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Joy of Cooking, Rombauer, 1946, First Printing. Cook’s Copy.



Joy of Cooking: Good copy of the 1946 edition. Apparent first printing, no other being mentioned.  This is the volume with Irma Rombauer’s beautifully written 1943 Preface, where she says, “My daughter says that when my book is praised I purr like a cat. Perhaps I do, I can’t help it for I am a fortunate woman.” Rombauer’s daughter, Marion Rombauer Becker, is officially listed as the illustrator in this volume. (She wasn’t mentioned earlier.) Published by Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis. Hard bound with the blue and white lattice binding. 884 pp. This cookbook is in cook’s condition.   The cover is very worn. A child has scribbled on the fly leaf. The hinges were exposed, and they have been reinforced with clear librarian’s tape. The binding is holding, and nearly all of the pages are spotless!  Some recipes are beautifully and neatly written on the blank pages front and back. Others are written on scra[s of paper. I’ll include them.

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