Delicious Desserts for Dainty Diners: Fifty-six recipes for making desserts. Compiled by Mrs. De Witt C. Owen.

Dixon, Ill. the author; Star Jobs Press, 1900.

Stapled booklet (16 x cm.), 16 pages. FIRST EDITION. Another in 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 series name "Ripley" remains a mystery. Internally fine. In wrapper, decorated and titled in blue; rubbed and chipped, with half-inch chip missing from upper segment of front wrapper panel. Good. [OCLC locates three copies (and an additional three copies printed in Sedro-Woolley, Washington); not in Bitting or Cagle].

Price: $50.00
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