Sickroom Food Recipes: What to cook and how to cook it for the sick.

[Ludlow, Vermont: D.F. Coolidge, Drugs, Books, & Stationery, circa 1900].

Booklet in stapled wrappers (13.5 x 8.5 cm.), [16] pages. Illustrated. Advertisements. Title from illustrated wrapper. Edition unknown. A promotional cookbook for drugstores and pharmacies, with recipes focused on invalid or sickroom cooking. The publication place and publisher above are from the first page of text, but it seems likely this is but one of many pharmacies that used the booklet. Copies recorded in OCLC list Cheney's Prescription Drug Store, of So. Manchester, Conn. as publisher. The promotional pages describe the role of the druggist in relation to the doctor and the nature of prescriptions, and contain pages encouraging the purchase of other drugstore items, including stationery, fragrances, hot water bottles and rubber syringes, brushes and sponges. The cover is illustrated with an ornately decorated image of a housemaid bringing a steaming bowl of something to a bedridden woman, who looks none the happier for the arrival of the meal. Ownership signature in pencil, "A little book of Marcia A. Amsden, Cavendish, Vt." to the inner front wrapper panel, and again to the inner rear panel. Otherwise fine, in red and black printed wrapper. [OCLC locates two copies (U Roch. Medical Center and Peabody Essex Museum)].

Price: $150.00