture stain on the front cover. $365.

Maida Heatter. NEW BOOK OF GREAT DESSERTS. NY: Alfred Knopf, 1982.  First edition, stated. A near fine copy in a near fine dust jacket,

in a protective sleeve. 468 pages. $125.


A  small broadside that would be in the dining halls where the guests ate with the Shakers. beginning with Gather up the fragments that remain, that none be lost.’ John 6:12.

Here then is the pattern               Tho' Heaven has bless'd us

Which Jesus has set;                      With plenty of food:

Double column, double lined, 8 verses, in a double lined frame. 2 punched holes at the top. This printed ca, 1900. From the visitor’s dining room, Shaker Village, N.H.  unframed. $225.

Descriptions of the clothing worn in 1857.

A 2 page handwritten letter by C. J. Cowles of Charlottesville N.C., who was a cousin of Livinia Andrews of New Britain, Ct.  C.J. who was  disappointed that Livinia wasn’t able to join her for the meeting in Shaker Village, known also as Watervliet. 

The letter gives a interesting description of what she saw and experienced.  Dated August 9 1857.  

The letter was dispatched from Albany as a ‘free’ letter meaning the postage was paid by C.J. Cowles and the carrier would not need to collect a stamp fee from Lavinia Andrews. $300.

           I am spending the day with the Shakers---- attended their meeting which was thronged today and felt that you would have enjoyed the scene exceedingly. We had dozens of  mediums.   The Sisters looked rather grotesque in their plain white hoopless habits------- all were dressed alike ------ all wore white muslin Crepes---the skirt pleated back from the front-------- broad pleat front & then narrow ones not unlike a shirt bosom on a large scale------ with kerchiefs laid smooth across   shoulders---- folded from corner to corner----- bobinet caps------long bodied cap(e?)s with a slightly pleated fill of same----- no ribon  ---- that hid their faces better than our fashionable bonets  do ours girls. ---- shoes with heels further  forward than is customary & much higher and Hkfs. 

A small dessert plate, white, sturdy, 7 1/4" ca. 1945. back marks, Walker China, from Redford Ohio. 11-45.   $200.



To drink tea ceremoniously, in the proper setting, with the correct tools, 2 early 19th century printed books, for the ceremony and for the setting.

61 Pages of printed text and illustrations. Showing water vessels, silk pouches, screens, covered bowls, food trays, teapots, whisks, furniture & lanterns and commentary for the tea ceremony. Sewn binding and many worm trails.

58 pages of commentary and diagrams of garden plans, indoor and outdoor lanterns, brooms, hibachi  trivets, water vessels. Worm trails, minus worms in both.   $325.






Mrs. J. Bartley. INDIAN COOKERY. “GENERAL,” FOR YOUNG HOUSEKEEPERS, CONTAINING NUMEROUS RECIPES BOTH USEFUL AND ORIGINAL. BY AN ANGLO INDIAN. Bombay: The Army & Navy Co-operative Society, Ltd., 1923. 195 + xii. Sixth edition revised and enlarged. Stiff boards with a tape like spine, missing some pieces, slight bows to the edges but very clean and tight inside.

747 numbered recipes + 1 unnumbered- shin stew, tables of measures, and hints, index, fish names, vegetable names, seed & spice names. And a preface of KITCHEN REQUISITES. Mostly Indian, some British and American added. $200.

George Ordish. VINEYARDS IN ENGLAND AND WALES. London: Faber & Faber, 1977. 186 pages. nearly new, with a dust wrapper. Bibliography & references. $25.