[A Treatise on the Art of Preserving Fruits and Vegetables Hermetically].

Philadelphia: Chase & Town, Printer, 142 South Fourth Street, 1870.

Booklet, sewn on cord (19.25 x 11.5 cm.), 12 pages. Illustrated. Advertisements. Author and title information from wrapper cover. Second edition. A practical manual on preserving of fruits and vegetables using hermetically sealed glass jars with a threaded metal top. Two years earlier, the first edition of this booklet omitted the words "in the Gem and Hero jars" from the title, and the anonymous author was “an Experienced Preserver”. The Mason was the first of the re-sealable glass jars, invented and patented just twelve years prior to this pamphlet by New Yorker, John Mason. While we think of the glass as the major component of these jars, the threaded metal top was the innovation. The pamphlet is divided equally into a detailed description of the process of canning with the Gem or Hero jars and the process of canning various fruits and vegetables. Also included is a table with amounts of sugar to be added to various fruits and vegetables. The wrappers contain an image and description of an additional type of jar, The All Right Fruit Jar, which uses a spring clip to hold the jar’s stopper, “any child can use it.” Finally, an advertisement on the interior rear wrapper panel announces Howson’s Patent Office, “special attention given to the prosecution of rejected applications for patents.” Original salmon-colored printed wrappers with some light stains and rubbing. Still, near very good. Scarce. [OCLC locates eight copies (and just one copy of the first edition].

Price: $500.00