N.B.A Tragedy. 1859. Unpaginated, . This extraordinary love missive, artfully illustrated, given to John Lemson Flagg, a lawyer, and former mayor of Troy, NY, on his 24th birthday - one year before his marriage to Ellen H. Brown - is inscribed on the front free end paper: John L. Flagg/From N.B./11 of September 1859. The question is, who was N.B.? We would assume a lovelorn lady, or a confidante of Mr. Flagg - the possibilites are endless. What we do know is - John L. Flagg was born on September 11, 1835 and this manuscript was given to him on September 11th, 1859 - a birthday present. This story, told in seven captioned pen and ink drawings, is the work of an accomplished amatuer, who displays their ingenious talent begining with the title page; the lettering being created out of male and female figures (and one horse). The narrative that follows is a time-honored tale of a woman's love that is unrequited: Mr. Jones writes to say he is coming, our protaganist then practices Mr. Jones favorite songs, makes his favorite pudding, prepares a room, and takes pains to look splendid. We next see our lady waiting patiently at the window followed by the last drawing and caption stating: Mr. Jones writes to say he can't come! - illustrated by a weeping, crestfallen maiden left alone with a letter. Covers lightly chipped at edges, interior pages lightly toned. Brown wraps. Very good. Sewn binding.
[PATENT MEDICINE] [ALMANAC] Morning Noon and Night
P.H. Drake & Co. [PATENT MEDICINE] [ALMANAC] Morning Noon and Night For 1871-71. Third Year... New York: P.H. Drake & Co., 1871. Unpaginated.  pages. 21 x 14 cm. Filled with tall tales, nonsensical facts - something like Fake News of the late 19th century, P.H. Drake & Co. primary product, Plantation Bitters, was sold as a cure all but was fundamentally alcohol. Sold in a distinctive bottle with logcabin sides, Plantation Bitters claimed to restore health, invigorate lady invalids, cure malarious fevers, along with a multitude of false assertions. This product was one of many during this era to pray upon the public's lack of medical knowledge and willingness to believe the big lie of cleverly illustrated advertising. An added component of promotion, this booklet included the horoscope for 1871, an Almanac, recipes, remedies, and advertisements for other fraudulent products. Exceptional series of narrative engravings illustrating the "start to finish" production process at the manufacturing plant. Back cover printed: Sold by FERDINAND SMITH/525 High St., Providence, R. Island/DRUGGIST and CHEMIST. Light soiling to wraps and interior. Color illustrated wraps. Very good. Sewn binding.
[BROADSIDE] [WOMEN] [TEXAS] Reward - Missing - Mrs. Maggie Corbett and four children
Galveston, Texas, 1905. Large photographic image of Maggie Corbett below headline. In 1905 Maggie Corbett took her four children, most notably, her "well built" 14 year old daughter and left her husband and home. It seems archaic that a reward was offered for a woman who left her husband but in 1905, the law was unfavorable towards women, especially married women. Until 1967, and the enactment of the Martial-Property Section of the Family Code, Texas law put a wife's Salary, bonuses, and wages under her husbands control. Texas statutes and court rulings gave to the husband the management of both the wife's separate and their community property.
Broadside reads: Mr. J.L. Corbett is greatly distressed by the sudden disappearance of his wife and fears that her mind may be affected. She disappeared from Texas City, Texas, July 29th, 1905. Any information regarding her present whereabouts will be greatly appreciated by her husband. She is a first-class dressmaker and may be working at that trade. John T. Rowan, Chief of Police, Galveston, Texas.
Moderate toning, with discoloration in few places, horizontal fold lines, top margins trimmed just above headline, two check marks in ink near upper left-hand corner. $575.00
Rombauer, Irma S. A Compilation of Reliable Recipes with a Casual Culinary Chat. St. Louis, Mo.: Rombauer/A.C. Clayton Printing Co., 1931. First Edition. 395 pages. 20 x 14 cm. After the suicide of her husband in 1930, during the first years of the Great Depression, Irma Rombauer, a St. Louis host and housewife, cobbled together a cookbook, illustrated by her daughter Marion. Since that original edition, the book has become one of the best-selling cookbooks of all time. Crisp interior, binding cracked but holding. Original pebbled blue boards. Very good. Hardcover. $2,750.00
MOORHEAD, MINNESOTA. 1883. 4 pages. 9 x 7 cm. Charming embossed miniature menu. Sunday, June 29, 1883. The city of Moorhead, located next to the Red River, served as a transfer point for goods and passengers between the Twin Cities and Winnipeg. Originally a destination for the riverboat crowd, The Northern Pacific Railroad brought travelers to the area who were partial to first-rate dining. Menu highlights: Spring Lamb with Mint Sauce, Baron Pork with Piquant Sauce, Champagne Punch, French Sardines, Sweet Breads larded with French Peas, Cocoanut Cream Pie, Charlotte Russe en Cases. With original string and clasp. Cream card stock. Very good. Stiff wraps.
