The Agate Cook Book [title from cover].

[New York: Agate Iron Ware Manufacturing Co.; Macgowan & Slipper, Printers, 30 Beekman Street, 1885 ff.].

Booklet, stapled in wrappers (15.5 x 12 cm.), [136] pages. Illustrated throughout. Title from cover. Date from page of medals received. Stated "Fourth Edition". There were at least three distinctly different works with this title, issued by the corporate author: (1890) 72 pages, with the Lalance and Grosjean Manufacturing Co name; (1891) 32 pages, an almanac, not a trade catalogue; and this one (undated) [~136 pages], a trade catalogue. Promotional, combined trade catalogue and cookbook for Agate Iron Ware Manufacturing Company, manufacturers of kitchen ware. Illustrated descriptions of the wares (typically two to a page) face recipes. The recipes are decidedly Anglo-French, not American, and they lean towards more elegant fare. Illustrations include the Agate Iron Ware manufacturing plant on front wrapper verso, an assortment of medals and awards, and an image of a homemaker sitting in her kitchen (surrounded by Agate Ware) while consulting this cookbook. The front panel bears the printed promotional statement, "Compliments of F. A. Walker & Co. Cornhill". In original, chromolithograph wrappers, decorated in a Japonisme-style. Small stain along bottom edge of text block, bit of bumping to the corners. Wrappers worn at corners, and with some wear to the bottom of the spine panel. Overall, near very good.

Price: $90.00