Dinner Year-Book, Marion Harland, 1878, in Excellent Antique Condition: Famous American cookbook in wonderful condition. Published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, in 1878. First edition, first printing. 713 pages, including six chromo-lithographic color plates. Beautifully embossed linen-covered boards with a delicate and intricate pattern. Cover has some limited shelf wear. Notice that the gold embossing on the spine cover is in almost perfect condition. Hinges are in excellent antique condition. Binding is absolutely solid. Pages are all completely clean and clear. The color plates are in exquisite condition.
This cookbook is part of Harland’s Common Sense in the Household series.
Besides writing important cookbooks, Harland was also a novelist. Her cookbook has amusing conversational asides. She opens this cookbook with this: “Do not laugh when I tell you that one of the most serious perplexities of my every-day lie is the daily recurring question, ‘What shall we have for dinner?’ ” writes a correspondent.
The more things change . . .
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