New York: A. L. Burt Company, 1932. Hardcover. Octavo size, 499 pp. Near fine / very good. Item #19062002
Harkening from a bygone age, when a married woman's sole duty was to "please her husband", this book was intended to come to the rescue of such who did not know how to cook. "To her whose 'Bob' is prone to wear / A sad and hungry look, / Because the maid he thought so fair / Is - well, she just can't cook! / To her we say: do not despair / Just try Bettina's Book!" (n.b., from the book's dedication page.)
We actually adore these for the time capsules they are, this a particularly nice copy with the original dust jacket which is seemingly somewhat scarce in the marketplace.
___DESCRIPTION: Full blue cloth, black lettering on the front board and spine, endpapers with monochrome blue illustrations, frontispiece a black-and-white illustration, black-and-white illustrations throughout; octavo size (8.25" by 5.5"), pagination: [i-vi] vii-x 11-498 . In a paper dust jacket with colour illustration and red lettering on the front panel, orange lettering inside grey rectangles and oval on the spine, a list of other books from the publisher on the rear panel, and a description of the book on the front and rear flaps; the dust jacket is unclipped with the original price of $1.00 on the front flap.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with a strong, square text block with solid hinges, straight corners, and the interior is clean and bright; boards are clean but a small area of soiling to the rear board, the head and tail of the spine somewhat bumped and very lightly rubbed, corners barely rubbed, light toning to the endpapers, and a prior owner gift inscription on the front free endpaper, dated 1935. The dust jacket is very good, unclipped, with bright colours, clean but for a small stain to the rear panel, overall edge wear, small chips to the corners and head and tail of the spine, light soiling to the verso.
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