Mrs. Rorer’s Philadelphia Cook Book, by Mrs. S. T. Rorer. Published by Arnold and Company, Philadelphia, 1886. First edition, first printing. Chocolate linen covered boards with title, publisher’s name, and Philadelphia deeply embossed. (The back cover is embossed, too.) 581 pages. This true first edition, first printing has seven pages of advertising at the back. (Later printings have 18 pages of advertisement in the back. Later printings also had the red buckram cover with the Victorian lady holding a bowl of soup, not this chocolate brown one.) Hinges and spine cover have been mended with clear librarian’s tape. Cover is also in excellent vintage condition, probably because it had a paper or oilcloth extra cover for years. A few remnants remain. Some light stains on a few pages, including some pudding pages–of course! Other pages are completely clean and clear. Binding is firm.
This is a remarkably comprehensive cookbook, with all the standard chapters, plus the “advice” chapters that make old cookbooks so much fun, chapters like “What to Save and How to Use It,” “Modern Dinner Giving,” and “To the Cook,” where Mrs. Rorer tells cooks how to make friends with the other servants and how to take criticism from the mistress. Price reflects condition.
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