The Royal Baker & Pastry Cook.

New York: Royal Baking Powder Company; [lithography by] Schumacher & Ettlinger, 1887.

Stapled booklet (21 x 13 cm.), 43, [1] pages. Illustrated. Later printing. Front wrapper verso with facsimile of a letter from Marion Harland dated 1887. Publication date from copyright statement on front wrapper panel. Includes a wood engraving showing twenty figures of diverse pans used in baking. “The recipes in this book are new, and formulated by one of the most experienced Professors in the art of scientific and practical cookery, especially adapted for the use of "Royal" Baking Powder and "Royal" flavoring Extracts. These preparations are incomparable in strength and purity. Substituting other articles will only end in disappointment" [front wrapper blurb]. Included are three hundred seventy seven recipes, ranging from Bread & Rolls to Pies to Puddings to Fritters & Pancakes to Meat Pies to Icings. "The Royal Baking Powder Company was one of the largest producers of baking powder in the US. It was started by both Joseph Christoffel Hoagland & William Ziegler in 1866." [Wiki]. Light spotting to a few pages; and soiling and some small edge chips to wrappers. Over the course of its publication, this booklet was issued in a wide variety of wrapper designs; this one, a chromolithograph with an image of a young woman holding a large tray of handsome baked goods is one of our favorites. Near very good. Scarce. [OCLC locates four copies; Axford, page 352; Bitting, page 410 (both for the 1882 [and later] editions); not in Cagle].

Price: $120.00