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Lloyd, Ella Bentley. Grandma's cook book. Portsmouth, OH: Keystone Press, 1900. 8vo (20.3 cm, 7.99"). 202, [6 (adv.)] pp. $87.50
First edition: Cookery from an Ohio woman who dedicated the book to "my dear children," offering dishes "such as our mothers made of yore" along with somewhat more contemporary fare. Several preliminary and final leaves bear affixed recipes both clipped from newspapers and handwritten; text pages and internal blank leaves (intended for this use) also feature neatly hand-inked additions including oyster pie, sand tarts, "salad dressing without oil," and "Bran Muffins or health food" — with => most of the handwritten recipes including notes as to their provenance, and attributed dates ranging from 1879 through 1912. This first edition is now uncommon, with a search of WorldCat showing => only one reported U.S. institutional holding (Ohio State University).
Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of Mrs. John Peebles of Portsmouth, OH; front free endpaper with inked inscription of Mary D. Willcox of Lawrenceville, NJ (dated 1906).
Brown, Culinary Americana, 3725 (giving second ed. only); not in Cagle & Stafford. Publisher's oilcloth-covered boards, front cover with title stamped in blue; binding shaken and dust-soiled, cloth cracked along joints. Pages age-toned with occasional small spots of staining; two inked spelling corrections and one recipe quantity correction. => Visually unprepossessing, but content-wise a treasure. (40995) Please RESHELVE This.
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