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Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer 1936 first printing

The Joy of Cooking: A Compilation of Reliable Recipes with an Occasional Culinary Chat. by Irma S. Rombauer with Illustrations Marion Rombauer Becker. Bobbs-Merrill Company: Indianapolis and New York. (1936) First printing. (After a scarce self-published edition)

This first printing was published in an edition of 10,000 copies, pioneered a new recipe format: First, a chronological listing of ingredients and then instruction for preparation [what we now know as "action format"]. Unfortunately, Irma signed a contract with Bobbs-Merrill which assigned the copyright of both the 1931 (self-published edtion) and 1936 editions to Bobbs-Merrill.

This copy has light wear on the cover edges. There is some light stripes of staining on the bottoms of the pages and light soiling on the other sides of page edges (probably will not be noticable in our photographs). There are no stains, cooking or otherwise, no previous owner markings of any kind. Pages are flat withn no folds or creases. I see a few pin-prick sized specks on the title page and inside front cover, also probably will not be noticable in our photographs. BInding is abslolutely tight with no looseness to the pages. Not Ex-Library, Not Facsimile, Not Print on Demand. AH19a