An 1899 two-in-one that makes a good entertaining browse. The device of picking up two or more smaller books and combining them to make one thick volume was a common one developed by printers as mail-order items for door-to-door salesmen to add to their offerings.
This combined volume consists of The Everyday Cook-Book, presumably by Mrs. E.C. Blakeslee and a Miss Emma Leslie, which, according to the effusive title page, contains “The Entire Compilation of Rules for Cooking and Confectionery,” followed by The Book of Knowledge; or 1,000 Ways of Getting Rich, most likely by one Dr. S.H. Hughes, identified as a “Chemist from Boston.” The last book contains advice on such varied subjects as “The Chinese Method of Mending Holes in Iron,” “How to Make Brown Teeth White” (warning: it involves nitric acid), “To Catch Muskrat,” and “To take the Impression of Any Butterfly in all its Colors.” The introduction notes that such material is “of the highest interest alike to the Matron and Maid, whether looking for the useful and the pleasing in the home, for beauty and attraction in form and feature, to the Man who is searching for dollars, and the Boy who is interested in fish and game, or in business experiments.”
The hardcover volume, bound in green cloth and ornamented with both blind and gold stamping on the front and spine, is strongly bound and of generally very good appearance, with only some light fraying at the base of the spine. It should be noted, though, that this was a piece of mass merchandise manufactured to be inexpensive, and, consequently, the printing quality is uneven, with some sections light, some sections over-inked on heavy but soft paper stock. There are a number of extremely interesting engravings in the books, which unfortunately do not show up as they should because of the printing problems. Over-all, though, a very good copy and of both interest and amusement.