Original Wallpaper Wrappers with Leather & Cord Stitching

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441. [MEXICAN COOKBOOK]. [“Libro de cosina”]. [43] leaves written in ink on both sides on unwatermarked laid paper. Mexico, ca. 1800? 8vo (15.5 x 11 cm), original green and tan floral wallpaper wrappers, with original leather and cord stitching. Spine perished, wrappers wrinkled, upper wrapper chipped at bottom missing a 2 x 2 cm piece. Caption title on p. [1] obliterated, light scattered staining and water staining, ink light and somewhat faded in places. One recipe is crossed out. Handwriting is generally legible.

     Consisting of about a hundred recipes, this is a traditional Mexican cookbook containing dishes comprised of ingredients readily available in the country, along with a healthy helping of recipes for stews and others showing foreign influence. There are instructions for guisado de leches, guisado italiano, tortas reales, guisado de sopa francesa (two recipes), guisado de popa morisca, guisado de leche, guisado de torta italiana, guisado de pescado verde, huebos moles, huebos de mantequilla, huebos de italia, and leche quemada. Despite the foreign influences, many of the ingredients (eggs, sugar, tomatoes, milk) remain classically Mexican. Found with this cookbook are two other fragments of manuscript cookbooks of the same time period.


Sold. Hammer: $9,000.00; Price Realized: $11,025.00.

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