The Joy of Cooking. 1936

The Joy of Cooking: A Compilation of Reliable Recipes with a Casual Culinary Chat.

Irma S. Rombauer.

The Bobbs-Merrill Company, copyright 1936, fourth printing.

This is a very bright & clean copy–the best we’ve seen in our 15 years of owning a bookstore.

As far as I can tell, there are no markings to pages and even more remarkable–no stains, spills, or other kitchen mishaps to any of the pages. There is a 1939 ownership inscription to the front endpaper. A scrap of the dust jacket is laid in, as well as a handwritten recipe card (see photo).

—-(My own copy of this book, passed down to me by my dear grandmother, has considerable staining, especially on the blackberry pie page! But I digress….)

Anyway, the clean copy you’re looking at has the original yellow plaid covers, indicating that this is the second edition of 1936. The copyright page states “fourth printing.” The 1936 edition is the second edition, but the first real trade edition. The original 1931 edition was self-published and sold about 3,000 copies before she looked for a publisher for it. After a few years of trying, Bobbs-Merrill published this expanded edition in yellow boards for a much wider market.

Note to collectors: if you find the true first edition, it is worth thousands. The early printings of the second edition are a great place-holder until you can find/afford the true first!

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