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                           TUFTED WOOL TEA COSY. Satin lining. $125. 










                        first edition stated, 1938. $135.        click the link to  

                                                                      Elizabeth Hawes. 



CLARISSE OR THE OLD COOK. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1926. Preface by A.B. Walkley. Written by an opinionated ‘French Connoisseur’ who is opinionated about his meals and his women. Written in prose style with interspersed recipes, but you must have a good accompanying wine, a source for leveret or venison, cream and eggs, a taste for the simple and good, and a nice table. 

From the 1922 edition translated by Elisse Vallee. 

 without the jacket, bright batiked boards, black cloth spine with a title paste-on. a very pretty copy. $95.

Alice May Brock. ALICE’S RESTAURANT COOKBOOK. New York: Random House, 1969. first printing. Bright dust jacket, though darkened, with chips, record in place, 149 pages. pictorial end pages, front and back. Arlo Guthrie wrote the convoluted song that is associated with the restaurant and the local players. Had to be there, US history. $65.


Mrs. C. F. Leyel. THE MAGIC OF HERBS. A MODERN BOOK OF SECRETS. London: Jonathan Cape, 1926. first printing. 320 pages. 8 pages of source material—bibliography. 16 chapters of simples and compounds. One of the best 20th century receipt books for the home maker. A bright Dust jacket.  VG/VG.  $135.


P. Dagouret. LE BARMAN UNIVERSEL. Paris: Flammarion, 1949. 11th edition. hard cover, with jacket, small sized, 203 pages. recipes for drinks, cups, cobblers, mulls, slings, toddies, lots more + index. ingredients and directions in French though most recipes have English names.  $95.

Mrs. Isabella . THE BOOK OF HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT; COMPRISING INFORMATION FOR THE MISTRESS, HOUSEKEEPER, COOK, KITCHEN MAID, BUTLER, FOOTMAN.......ALSO, SANITARY, MEDICAL, & LEGAL MEMORANDA; WITH A HISTORY OF THE ORIGIN, PROPERTIES, AND USES OF ALL THINGS CONNECTED WITH HOME LIFE AND COMFORT. London: S.O Beeton, 18 Bouverie St., 1861. in two parts. first printing, first issue of a 'book' form of this title. with all the check marks present as proof of first issue. with all the plates most with their tissue guards. some light foxing. in 2 parts volumes, a before the binder copy. rare. $4000. 



Mrs. Isabella Beeton. THE BOOK OF HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT; COMPRISING INFORMATION FOR THE…. ALSO SANITARY, MEDICAL, AND LEGAL MEMORANDA. London: Ward, Lock and Co., 1869. This date as stated in the Note to the New Edition, signed S.O. Beeton. Warwick House, Paternoster Row, 1869. Isabella died February 1865. ENTIRELY NEW EDITION, REVISED AND CORRECTED. This being the Three Hundred and First Thousand (301,000) copies printing. All colour plates present. Contemporary binding, 3/4 leather, newer spine with reinforced text block, stamped title. xl+ [2] 1139 pages. 

A well used copy, with the previous owner’s newspaper clippings glued in and also inserted clippings, and all rear blank pages used in neat hand written script, one dated 19.4.28. pages are toned, expertly repaired when torn or rubbed, a tight binding with marbled colored edges. a very nice early copy of this title. However, there is a telltale cigarette smell, not totally offensive but hopefully fading. $650. 


—another copy. London: Ward, Lock and Co., [ca. 1880, there abouts]  ENTIRELY NEW EDITION, REVISED AND CORRECTED. 1296 pages + advertising. 361,000. frontis. cellotaped repairs to front and back covers. clean copy, lots of intext illustrations, stoves, raised pie moulds, game, fish, fowl, vegetables and many chapter headings with an ornate arrangement of table decorations and prepared dishes. $165.



—MRS. BEETON’S HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT. A COMPLETE COOKERY BOOK WITH SECTIONS ON—THE HOUSEWIFE; HOUSEHOLD WORK…London: Ward, Lock & Co., [1957] 1680 pages + advertising. with dust jacket. a very good copy with color plates. $95.



Kate Douglas Wiggin. DORCAS DISHES. Maine: Privately Printed, 1911. signed boldly by Wiggin, “Yours very SIncerely Kate Douglas Wiggin Better editor than cook”! on FEP. printed to “fill our treasury” for the charitable Society. a prolific writer & an educator. Society recipes, many of Maine seafood, many more old fashioned New England hardiness. In a final note, gathering a few flowers or if the ground is frozen, find something by the wayside to decorate the family table.  96 pages. worn edges and some toned pages, a tight binding. $100.

