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The Grocer’s Companion and Merchant’s Hand-Book : Containing a comprehensive account of the growth, manufacture and qualities of every article sold by grocers. Also tables of weights and measures, and information of a general nature of value to grocers and country merchants.
Boston: New England Grocer Officer/Benjamin Johnson, 1883. Octavo, 192 pages. FIRST EDITION. “This work comprises, within itself, all the uses of a Cyclopeadia, a Manual and a Hand-book, all the necessary, well-ascertained and authenticated facts being condensed into the smallest space consistent with completeness and perspicuity.” Entries range from Acid Phospates to Yeast and a complete section on weights and measurements as pertains to the 19th century grocer. In brown..... (Item #3623)
Price: $150.00
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Observations on a Bill to Permit the General Sale of Beer, by Retail in England, Most Respectfully Submitted to the Members of the House of Commons.
London: W. Sears, 1830. Pamphlet. Octavo, 16 pages. A response to the impending Beer Act of 1830, from a Country Brewer. The Beer Act would open brewing and cider making up to all householders who paid a modest fee, and the existing brewers, all licensed by local magistrates, were pushing back. The argument made within claims that quality will decline, adulteration will proliferate, and the economic impact will be negative... (Item #1923)
Price: $300.00
Observations on a Bill to Permit the General Sale of Beer, by Retail in England, Most Respectfully Submitted to the Members of the House of Commons. A Country Brewer.
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The Ladies Delight Cook Book. Number Two. A collection of valuable and reliable recipes, which have been thoroughly tested by the most skillful housekeepers of Dorchester and vicinity.
Boston: A.P. Ordway & Co. 1889. Small octavo, 32 pages. First edition of this second cookbook issued by Ordway Co. to promote use of Sulphur Bitters. And promote it does! Each short recipe comes with a final line of text proclaiming another fantastic quality of the tonic, perhaps the only honest one being "What Sulphur Bitters have done for others, they will do for you." The recipes are interspersed with... (Item #1587)
Price: $120.00
The Ladies Delight Cook Book. Number Two. A collection of valuable and reliable recipes, which have been thoroughly tested by the most skillful housekeepers of Dorchester and vicinity. Proprietors of Sulphur Bitters A P. Ordway.
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Ordre en Reglement waar na zig de Bakkers en Roggemeel-Verkoopers binnen de Stad Wageningen zullen moeten reguleren.
Wageningen: Wynand Sandelyn, staddrukker en boekverkooper, 1776. Stab-sewn booklet, 14, [2] pages. Orders and regulations to regulate the bakers and rye-flour vendors of the City of Wageningen, issued December 27, 1775. Two unopened signatures, stab-sewn with thread. decorative ornament to titles page. Fine. (Item #4823)
Price: $250.00
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An Act for allowing, until the first day of August, one thousand eight hundred and eight, the importation of certain fish from Newfoundland and the coast of Labrador, and for granting a bounty thereon. [17th March 1807].
Dublin: George Grierson, Printer to the Kings Most Excellent Majesty, 1807. Single folio (4 pages) dis-bound from original volume (29.5 x 18.5 cm.), paginated [185]-188. Caption title: Anno quadragesimo septimo, Georgii III. regis., Cap. XXIV. Original printing of this Royal English Act covering fishery law and legislation, in particular permitting "importation of Salted and Pickled Salmon, and Salted dried Cod Fish from the Island of Newfoundland and the Coast of... (Item #6278)
Price: $250.00
An Act for allowing, until the first day of August, one thousand eight hundred and eight, the importation of certain fish from Newfoundland and the coast of Labrador, and for granting a bounty thereon. [17th March 1807]. Acts & Ordinances – Salted and Pickled Salmon & Salted & Dried Cod; King George III.
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De Par le Roy en l’assemblée de la police d’Angers tenue au Parquet de l’Audience de la Prevosté du-dit lieu le Lundy. Jullet 1689.
