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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2020 Issue

A Cookery from Pazzo Books

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A Pazzo Cookery.

Pazzo Books has published their Catalogue Four – Pazzo Cookery. The alternate title is Gefüllt, which has a double meaning here. It is German for “stuffed,” that is stuffed in the sense of eating too much. That makes perfect sense considering all of the cookbooks and recipes in here. However, the catalogue is also stuffed in that it is filled with cooking related books, manuscripts, and various sorts of ephemera. However, Pazzo admits that the small number of German books presents a “flimsy pretext” for using a German term. That is true. Outside of the dominant books in English, there are also a great number of Mexican cookbooks and recipes. If you are looking for authentic Mexican recipes, rather than what you find on the menu at Taco Bell, this is a great place to look. Does anyone know the Spanish equivalent of gefüllt? Here are a few selections from the cookery.

 

We will begin with a collection of over 500 recipes for those who favor Mexican food. Actually, it has more than just Mexican food, but that is not surprising because the compiler of these recipes was a Mexican diplomat, an ambassador to France, Chile, Canada, Guatemala, and Venezuela. He also held numerous offices within his homeland. His name was Luis Ignacio Rodríguez Taboada, and of all the offices he held, he is most noted for his time as ambassador to France, from late 1939 to early 1942. It was the time of the German invasion of France and the establishment of the Nazi occupation and the collaborationist Vichy regime. Rodríguez is remembered for his attempt to save as many Spanish exiles as he could during that time, which unfortunately, was not very many of them. The Spanish Republic recently had been overthrown by Franco's fascists. Many of those who fought for the Republic escaped to France, only to find that country being overrun by hostile Nazi allies of Franco. During this period, Rodriguez attempted to provide asylum in Mexico for these refugees, Mexico being willing to accept them. Unfortunately, the Nazis and collaborationist government opposed providing refuge, wishing to send their leaders back to Spain for trial. Only a few thousand out of 100,000 refugees were able to escape. Rodriguez was able to protect the former Republican President by housing him on Mexican property in France until his death of natural causes in 1940. With that introduction to this fascinating recipe collector, we can say that the recipes are housed in seven volumes, most being typed. While most recipes are for Mexican dishes, there are also South American, European, and other foods to be found. Among them are very un-Mexican dishes representative of his travels, including gulash, curry, French onion soup, mince meat, sukiyaki, roast beef sandwiches, tongue with horseradish, stroganoff, and hamburgers with potato salad. Item 21. Priced at $1,500.

 

Next we have a book that is generally regarded as the second American cookbook, and the first from New York. The title is New American Cookery, or Female Companion. The author is identified only as “An American Lady.” It was published in 1805, preceded only by that of Amelia Simmons in 1796. Indeed, the first 94 pages are a reprint of Simmons' book, without alteration or attribution. Following sections are also cribbed from other authors. No wonder the lady wanted to remain anonymous. This copy has its defects, or as Pazzo says, an “unfortunate copy.” Several pages are missing and it is otherwise in less than stellar condition. Nonetheless, this is a very rare book, rarer than that of Ms. Simmons, with its price reflecting its defects. Item 95. $950.

 

This book contains more original content. The title is The House Servant’s Directory, Or A Monitor For Private Families: Comprising Hints on the Arrangement and Performance of Servants' Work. The author of this 1827 book was Robert Roberts. Roberts was the butler for Governor and Senator Christopher Gore of Massachusetts. This book is considered the first cookbook written by an African-American and the first commercially published book by an African-American. It contains not only meal recipes, but lots of other household hints for butlers, servants and others. Roberts was of the belief that there was more happiness in performing your work for another with integrity than being an employer who treated workers unjustly. In later years, Roberts was known for promoting the cause of abolition. Item 97. $16,500.

 

This one goes way back, over five centuries. It is an incunable, having been published in 1496. The title is Scriptores rei rusticae and it is the work of Roman writers Cato, Varro, Columella and Palladius. They wrote on subjects pertaining to agriculture and rural life, including such topics as crops, vines, bees, olives, cattle-breeding, cakes, preserving ham, customs, superstitions, and “rural wisdom” such as eating cabbage with vinegar before drinking as this will allow you to drink as much as you like without getting drunk. Sounds dubious, but I have never tried it, so maybe. Item 35. $8,500.

 

Where better to look for a cookbook than a railroad company? Well, maybe there is someplace better, but here is one from the Rock Island Line. It's a mighty fine cookbook. Its title is The Great Rock Island Cook Book and it was dedicated to the women of America by the Rock Island & Pacific Railway in 1883. It says “many famous cooks and caterers” contributed to the recipes, but only a few are attributed. Recipes include those for mutton, ice cream, pickles, pies, mock turtle soup and more. Now we know what the Rock Island Line did with all those pigs and horses, cows and sheep. Item 106. $750.