William Jeanes. GUNTER’S MODERN CONFECTIONERY. A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO THE LATEST AND MOST APPROVED METHODS FOR MAKING THE VARIOUS KINDS OF CONFECTIONERY; SWEETS, WITH THE MANNER OF PREPARING AND LAYING OUT DESSERTS. London: John Camden Hotten, n.d.[1864] c.1861.  desserts, with sugar, preserved fruits, jellies, water ices, on crystallization, on comfits, on moulds plus many more topics in between. illustrations. 224 pages + fourteen plates- all present, several pages of publisher’s advertising. green cloth, a little loose. $265.



Frederick T. Vine. SAVOURY PASTRY. London: Office of the Baker and Confectioner, 1900. 196 pages + advertising for the trade- Butter and Lard Importers; Piper’s Rapid Pie Trimmers and Jiggers; Flour; Batty & Co., Makers of High-Class Pickles and Sauces; subscriptions to The British Baker. recipe quantities are for home use. 10 chapters covering Utensils; Pastries; Pork Pies; Patties, Cases and Fillings; Raised Pies and Their Fillings; Savoury Dish Pies; Vol-au-Vents and Their Fillings; Mincemeat and Pies and Miscelaneous Savoury Pastry. illustrated through out. other titles in Bitting, 479. scarce in any edition. $125.


A Wholesale Curer of Comestibles. THE ART AND MYSTERY OF CURING, PRESERVING, AND POTTING ALL KINDS OF MEATS, GAME AND FISH; ALSO THE ART OF PICKLING….. London: Chapman and Hall, 1864. 184 pages. a very good, sound clean 1st edition. covering meats and fish, dried and smoked, potted, pickled, preserving fruits and vegetables as pickles, ketchups or jams. a scarce title. 2 book seller stamps on front paste down. Welsh Dried Salmon; Fine Dutch Salmon; Superior Kippered Salmon; Kippered Mackerel; Cape Breton, or Digby Herring; Aldborough Smoked Sprats; British Anchovies; Italian Cincerelli; Jersey Black Pudding; Potted Lobsters; Young Pig Collared; Potted Moor Game; Potted Eels; Essence of Anchovies; Tomato Catsup; Bengal Chetna, West India Preserved Green Ginger; Lemon Pickle— $325.  


By. A Lady of New York. [Mrs. Thomas J. Crowen.] EVERY LADY’S BOOK AS INSTRUCTOR IN THE ARTS OF MAKING EVERY VARIETY OF PLAIN AND FANCY CAKES, PASTRY, CONFECTIONERY, etc.. New York: J. K. Wellman, 1845. sixth edition. paper covers. Lowenstein, 1954, #239. stains, spine cover missing in parts, sewn binding holding well. $95.


Vicenta T. de Rubio. MANUAL DE COCINA MICHOACANA. Zamora: Imprenta Moderna, 1896. 796 pages + xxxii of home remedies and after thought recipes, 8vo. 1/4 leather, gilt title and bands on spine. pebbled dark cloth over boards in worn condition, a sound binding,  fep and ep missing, all plates and pages intact. several mementos from a previous owner. last on market auction in 2013 ( Dorothy Sloan, Austin, Texas) in several university libraries, the Schlesinger, UCSD, Los Angeles Public Library & Uni. New Mexico. not in Cagle. 

from the UTSA, (University of Texas at San Antonio) Blog about the special collections: Manual de Cocina Michoacana, (1896) by Vicenta Torres de Rubio.  Published in Zamora, Michoacán, this cookbook is the first regional cookbook written by a woman in Mexico, and possibly the first regional cookbook to be published in Mexico.  It began with local recipes contributed to Vicenta Torres de Rubio by women within the state, but then expanded to include recipes submitted by cooks across the country [1], leading to a collection of hundreds of traditional recipes, including moles, chlemole, pipian, guisos, tortas, and numerous salsas. A glossary of terms and definitions is also included.

[1] Pilcher Jeffrey Pilcher, Que Vivan los Tamales!: Food and the Making  of Mexican Identity(Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1998), 67.

a scarce copy. 

This copy offered $2500.




