Columbia Cook Book 1893 First Edition: This is an amazing first edition copy of The Columbia Cook Book by Adelaide Hollingsworth, published by Columbia Publishing Co. in 1893. The subtitle is “Toilet, Household, Medical, and Cooking Recipes, Flowers and Their Culture, Health Suggestions, Carving, Table Etiquette, Dinner Giving, Menus, Care of the Sick, Facts Worth Knowing, Etc., Etc., Embracing All the Points Necessary of Successful Housekeeping. A Complete Home Instructor.”
You gotta love a subtitle like that. My favorite part is “Facts Worth Knowing.”
Published in conjunction with the 1893 World’s Fair, although I am not sure how close the association was.
But seriously, this is an astonishing copy of the Columbia Cook Book. First edition, presumed first printing. Hard cover, with dark gray-blue linen covered boards. The cover does show shelf wear, particularly along all the edges. The hinges are weak, but holding. Two or three pages at the beginning are missing. The binding is holding perfectly. I am happy to tell you that all 795 pages are perfect. They aren’t even tanned. The blank lined pages are all perfectly clear. This cookbook has never been used. It must have been stored for years, but never opened. The cookbook is in excellent antique condition. The pages and binding are as-if-new!
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