Ripley's Sweet Sixteen: Sixteen Recipes for Homemade Candies. Compiled by Mrs. De Witt C. Owen.

Dixon, Illinois: Printed at the Office of The Tri-Weekly Star, 1898.

Duodecimo (14 x 11.5 cm.; wrappers 16 x 12.5 cm.), [16] pages. Pages [13-16] for "Additional recipes" (blank). We are aware of two cover designs: this one with just text, and another with a line drawing of a woman. The priority of the two wrapper states remains undetermined. FIRST EDITION. Attractively designed pamphlet with an overview of candy-making basics: Rules for Candy Making, Fondant – Foundation of all Cream Candies, French Cream – Foundation of all French Creams, Maple Cream; Vanilla Caramels, Nut Caramels, Coffee Candy, Orange Straws, Fudge [two recipes], Brown Sugar Candy, Chocolate Candy, Butter Scotch, Molasses Candy, Cream Candy, Chip, Peanut Candy, Chocolate Anna, and Penelope. Another from the series of charming self-published cookbooks produced under the name "Mrs. De Witt C. Owen". The author, Ella "Nellie" Upton Leighton, was born in Steuben, Maine, and adopted into the Leighton family. Her husband, Dewitt Clinton Owen was a newspaperman, owner of Dixon Illinois' Tri-Weekly Star, whose thrice a week publication schedule was a considered a significant novelty in its day (as per the lead story in Newspaperdom, vol. viii no. 4 (New York, 1899). The cookbook is part of the Ripley's Series of Ten-cent Booklets, for which Owen self-published at least seven titles, and served as publisher and distributor. The significance of the name Ripley in the series title remains a mystery. Cord-sewn in faded lavender crêpe wrappers with embossed title; near fine. Previous owner's signature to top of title page, "Julia A. Whitmore, December, 1904." Several annotations and additional recipes in ink, including Penuchi, Fruit Fudge, Peppermints, Wintergreens, Pop-Corn Balls, Ice-Cream Candy, Betty's Fudge, Butter Taffy. Scarce. [OCLC locates eleven copies; in neither Brown nor Cagle].

Price: $60.00