New York: Alfred A. Knopf/Harper Collins, 1988/1993. First Edition. Hardcover. 193 & 224 pages. From the collection of the late bookseller Barbara Farnsworth (1934-2018). Laurie Colwin, a novelist and short stories writer, was well known for her wit and especially for her food columns in Gourmet Magazine. Colwin died suddenly, at the age of 48 in October 1992. Colwin was a part-time resident of West Cornwall, CT where she struck up a friendship with Barbara Farnsworth. These two first editions are accompanied by two personal correspondence between the two and clipped articles, invitations, and Colwin's obituaries - all annotated with dates by Farnsworth.
List of laid in items: Beatrix Potter post card from Laurie to Barbara 3/11/92, Letter from Laurie to Barbara 9/23/88, NYT Magazine article 11/02, NYT Book Review 10/93, Gourmet Article 8/01, Gourmet "You Asked For It" 9/87, New Yorker Fiction 10/93, Kirkus Review - Home Cooking Supplement Card 1988, With Compliments of the Author Card - Alfred A. Knopf, Index Card with Laurie's NY address, Postcard to Barbara for Laurie's Memorial Service at Symphony Space 2/9/93. Four clipped obituaries.
ln 1992, Andrew Malcolm, describing Farnsworth's Books (and bookstore) in the New York Times, quoted Barbara as saying, "Nobody runs an old bookstore to get rich. It just legalizes my compulsion to own lots of books on lots of subjects and to put my own mark on the store."
Home Cooking is clean and crisp, More Home Cooking is lightly foxed with an annotation in pencil (Katharine Hepburn's Brownies). Blue boards. Very good, in Very good dust wrappers. Item #2296