Description of the Educational Exhibit of Cocoa and Chocolate

Dorchester; Boston, Mass. Walter Baker & Co., Inc.; The Barta Press, 1915.

Oblong octavo (13 x 21 cm.), 39, [1], [12] pages. Six color chromolithograph plates and numerous illustrations in the text. Later printing; originally issued in 1897. A well-illustrated promotional item describing the transformation of cocoa seeds from raw material to a "health-giving Breakfast cocoa and chocolate". Some of these little books accompanied a wooden salesman's case containing four glass viles of cocoa and chocolate in four different states: cocoa beans, cocoa nibs, cocoa seed oil, and powdered cocoa. The case also held four product sample packages. The case is not present here. The booklet explains the salesman's case and the production of chocolate, as done by Walter Baker & Co., one of the largest cocoa and chocolate producers in the nation. It describes the different articles, the early use of cocoa and chocolate, provides description and analysis of the cocoa seeds, details the tree and gathering the crop, and finally offers testimonials as to the health and food value of the cocoa. Chromolithograph plates include: "Birds-eye view of Walter Baker & Co.'s Mills" and Walter Baker's famous trademarked logo – here on the side of a tin of breakfast cocoa: "La Belle Chocolatiere", after a painting by the Swiss artist Jean-Etienne Liotard. Some light spotting to endpapers, otherwise fresh and bright. In gilt-lettered burgundy cloth. In the scarce unprinted tan wrapper, chipped at edges, but scarce in any condition. All-in-all, fine in a near very good dust jacket. [OCLC locates nine copies of this printing: Bitting, page 26; not in Cagle].

Price: $150.00