[Angers]: 1689. Broadside, (). First edition. This royal proclamation regulates the prices bakers can charge for different varieties of bread in Angers in proportion to the cost of wheat and rye, perhaps as a result of the economic pressures of the beginning of the Nine Years’ War. Includes regulation of meat prices, and a promise that price regulations will be considered the next Thursday for woodcutters and coopers. These regulations... (Item #5522)
Price: $750.00
De Par le Roy en l’assemblée de la police d’Angers tenue au Parquet de l’Audience de la Prevosté du-dit lieu le Lundy. Jullet 1689. Acts & Ordinances: Bread.
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Anno Regni Georgii III. Regis Magnae Britanniae... An Act to continue two several acts therein mentioned; one for securing the growth of Coffee in his Majesty's Plantations in America, and the other for the better securing and encouraging the Trade of His Majesty's Sugar Colonies in America.
London: Printed by John Baskett, Printer to the King's most Excellent Majesty, 1738. Octavo-sized, title plus one leaf. Removed from larger collection of acts. Near fine. (Item #4782)
Price: $150.00
Anno Regni Georgii III. Regis Magnae Britanniae... An Act to continue two several acts therein mentioned; one for securing the growth of Coffee in his Majesty's Plantations in America, and the other for the better securing and encouraging the Trade of His Majesty's Sugar Colonies in America. Sugar Trade Acts & Ordinances: Coffee.
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Anno Regni Georgii III. Regis Magnae Britanniae... An Act for the free Importation of Indian Corn or Maize, from any of His Majesty's Colonies in America for the Time therein limited.
London: Printed by Mark Baskett, Printer to the King's most Excellent Majesty; and by the assigns of Robert Baskett, 1767. Octavo-sized, title plus one leaf. Removed from larger collection of acts. Near fine. (Item #4781)
Price: $300.00
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Anno Regni Georgii III. Regis Magnae Britanniae... An Act to continue for a further time an Act, intituled... An Act for Importation of Salted Beef, Pork, Bacon, and Butter from Ireland...and for allowing the Importation of Salted Beef... from the British Dominions in America...
London: Printed by Charles Eyre and William Strahan, Printers to the King's most Excellent Majesty, 1775. Octavo-sized, title plus one leaf. Removed from a larger collection of acts. With creases from folds and some age toning, otherwise near fine. (Item #4783)
Price: $150.00
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Ames Plow & Farming Implements and Machines. Manufacturers and Dealers, 1889. [Trade Catalogue].
New York & Boston: Ames Plow, 1889. Octavo, 84 pages. Profusely illustrated. Printed throughout in blue ink. A handsome small trade catalogue for this manufacturer and distributor of carts, barrows, presses, mills, sausage stuffing equipment, presses, etc. Some wear to spine of printed wrapper, wrapper started at front hinge, otherwise very good. Scarce. (Item #2125)
Price: $150.00
Ames Plow & Farming Implements and Machines. Manufacturers and Dealers, 1889. [Trade Catalogue]. Ames Plow, Farming Implements and Machines.
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Public Markets in Massachusetts. Circular No. 84. Commonweath of Massachusetts, State Board of Agriculture
Boston: Wright & Potter, 1918. 9"x6" stapled pamphlet, 23 pages. Illustrated with three halftone plates of outdoor farmers' markets in Holyoke & Lowell. Some very light rubbing and edgewear to the stapled wrappers, otherwise very good. (Item #2803)
Price: $60.00
Public Markets in Massachusetts. Circular No. 84. Commonweath of Massachusetts, State Board of Agriculture. R. Edwards Jr Annin.
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Grocery Clerks Who Have Become Successful. A few interesting sketches compiled for the benefit of Grocery Salesmen. Compiled, published and distributed by Bartlett Arkell President of the Beech-Nut Packing Company, Canajoharie, N.Y.
