Forty-seven exceptional items dated from 1575 to 1984, including: the 1575 first English translation of The Regimen of Health (1575), Hugh Plat's Delights for Ladies [with:] A Closet for Ladies (1635;1618),
Hannah Woolley's Queen-like Closet (1675;1674), Thomas Chapman's Cyder-Maker's Instructor (Lowenstein no.2), the rare Dublin 1st of Susannah Carter's Frugal House-Wife (1765-68), Frederick Nutt's Complete Confectioner (1807) which is the first confectioner's manual printed in America), a rare photograph of Fannie Farmer with students, signed by all (1889-93),
The American Red Cross Book of Recipes (Shanghai, 1919), and two exceptional copies of Rombauer's Joy of Cooking: a presentation Joy of Cooking with a photo of Irma laid-in & a Joy in the rare dust jacket.
For the best of reasons, my cataloging has grown increasingly long-winded. On the one hand, the books that find their way to my desk increasingly demand a higher level of detail. On the other, close cataloguing and research has become the single greatest pleasure of my antiquarian bookselling activities. Surely finding a great book, or working with good clients to sell one, are also fine satisfactions of the trade, but cookbooks remain a field with wide room for additional scholarly work, and little discoveries can be made regularly. Sometimes the discovery is solely a personal one, in which an author or book suddenly reveals itself to me through a deep dive in the reference books; other times the discovery adds something new to the scholarship, though usually something small. This list contains some of each type. The first book on this list finds itself at the medieval intersection of things medical and culinary, and my time spent with Thomas Paynell's translation of the Regimen Sanitatis Salerni (1575) has helped me gain a better understanding of the foundation for these two practices being found together in cookbooks so often. And a bit of new scholarship appears in other works listed here: unrecorded imprints (#s 11&19), a clarified date of publication (#7), or a Philadelphia connection of a London book (#11). Tiny bits of original research, but great fun for me.