One of the extremely popular “365” series of single-subject cookbooks, published in the early years of the twentieth century by Dean & Sons in London and the Philadelphia publisher George W. Jacobs & Company. Uniformly measuring 5”x6-1/4”, all issued without any claimed authorship, these were attractive books filled with decorative artwork printed in a second color (generally orange) on every page. Bound in full cloth with a fanciful printed label paste-down on the front cover, they were produced without dust jackets. The 365 chafing dish recipes in this 1912 title are arranged by month, although seasonality is not always faithfully adhered to. Some are simple (eggs with mushrooms, brook trout); most, reflecting a tone of pre-war prosperity, are rather more showy (minced lobster on toast, creamed shad roe). These attractive little books are collected. A great gift too.
This copy, the American edition, is clean and strong. The cover label has very moderate darkening from handling and there is a quarter-inch patch at the lower left where what was most likely a price sticker was removed. A Very Good copy in nearly all respects. The front paste-down has a bookplate from the Waldo Lincoln Collection of American Cookery-Books, presented to the American Antiquarian Society in September 1929.