1947. LargeFrench Menu dated May 25, 1947. 75 x 54 cm (108 cm. open) This menu was made for a First Communion, painted on front and back covers as well as the interior. The menu was signed by family and friends that were present at the event. The front cover depicts a religious figure on a train along with a large religious figure with many bottles of wine. Roughly translates: "Jeannot Leclerc/First Solemn Communion/Menu/In time, the Lord said: "Woe to St. Lo"/and we venerate this holy day our great Patrons/St.Estephe/St. Emilion/Ste. Croix du Mont/Amen....the bottle!" Depicted on the first interior page is an illustration of a scroll and a large man smoking a cigar. Translates: "It is a treat to see my first's communion/If you are really well happy and cheerful/Praise the stove/Thank the master of the house/and in memory of this memorable precious day/Leave me a sly autograph/ So you are able to write." Under this illustration and writing is the signatures of over 10 people with a couple of longer notes. On the facing page, many cheeky illustrations depicting the Menu which is also illustrated on this page. Translates: "First, as a prelude/a light breakfast, enough to maintain an outfit for vespers/ Les hors d'oeuvres - traditional/Hen/ The Rice/Salad of our gardens/Whipped cream as a large Steeple/Mocha/Now that the ceremonies are completed, it is worth giving serious attention/This famous dinner, we will enjoy/Winter Soup/The Salmon Canapé Louis XIII (epic)/The Lamb/Chicken/the Mushrooms of the dead/The other salad/The assorted cheeses-delights the boss/The Pies-super comfort/The Fruits-First Headlines/The bomb/To properly finish this meal/Champagne/Contraband Coffee/liqueurs/And all these good things pleasantly watered by/Bergerac, St. Estephe, Cote d'Or 1942, Chateauneuf du Pape/Bon Appetit!!"/ Depicted on the back cover is a man with a finished meal and a easel. Translated: Poverty is often the ransom? Engineer/The order of the day N. Lemaine railroaders/With wishes of genuine affection/for his family young Communicant Jeannot/25.5.47/First Solemn Communion" with the signature of the artist. A fabulous one of kind item!
La Cuisinier Parisien ou Manuel Complet, bound with Le Livre De Tous Les Ménages ou L'art de
Albert, B. and Nicolas Appert. La Cuisinier Parisien ou Manuel Complet, bound with Le Livre De Tous Les Ménages ou L'art de Conserver. Paris: Louis Tenré/Patris et Cie, 1833, 1810. Fifth Edition/First Edition. 454 pages/116 pages. 21 x 13 cm. La Cuisinier: Engraved frontispiece titled "intérieur d'une cuisine bien ordonnée" and 3 plates depicting ovens and cooking utensils. Albert, former the chef de cuisine for Cardinal Fesch, Napoléon's Uncle. Covering all aspects of cooking of post revolutionary France. L'art de Conserver: Appert's signature on verso of title page, one folding plate. Appert, a confectioner, chef, and distiller, developed the first method of preserving food by enclosing it in airtight, sealed containers. (Pasteur later admitted his process was a refinement and scientific explanation of Appert's methods). Appert was rewarded with a prize of 12,000 francs by the French Directory (Napoléon) who needed to supply the growing armies with stable sustenance. [CAGLE 28, 36]. Some foxing to interior. Covers rubbed at corners, otherwise very good. Contemporary half-calf and decorated boards. Very good. Hardcover. $2,850.00
Trattato della Lodi et della Coltivazione de gl'Ulivi
Vettori, Pietro. Florence: Appresso i Giunti, 1569. First Edition. 89 pages. blank,  (last leaf blank except for printer's ornament on verso), 89, . Woodcut printer's device on title page, large woodcut historiated initials. Important early discourse on the cultivation and preparation of olives with the discussion of the natural history, the olive's role in food and rural economy, the various regional varieties grown in Italy, Greece and Algeria, and the culture of the harvest. Also included are methods of preserving and preparation for consumption of both the flesh and the oil of the fruit. Pietro Vettori (1499-1585) hailed from Florence where he worked as the major editor at Giunti Press both in Florence and Venice. Best known for his prodigious editing and translating of Greek and Latin. Crisp, clean copy. All edges red. Old half vellum and marbled paper covered boards (c. 1800) $3750.00