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Anne Skibulits; Clarke Hutton (illustrator). The Story of Tea.
Middlesex: Puffin,
1948. Oblong octavo, original wrappers, illustrated. $50.
First edition, following tea leaves from their origins in Asia through their conquest
of Europe to their role in the colonies: “Do you know about the Boston Tea-Party,
where you could have gone for a swim in tea?”
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Clementine Wheeler (editor). Greenwich Village Gourmet: Favorite Recipes of
100 Village Artists, Writers, Musicians, and Theatre People.
New York: The Bryan
Publications, 1949. Octavo, original wrappers, illustrated. $125.
First edition, illustrated by the artists whose hearty “kitchenette tested” recipes
are featured. Examples of studio cookery include Berenice Abbott’s bouillabaisse,
Beauford Delaney’s gumbo, Pete Seeger’s fried rice, Kenneth Fearing’s paella,
Milton Avery’s spaghetti, and Stuart Davis’s deviled crabs.
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Julia Kiene; Eunice Schraishuhn (illustrator). Sugar an’ Spice and All Things Nice.
Mansfield, Ohio: Westinghouse, 1950. Octavo, original wrappers, illustrated. $40.
First edition of this whimsically illustrated midcentury children’s cookbook:
“Vegetables cooked properly help make you strong and healthy little men and
women. Learn to like them. You can, if you want to, and anyway, it isn’t polite to
grumble about your food.”
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Tillie Olsen; [Annie Dillard]. Tell
Me A Riddle.
(New York): Delta, circa
1974. Octavo, original wrappers. Address label of Tillie Olsen and presentation inscription
on verso of front wrapper, ownership inscription (“Annie Dillard / please return”) on
half-title. Light edgewear, loss to base of spine, housed in a custom slipcase. $650.
Paperback reprint of Tillie Olsen’s great collection, first published in 1961,
inscribed by Olsen to fellow writer Annie Dillard. All of these stories, including the
classic “I Stand Here Ironing,” were featured in
Best American Short Stories
when
they first appeared. Although
Tell Me ARiddle
fell out of print, the book became a
touchstone for a generation of American writers inspired by Olsen’s attention to
the interior lives of working people, especially women: “never a direct protest,
never rebellion. I think of our others in their three-, four-year-oldness -- the
explosions, the tempers, the denunciations, the demands -- and I feel suddenly ill.
I put the iron down.What in me demanded that goodness in her? And what was
the cost, the cost to her of such goodness?”
This copy is warmly inscribed in Olsen’s characteristic microscript: “For Annie
Dillard—/ In kinship—and in love for your work. /Tillie Olsen / June, 1974.” That
same year, Dillard published her first two books: the poetry collection
Tickets for a
PrayerWheel
, and the personal narrative
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
, which won the
Pulitzer Prize. Awonderful association copy, linking two original and influential
American writers.
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