 

Pazzo Books may be reached at 617-323-2919 or tom@pazzobooks.com. Their website is found at pazzobooks.com

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Leon TOLSTOÏ. <i>Anna Karenina.</i> Moscou, 1878. First and full edition of the Russian novel, in the author’s language.<br>Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Mark TWAIN. <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's comrade).</i> New York, 1885. First American edition.<br>Est. 5 000 / 6 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Walt WHITMAN. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn, New York, 1856. Second edition gathering 32 poems. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Karen BLIXEN. <i>Out of Africa.</i> Londres, 1937. First edition in the UK, before Danish translation and American release.<br>Est. 1 500 / 2 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest HEMINGWAY. <i>A Farewell to Arms.</i> New York, 1929. First edition with $2.50 on the dust and A on the copyright page.<br>Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Ulysses.</i> Paris, Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition published by Sylvia Beach. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Dubliners.</i> Londres, 1914. First edition. Nice copy in publisher’s cardboard. Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Franz KAFKA. 8 novels in German first edition, published in München, Leipzig and Berlin 1916-1931. Est. from 300 / 400 to 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> David Herbert LAWRENCE. <i>Lady Chatterley's Lover.</i> Florence, 1928. Privately printed first edition. Est. 4 000 / 5 000 €
    John STEINBECK. <i>The Grapes of Wrath.</i> New York, 1939. First edition. Nice copy with $2.75 on the cover. Est. 1 000 / 1 200 €
  • <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Harriet Tubman Cabinet Card by H.S. Squyer, Auburn, NY, 1892. $10,000 to $15,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Scarce <i>Events of the Tulsa Disaster,</i> First Edition, 1922. $4,000 to $6,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Unpublished CDV of Frederick Douglass by Benjamin F. Smith, 1864. $3,000 to $5,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> California Imprint of <i>President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation</i> Broadside, 1864. $10,000 to $15,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> John C.H. Grabill Cabinet Card of Buffalo Soldier Wearing Buffalo Coat, ca 1886. $8,000 to $10,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Rare <i>What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking,</i> 2nd Cookbook Published by African American. $6,000 to $8,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Frederick Douglass Walking Stick, 1888. $3,000 to $5,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Only Known Slave Narrative Published Independently in California, <i>Life and Adventures of James Williams.</i> $2,000 to $4,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Rare First Edition of History of Black Literature, Abbé Grégoire <i>De La Littérature des Nègres</i>. $2,500 to $3,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> African American Soldier and Medal of Honor Winner Christian A. Fleetwood CDV, PLUS. $8,000 to $10,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries Pennant, 1910 Reno, Nevada. $2,000 to $4,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Joe Gans Photograph at 1906 Goldfield, Nevada Fight by Percy Dana. $600 to $800
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Sense and Sensibility: A Novel, By a Lady,</i> 3 volumes, London, 1811. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Virginia Woolf, <i>Kew Gardens,</i> limited edition, signed by Woolf & Bell, London, 1927. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> <i>[Arabian Nights],</i> Calcutta II version, 4 volumes, Calcutta & London, 1839-1842. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Princess Diana, 6 ALS to <i>Harper’s Bazaar</i> editor, anticipating Christie’s sale of her dresses for charity, 1995-97. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Emma,</i> first edition, London, 1816. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Hirohito & Nagako, Emperor & Empress of Japan, 2 photographs signed, showing Nagako in kimono & obi bearing the imperial seal. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Princess Diana, 6 autograph letters signed to <i>Harper’s Bazaar</i> editor Elizabeth Tilberis, anticipating Christie’s announcement of a sale of her dresses for charity, 1995-97. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Sarojini Naidu, complete galley proof of <i>The Broken Wing</i> signed with several holograph pages & an autograph letter signed to writer Edmund Gosse, 1916. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Fernando Pessoa, <i>Mensagem,</i> first edition, presentation copy, signed & inscribed, Lisbon, 1934. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Graham Greene, <i>The Basement Room,</i> first edition, Greene’s personal copy, signed with annotations throughout, London, 1935. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Abraham Lincoln, partly-printed document signed, call for troops issued during America’s first national draft just days before the NYC draft riots, 1863. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b><br><i>Les Chansons de Bilitis</i> by Pierre Louÿs, illustrated by George Barbier & F.L. Schmied, Paris, 1922. $8,000 to $12,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.

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