How to locate promotional cookbooks


Q: I collect old cookbooks and paper-covered recipe booklets published by food companies to advertise their products. Where can I find information on the history and value of such books, and where can I find examples?

A: You could join the Cook Book Collectors Club of America Inc. Its annual membership and monthly newsletter, Cook Book Over the Back Fence, costs $20 from P.O. Box 56, St. James, Mo. 65559.

Also helpful are "A Guide to Collecting Cookbooks and Advertising Cookbooks: A History of People, Companies and Cooking, with Prices," by Bob Allen ($16.95 postpaid from Collector Books, P.O. Box 3009, Paducah, Ky. 42002-3009) and "A Price Guide to Cookbooks and Recipe Leaflets," by Linda J. Dickinson, available from the same address for $11.95 postpaid.

Some cardboard or paper-covered booklets were shaped like pies, packages, cans, cartons, jars, bread or other objects to promote particular products. Various examples now command $10 and up.

Some rare cookbooks are worth thousands; one published in Venice in 1475 by Bartholomaeus Sacchi, also known as Platina, fetched $39,600 at a Sotheby's auction in New York in October 1984.

At the same auction, a rare third edition of Amelia Simmon's "American Cookery" brought $22,000, and a first edition of Isabella Beeton's "The Book of Household Management," a 19th century classic, brought $3,300.

To buy, sell or check out cookbooks, write to cookbook dealer Kay Sullivan in care of Kay's Treasured Kookbook Kollection, P.O. Box 17, Kenilworth, Ill. 60043. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope for a reply, offer or list of wanted cookbooks; telephone (708) 256-4459.

Q: Where can I find Depression glass in the Cape Cod pattern?

A: Specific patterns can be obtained from the 20-30-40 (Depression Glass) Society, P.O. Box 856, La Grange, Ill. 60525, which offers an annual membership and monthly newsletter for $12.

The Cape Cod pattern, which was produced by the Imperial Glass Co., is also favored by collectors who belong to the National Imperial Glass Collectors' Society; its annual membership is $12; write to P.O. Box 534, Bellaire, Ohio 43906.

Anita Gold can be reached by writing Anita Gold, Maryland Living, The Sun, Baltimore 21278. Selected questions will appear in her column. The volume of mail makes individual replies impossible. When writing sources listed in this column, enclose an addressed, stamped envelope for replies.

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