Ripley's Sweet Sixteen: Sixteen Recipes for Homemade Candies. Compiled by Mrs. De Witt C. Owen.

Dixon, Illinois: Printed by Rogers and Owen, 1898.

Cord-sewn duodecimo (14 x 11.5 cm.; wrappers 16 x 12.5 cm.), [16] pages. Pages [13-16] left blank for "Additional recipes". We are aware of two cover designs: this one with a line drawing of a woman, and a second on crepe-style paper with the title only. The priority of the two wrapper designs remains undetermined. FIRST EDITION. Attractively designed pamphlet with an overview of candy-making basics: Rules for Candy Making, Fondant – Foundation of all Cream Candies, French Cream – Foundation of all French Creams, Maple Cream; Vanilla Caramels, Nut Caramels, Coffee Candy, Orange Straws, Fudge [two recipes], Brown Sugar Candy, Chocolate Candy, Butter Scotch, Molasses Candy, Cream Candy, Chip, Peanut Candy, Chocolate Anna, and Penelope. Another from the series of charming self-published cookbooks produced under the name "Mrs. De Witt C. Owen". The author, Ella "Nellie" Upton Leighton, was born in Steuben, Maine, and adopted into the Leighton family. Her husband, Dewitt Clinton Owen was a newspaperman, owner of Dixon Illinois' Tri-Weekly Star, whose thrice a week publication schedule was a considered a significant novelty in its day (as per the lead story in Newspaperdom, vol. viii no. 4 (New York, 1899). The cookbook is part of the Ripley's Series of Ten-cent Booklets, for which Owen self-published at least nine titles, and served as publisher and distributor. The significance of the name Ripley in the series title remains a mystery. Cord-sewn in orange wrappers titled and illustrated in black. The illustration is of an 1890's young woman. Some light soil and edgewear to the wrapper, otherwise near very good. Ownership initials in ink to head of title page. Scarce. [OCLC locates eleven copies; in neither Brown nor Cagle].

Price: $60.00