Patience Gray and Primrose Boyd. PLATS DU JOUR OR FOREIGN FOOD. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1961. c.1957. original paperback issue with the distinctive pink covers and charming illustrations by David Gentleman. well written, mainly Italian and French Mediterranean and some Spanish dishes. a very up-to-date recipe book, with a chapters on pots and pans, vins ordinaries and fungi. a very good copy with toned pages.          $95.


J.A.P. Cousin. VOYAGES GASTRONIMIQUES AU PAYS DE FRANCE. PARIS ET LA REGION PARISIENNE. Paris: E. Flammarion, 1925. 12 mo.370 pages, wraps. uncut pages, tight copy with an interior repair. restaurants and cafes with specialties listed, with maps and towns alond the motor route to Nice.  Suggested itineraries for travel. $95.



A. Escoffier. A GUIDE TO MODERN COOKERY. London: William Heinemann, Ltd., 1930.  891 pages. all in VG/VG. $250.







MFK Fisher. THE ART OF EATING. NY: The World Publishing Company, 1954. Jacket photo by Man Ray. a vg/vg copy. bright and clean. $125.


By. A Lady of New York. [Mrs. Thomas J. Crowen.] EVERY LADY’S BOOK AS INSTRUCTOR IN THE ARTS OF MAKING EVERY VARIETY OF PLAIN AND FANCY CAKES, PASTRY, CONFECTIONERY, etc.. New York: J. K. Wellman, 1845. sixth edition. paper covers. Lowenstein, 1954, #239. stains, spine cover missing in parts, sewn binding holding well. $95.


LE BOEUF A LA MODE. FOLDING FAN. 7 1/2” maker’s name on the back. Chambrelent, Paris. a little bit of foxing. small, thin metal loop. mixing fashion and boeuf. $115. 


Ch. Cocks & Ed. Feret. BORDEAUX ET SES VINS. CLASSES PAR ORDRE DE MERITE. Paris: Libraires Associes, 1898. first published iin 1850, still in print, an authoritative reference with maps and  illustrations. coupon on p. xix is cut out. otherwise a beautiful tight, clean copy. all maps present, no smells or marks. bright cover, small amount of wear to upper spine cover. $425.



Natalie Scott  and Caroline Merrick Jones.  GOURMET GUIDE TO NEW ORLEANS. New Orleans, Peerless Printing Co., 1933. first edition, no errata sheet. stiff card covers, 99 + pages, quite a bright, clean copy, with the usual edge cover bending. introduction by Dorothy Dix. signed by Scott. recipes from celebrated chefs and restaurants. $250.




Lawton Mackall. KNIFE AND FORK IN NEW YORK. NY: Robert M.McBride & Company,   1948. a stated first edition. 249 pages. all restaurants have good reviews, with an interesting guide to organizing the listings, but before cross indexing. a clean copy. $165.



MENU. JACQUES PEPIN. 8.75 X 14” ORIGINAL. Cream colored stiff paper. rapidigraph, pencil guide lines erase, dated December 13, 14, 15,  1983. while a guest chef at La Tulipe, NYC. Prix fixe $75. Signed Jacques 83.   $300. 



VOLUMES XXVII & XXVIII,  JANUARY 1855- DECEMBER, 1855. A  Popular Ladies’ monthly magazine, containing fiction and non, needlework ideas and sewing patterns and each month a color plate of the newest Parisian fashions and a full page etching print on a meditative subject— Saint Joan of Arc, Moses Smiting the Rock, The Thunder Storm, nine more, on stiffer papers. One year was considered as 2 volumes, this being complete for the year 1855, all color plates are present with tissue guards. Tight binding, clean copy. Contemporary binding with the binder’s embossed stamp on the FEP. $125.



Jacques Pepin. THE ART OF COOKING. New York:  Alfred A. Knopf, 1987. 

First edition stated. In vg/vg. a signed copy. a big, colorful book of instructional recipes by the master of technique. $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.




Gabler G40330. green cloth with elaborate gilt decorations front cover (small stain and a 1 1/2” blister) and spine, gilt edging 3 sides. tissue guard in place— all in all a very good copy. profusely illustrated, no foxing. neat pencil underlining on page 40, a recipe by Dom Perignon from 1718 to impart a dainty and delicate flavor to his wine. folding plates & advertising in the last few pages. $900.


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.


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. 


[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.



TEA. From The Mark T. Wendell Tea Company.
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