Canajoharie, New York: Published by Bartlett Arkell; Beech-Nut Packing Company, 1925. Octavo (19 x 13 cm.), 91 pages. Illustrated with photographic portraits; printed throughout in green and black. FIRST EDITION. A promotional publication, telling the stories of several former grocery clerks who found successful careers, including Abraham Lincoln, H. J. Hughes, and E. A. Stuart. (Item #6986)
Price: $90.00
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The Salmon Fisheries of England, 1868, From Authentic Information Obtained from the House of Commons, to Which is Added Valuable and Exclusive Information, Extracted from the Reports of the Commissioners of Fisheries in France, America, Norway, & Russia.
London/Bath: Longmans, Green, & CO./William Lewis, "Directory" Office, 1868. Small octavo, 17.6 x 11.3 cm, 117 pages. FIRST EDITION. Color lithographed frontispiece. A digest of the issues and failing policies facing British salmon fisheries. Threats to fisheries throughout the North Atlantic arose in the 19th century, and despite many laws to regulate salmon in England, all proved ineffectual. Thomas Ashworth expands the issue beyond the British quandary to include extracts... (Item #3321)
Price: $600.00
The Salmon Fisheries of England, 1868, From Authentic Information Obtained from the House of Commons, to Which is Added Valuable and Exclusive Information, Extracted from the Reports of the Commissioners of Fisheries in France, America, Norway, & Russia. Thomas Ashworth.
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C. Wilkinson’s Sons. Commission Merchants, Fruits and Produce.
Philadelphia: C. Wilkinson’s Sons, 1904. Billhead (15.5 x 22 cm.). Printed in red and black, for C. Wilkinson’s Sons , “commission merchants, fruits, and produce” with cranberries as their specialty. Addressed to C.E. Cowen of Marion, billed for “45 Be CB”. Slight creasing, else fine. (Item #3628)
Price: $20.00
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Cummings Bros.
Portland, ME: Cummings Bros. 1929. 27.7 x 21.3 cm. Illustrated printed billhead for Cummings Brothers, “wholesale grocers, beef and provisions”. Bill for Pine Wood Camps in Canton, Maine. Further annotations regarding payment are handwritten. Some discoloration to top edge, creases, and small tear to left edge, otherwise very good. (Item #3631)
Price: $25.00
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Sugar Beet in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928. Octavo, 118 pages. Illustrated with photographs, and with folding charts. First edition. A scholarly study of the beet industry, made in the 1920's, but still reflecting a 19th century agricultural tradition. The chapters on labour, manure, sowing and harvesting, reference hand tools or horse drawn apparatus. With former owner's ink inscription to front pastedown, otherwise fine in green buckram. (Item #2090)
Price: $60.00
Sugar Beet in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. A. Bridges, R. N. Dixey.
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The Story of Page and Shaw.
New York: Page and Shaw, 1921. Stapled booklet (14.5 x 9 cm.), 40 pages. Illustrated. Stated “sixth edition” of an unrecorded promotional booklet for the significant candy shop firm, Page & Shaw, which grew from a single shop on West Street in Boston in 1888 to a multinational candy retailer by the time of this publication. Illustrations depict the storefronts of the Page & Shaw candy shops in Boston, London... (Item #6431)
Price: $90.00
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The Vital Question.
Worcester, MA: Cereal Machine Company, 1899. Duodecimo, 147 pages. Illustrated with three pages of chromolithographed depictions of dishes. Stapled and on cords. Styled seventh edition. A product cookbook from the company that brought us Shredded Wheat. Almost every recipe, from Blueberry Shortcake to Welsh Rarebit, contains Shredded Wheat. A bit of dog-earing, and some fly-specks to the first plate, otherwise near very good in a good, somewhat mottled, red-printed printed... (Item #4283)
Price: $50.00
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“An Act for granting unto His Majesty an Excise upon Wines and Spirits distilled, sold by Retail, and upon Lemmons and Limes” from Acts and Laws, Passed by the Great and General Court or Assembly of His Majesty’s Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, Begun and Held at Boston upon Wednesday the Twenty-fifth Day of May 1737.
