The Richmond Receipts with Hints and Helps for Mother, Daughter and Wife.

Norwich, Conn.; Hartford: Richmond Stove Company; Press of the Plimpton Mfg. Company, 1893.

Duodecimo (14 x 11.3 cm.), 67, [1] pages. Illustrated. Representative's stamp on cover: "Emerson & Son, House Furnishers, Milford, N.H." Two earlier issues appeared, with different pagination, and advertising a different selection of stoves, FIRST EDITION thus. A combination trade catalogue and promotional cookbook. True to its word, Richmond Receipts provides "hints and helps" beyond what is needed for baking and roasting – including a few entries for ice cream – in about one hundred seventy recipes. Advertising is unobtrusive: "Bake in ordinary stove three-quarters of an hour; in a Richmond Range, thirty minutes". There is one appeal to external authority: "To make a pie, by Miss Parloa")but the remainder are unattributed. A nice oddity is the entry "To Pickle Nasturtiums". The booklet was a vehicle for advertising models of Richmond stoves, ranges, and furnaces. It might be helpful to clarify that the Richmond Stove Company incorporated in Norwich, Connecticut in June 1867 has no connection with the better known Richmond Stove Company established, before the Civil War, in the iron-works manufacturing region of Richmond, Virginia. Attractively designed and printed, in lightly soiled, gilt-lettered blue wrappers. Near fine. [OCLC locates three copies; in neither Brown nor Cagle; Romaine, page 363 (two earlier issues)].

Price: $150.00