Port-au-Prince, Haiti: the author; Imp. Henri Deschamps, 1955.
Stapled booklet (21 x 13.5 cm.), 14 pages. Illustrated, and colored by hand. FIRST EDITION. A charming little cookbook by an artist who came to Port-au-Prince for an exhibit and remained long enough to develop a true appreciation of the island and its people. The book contains twenty-three recipes, as well as a few short vignettes about life and food in Haiti. "Robel Paris, one of the very few non-Haitians to exhibit at the legendary Centre d'Art in Port-au-Prince, where she also taught. She had a one-woman show there in February 1952. Biographical information on her is scarce but she seems to have been born Rosabelle Paris in the United States on May 10. 1905. She was employed by the American military in Hawaii, painting camouflage onto vehicles, and was close enough to Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, to hear the explosions and see the flames. By 1951 she was in Haiti teaching painting at the Centre D'Art and in 1955 illustrated a small cookbook called "Haitian recipes". She also spent time in Puerto Rico and spent a few months in 1962 on the island of Kauai. By the late sixties she was living in San Francisco. From 1979 to 1985 she lived in Lexington, Kentucky where she exhibited her work and attended the University of Kentucky... Robel passed away on March 10, 1995 in San Francisco." (from an exhibition catalogue of the Galerie Macondo, Pittsburgh). This is the first hand-colored copy of this work we have seen, here augmented in pinkish red and blue. Illustrated salmon-colored wrappers are lightly soiled, otherwise very good. Previous owner's ink gift inscription, dated 1956, to inner panel of front wrapper. Scarce. [OCLC locates fourteen copies].