Soups, Number Seven of the Ripley Series of Cook Books. Containing about three dozen Tested Recipes for making Soups and Chowders.

Dixon, Illinois: Privately Printed at the Star Job Rooms, [circa 1900].

Cord-bound booklet (15 x 12 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. Some light foxing, otherwise very good, in publisher’s black, silver, and blue-printed grey-blue wrappers; very slight fading to edges of wrappers. Very good or better. Scarce. [OCLC records just two copies (Denver & Michigan)].

Price: $120.00