Chinese-Japanese Cook Book. By Sara Bosse and Onoto Watanna.

Chicago: Rand McNally; [Hotel Monthly Press], 1919; ©1914.

Hotel Monthly handbook series. Tall duodecimo (17 x 9 cm.), 120, [2] pages. Index. Publisher's advertisements at rear. Publication date from OCLC record. While not indicated as such, issued by John Willy's Hotel Monthly Press. ~ Second Printing. The first American cookbook to prominently feature Japanese recipes and one of the earliest to feature Chinese. The title and copyright pages retain the Rand McNally imprint and the date of 1914; the printer's indication at the foot of the copyright page now includes a medallion (not present in the original). The two direct indications of Hotel Monthly publication are the signature endpapers of the press, and two pages at the end of publisher's advertisements, promoting the Handbook Series and The Hotel Monthly journal. This second printing was issued lacking the color illustrated paste-down on the front board which appears on the first issue. The authors were half-British half-Chinese sisters. Winnifred made a career out of passing for Japanese, writing a series of popular romance novels under her Japanese sounding – but not Japanese – pseudonym. Some light soiling, and age-toning to text block. Gilt-titled brown cloth, dark stain on rear panel and edges rubbed. Still, near very good. Scarce. [OCLC locates just two copies (and twenty copies of the first edition); Bitting 50].

Price: $200.00

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