[Boston]: Printed by J. Draper, Printer to His Excellency the Governour and Council, 1737. (29.3 x 18.5 cm.), 593-598 loose pages (3 leaves). Bears the coat of arms of King George II, printed in black ink on the first page. An act of colonial legislation ruling that retailers of alcohol must keep full sales accounts and levy taxes; specifically “an excise upon all brandy, rum and other spirits distilled, and... (Item #4113)
Price: $350.00
“An Act for granting unto His Majesty an Excise upon Wines and Spirits distilled, sold by Retail, and upon Lemmons and Limes” from Acts and Laws, Passed by the Great and General Court or Assembly of His Majesty’s Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, Begun and Held at Boston upon Wednesday the Twenty-fifth Day of May 1737. Colonial American Spirits Legislation, Royal Arm.
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A Collection of Twenty-five Early American Tavern Licenses and Related Documents from Southern Vermont and Connecticut.
Southern New England, 1734-1802. The collection includes licenses for named individuals to operate taverns, public inns, or houses of entertainment; town approbations for tavern keepers; and power of attorney documents. Each item is dated and signed; many feature signatures from the town’s Selectmen, Constable, Justice of Peace, Grand Juror, and Civil Authority. The tavern was the center of social and political life in early American communities; the Vermont state constitution..... (Item #3587)
Price: $1,100.00
A Collection of Twenty-five Early American Tavern Licenses and Related Documents from Southern Vermont and Connecticut. Early American Tavern License Collection.
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Great Auction Sale of Dry Goods and Groceries.
Augusta, IL: G.M. Finlay & Bro. 1870. Broadside (29.8 x 22.8 cm.). Advertisement for an auction sale of dry good and groceries. G.M. Finlay (1836-1914) born in Ireland, came to Adams County, IL in 1839, served with the 10th Missouri Volunteers during the Civil War, and operated his business in Augusta until 1904. Very minor bumping along bottom edge, otherwise very good condition. (Item #3251)
Price: $200.00
Great Auction Sale of Dry Goods and Groceries. G. M. Finlay.
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Grand Union Tea Company Stock Circular.
New York: Grand Union Tea Company, 1910. Bi-fold circular (30.5 x 23 cm.). The “largest tea and coffee retailers in the country”. This advertising circular cites over two hundred branches across the country and illustrates a variety of premiums: japanned ware, dinner sets, lamps, aprons and more. Each premium is valued at a set number of tickets, with the final page of the circular indicating a price list for teas... (Item #3624)
Price: $75.00
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The New Candy Department.
Alexandria, VA: C.C. Sartgis & Bro. printers, circa 1900. Printed handbill, 32.3 x 21.5 cm. Illustrated advertisement for the candy department of F.S. Harper, a Virginia wholesale grocery business. An assortment is offered here of over twenty varieties of sweets, plus a facsimile assortment for window display. Some creases, otherwise very good. (Item #3685)
Price: $75.00
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W.T. & Co. "Silent" Milk Shake. Absolutely Noiseless, Very Easy to Operate, Low in Price.
New York /Philadelphia/Boston: Whitall, Tatum & Co. Circa 1880. Broadside (21.6 x 14 cm.). Illustrated handbill for a "Silent" Milk Shake machine. Description, dimensions, and price listed as well as locations of Whitall, Tatum & Co. locations in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. W.T. & Co. sold goods equipment and goods for pharmacies and druggists, issuing lists and catalogues from 1874 through 1899. Fold creases, otherwise fine condition. [Romaine lists... (Item #3287)
Price: $90.00
W.T. & Co. "Silent" Milk Shake. Absolutely Noiseless, Very Easy to Operate, Low in Price. Handbill – Milkshakes, Tatum & Co. Whitall.
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A Faggot of French Sticks or Paris in 1851.
New York: George P. Putnam, 155 Broadway, 1852. Octavo, 495 pages. First US edition, following the two-volume London edition published by John Murray the same year. Impressions of various features of Paris, viewed during a visit by the author in 1851. Head was a former Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada. Sections include the Place de la Bastille, the poor, Jardin des Plantes, Gardens of the Tuileries, Hôtel des Invalides, Versailles, Imprimerie... (Item #4922)
Price: $350.00


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