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Brown, Susan Anna. Mrs. Gilpin's frugalities: Remnants, and 200 ways of using them. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1883. Oblong 8vo (12.8 cm, 5"). xv, , 102, [2 (adv.)] pp. $125.00
First edition. "Here Mrs. Gilpin, blessed dame, [/] Who was her John's most precious treasure, [/] Tells you, dear Lady, 'tis no shame [/] To blend frugality with pleasure" — by which the front pastedown message means to convey that this recipe book, named after the would-be thrifty wife in Cowper's Diverting History of John Gilpin, is wholly and unabashedly dedicated to => creative use of leftovers. This little volume was attractively produced; as Bitting notes, the illustrations (on the covers and pastedowns) are done in "the Kate Greenaway style."
Provenance: Front free endpaper with early inked ownership inscription of Harriet L.V. Bates.
Bitting, p. 64; Brown, Culinary Americana, 2435. Publisher's printed paper–covered boards with brown cloth shelfback; sides darkened and rubbed but still charming; hinges (inside) reinforced some time ago with cloth tape. A good many finger-marks and a handful of instances of minor spotting, one corner dog-eared, and pages otherwise clean and free of signs of kitchen (ab)use. (38631) Please RESHELVE This.
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