Secrets of Meat Curing and Sausage-Making.

Chicago, Ill. Published by B. Heller and Co., Chemists, [1929].

Octavo ( x cm.), 440 pages. Index. Advertisements. Illustrated throughout, with engravings in the text depicting the process of raising and slaughtering hogs, then butchering, curing, and packaging meats. ~ Stated Eighth Edition, "entirely rewritten and enlarged"; originally published in 1904. A description of industrial and back yard meat processing, and also a sales mechanism for the wide range of B. Heller products. B. Heller and Co., founded in 1893, was a consulting chemist to the meat industry, supplying a variety of meat preserving needs, along with insecticides, furniture polish, and a rheumatism medicine. Over time their line of products expanded - they published the famous Heller's Guide for Ice Cream Makers (1909 ff.). The second edition of 1908 was clearly issued in reaction to the Food and Drug Act of 1906. The preface refers to the new prohibition on chemical preservatives initiated by the Act and references the category of Antiseptic Preservatives now banned, which included borax, boric acid, benzoate of soda, sulphurous acid, sulphite of soda, salicylic acid, and beta napthol. And so Heller sets out to describe the new processes and legally approved chemicals in that new environment. This eighth edition was the largest yet. ~ The significant section of advertisements at the rear include a number of pages dedicated to Heller's biggest seller, Improved Zanzibar Carbon, a coloring agent for sausage flavorings. The forced exoticism and overt racism of the ads is bracing. ~ Internally clean and sound. In publisher's red, leather textured cloth, gilt-titled on the front panel and spine. Some light soil and rubbing to the corners. Generally very good. With the bookplate of the Carl Sontheimer Foundation and the bookseller's ticket (at rear) of Berkeley's Kay Caughren, Household Words. Scarce. [OCLC locates six copies of this 1929 (one of those resides in the archive of Heller Co. at the University of Chicago); Bitting, page 602 (citing the 1916 edition)].

Price: $60.00