Sixteen Studies in White and Gold: being sixteen recipes for cooking eggs.

Dixon, Ill. Tri-Weekly Star, 1900.

Ripley's Sweet Sixteen Series. Booklet, sewn on cord (14 x 10.5 cm.), 12 unnumbered pages. Title from cover; series statement at head of title. Presumed FIRST EDITION. There are two states indicating different printers. The present one, and "Star Job Rooms"; no priority has been established. A lovely privately printed cookbook dedicated to the egg. Despite the title stating "Sixteen Studies" there are seventeen recipes and a page of advice about raw eggs. Another in 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 weekly 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. Printed on pale orange crepe paper. Light dampstain to the upper left corner of wrappers and text block, otherwise fine. [OCLC locates six copies (and one copy listing "Star Job Rooms" as printer/publisher)].

Price: $90.00