[APPLIANCE] Small Archive of AGA Cooking Stove Promotional Material
Heath, Ambrose. Including Jigsaw Puzzle by Edward Bawden. London: Aga Heat Limited - Cookery Advisory Department. The AGA cooker was created by Swedish Nobel Prize winner, Physicist and engineer Nils Gustav Dalen (1869-1937). Although the AGA is now considered a luxury item, when first introduced, it became Britain's preferred cooking source for farms and the more isolated areas where gas and electric were in short supply. The classic AGA models where well known for the an interesting attribute - the stove was always on. (Newer models offer more control and con be shut-off). AGAs are unique in that they contain at least two consistently heated ovens: one for high-temperture roasting and one for slow cooking.
Ambrose Heath was the pen name of the journalist Gerald Miller (1891-1969), writing cookery columns for a number of newspapers including the Morning Chronicle and the Manchester Guardian.
Ten Monthly Menus - 20.5 x 13 cm. Heath, Ambrose. The first five: June, July, August, October and December 1935 - illustrated with a headpiece on page  by Edward Bawden reproduced with the permission from Heath's More Good Food from Aga, Faber & Faber.
The second five: have woodcut on page  "specially cut by Reynolds Stone" and are for the months of May-August, 1936, plus a stapled -page "Autumn Dishes" - most of these menus are in a accordion fold of 3 leaves. Menus contain either recipes, historical notes, or a description of the dishes listed. A fun addition to each issue is the "Cookery Bookshelf" listing cookbooks issued since the last issue of the Menu series.
Aga Quarterly. 21.5 x 14 cm. Heath, Ambrose (Editor). Five issues - Christmas 1936-Christmas 1937. Each issue contains short articles relevant to the time period - the first Christmas issue includes "Pleasures of the Table", "Christmas Beverages" and Simone Prunier's "Christmas Eve in Paris.."
Jigsaw Puzzle: How to Cook For Less Than £1 A Quarter and Support British Industry. 30.5 x 25 cm. Bell's Heat Appliances Ltd. Approximately 150 pieces of heavy, thick cardboard - illustrating 8 cartoon vignettes surrounding a halftone of an AGA. Original box present with paper label. London: Bell's Heat Appliances Ltd., ca. 1932-35. The puzzle is assembled and held together by transparent film, no gluing and can be disassembled. Illustrator most likely Edward Bawden.
David, Elizabeth. London: Museum Press, 1955. First Edition. 256 pages. 19 x 13 cm. A beautifully written cookbook - a classic, that should be read, sitting on a lawn chair while plotting your next summer meal. The food writer, Molly O'Neill said it best when she wrote: "Cooking wasn't a science to David; it was an art. Recipes today are created to be followed literally and slavishly, the culinary equivalent to paint-by-numbers. The recipes that David wrote nearly half a century ago are broad strokes on a canvas - she leaves the details to the cook, and for this reason, her recipes are neither dated nor dowdy, they are alive." Interior crisp and clean. Boards water stained, dust wrapper chipped with 8 cm. loss to front cover/spine. In protective mylar cover. Blue/green boards. Good in good dust wrapper. Hardcover.
Hungers Prevention: Or, The Whole Art of Fowling by Water and Land
Markham, Gervase.Containing all the Secrets belonging to that Art, and brought into a true Forme or Method, by which the most Ignorant may know how to take any king of Fowle, either by Land or Water. Also, exceeding neccessary and profitable for all such as travell by Sea, and come into uninhabited places: Especially, all those that have any thing to doe with New Plantations. London: Francis Grove for Martha Harrison, 1655. Second Edition. [xvi] including the woodcut frontispiece 285  pages. 14 x 9 cm. Profusely illustrated with charming woodcuts, this rare and pragmatic seventeenth century English treatise deals with every aspect of fowling and Falconry while including, in the title, a nod to the Americas and the need for a work devoted to self-sufficiency - (the first dedication mentions 'the blessed Plantation of Virginia'). Markham explores the various methods of bird-catching, including descriptions and illustrations of the use of nets, springs, decoys, guns, and hounds; with the training and grooming of hounds and 'water doggs'. Baiting with 'Beafe, Mutton, Veale, or any other kinde of Fleshe', along with Nux Vomica (Homeopathic preparation) is used in taking Land-Fowl. Bird calling is described while some of the fowl mentioned are Pheasants, Ravens, Partridges, Crows, Sparrows, Gray-Plover, Robins, Starlings, and Linnets. Chapter twelve is entirely devoted to Hawking. An unsophisticated contemporary binding that has stood the test of time as this would have been used in the field and most commonly found heavily restored or in modern bindings. Later spine label lettered 'Fowling', contemporary annotation, possible shelf mark, to title-page, slightly rubbed with some worm damage and rubbing to boards. Both pastedowns sprung but still present, with with early ownership inscription of 'J. Cooke Gaiborough' to the verso of the upper board. Contemporary sheep. Very good. Hardcover.
[WWI] [RED CROSS] [NURSING] 1914 - 1919 Deptford Red Cross
Warcup, Kate Parry. Cotton Commemorative Embroidered Tablecloth. Deptford, England, 1920. 810 x 895 mm. A charming, hand crafted, W.W.I. souvenir made by Kate Parry Warcup (1867-1937). With over 200 signatures honoring her fellow VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment 1909-1918) members from the South East London community of Deptford, who, we presume, either volunteered for, or were associated with the Red Cross Between 1914-1919. The tablecloth has the embroidered signature - "A Wartime Souvenir, from Kate D. Warcup, June, 1920". A logical theory of how this memento was made - most likely, signatures were gathered and first made in pencil with Kate later hand stitching each name with precision. Notably, the central signatures are of the Mayor and Mayoress of Deptford at the time, 'W.A. Wayland', and 'Chas Wm Bowerman M.P.P.C.' Charles William Bowerman (1851-1947) was a life-long trade unionist and politician; the Labour MP for Deptford from 1906 to 1931. A remarkable, one of a kind item, in excellent condition. Some light spotting to a few areas, otherwise beautifully preserved. Cotton embroidered table cloth, hand stitched. Near fine. Cloth.
[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
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