San Francisco, CA; Louisville, New York, London: California Fig Syrup Co., [circa 1895].
Stapled booklet (15 x 9 cm.), 20 pages. Text and illustrations printed in dark blue ink throughout. FIRST EDITION. A promotional book (not a cookbook) for California Fig Syrup, a patent medicine employed as a laxative. Also called Elixir of Senna, the concoction had no figs in it whatsoever. This booklet seeks to tie the “purity” and “excellence” of the product to similar qualities which, at the time, were seen by the public to reside in the State of California. And so the book is illustrated with images of notable scenery of the state, including San Francisco’s Cliff House, Yosemite, Santa Barbara, and other popular sites. Some light foxing throughout; tiny bit of edge wear. Very good. [OCLC locates four copies].