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1 Fryer, Jane Eayre THE MARY FRANCES COOK BOOK ADVENTURES AMONG THE KITCHEN PEOPLE
Philadelphia The John C. Winston Company 1912 First Edition Cloth Very good Jane Allen Boyer (color frontis and textual vignette illustrations in line), and Margaret G. Hays (full page line illustrations) 
4to (7” x 9½”). pp. [x]; 175. Blue cloth boards with color illustrated paper onlay with titles; spine with titles stamped in gold script. Printed in red and black and profusely illustrated in the Golden Age tradition by Jane Allen Boyer (color frontis and textual vignette illustrations in line), and Margaret G. Hays (full page line illustrations printed in red and black). One in a series of seven books by Jane Eayre Fryer whose purpose was to teach children the domestic arts, The Mary Frances Cook Book weaves lessons about basic cookery into a story about a little girl helped by animated kitchen utensils (think Beauty and the Beast) to cook for her sick mother. An informative piece of cultural and culinary histiory of the early 20th century, The Mary Frances Cook Book is a snapshot of family life and the cooking of the time that includes 40 recipies that range from boiling eggs to making milk toast, tart pastry and pan-fried beef steak. As it was meant to be used actively by children learning to cook, it can be difficult to find clean copy. In very good condition with light to moderate edgewear, a lightly sunned spine and some light rubbing to the cloth and the paper onlay. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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2 Mora, Jo A LOG OF THE SPANISH MAIN
San Francisco Jo Mora, Jr. 1934 First Edition Cloth Good + Jo Mora 
8vo (6" x 8¾”). Yellow cloth boards with titles and illustration of a pirate stamped in black, red and green on front cover. Illustrated paste-downs. Brass rivet binding. A pre-printed diary provided by W. R. Grace and Company to young passengers of its Grace Line cruisers headed for the Caribbean coast and Gulf of Mexico (the Spanish Main). The book provides a young sailer with diary space and information about life aboard ship and what to expect at their ports of call. This particular copy was owned by one Mikey Robinson from Sewickley, Pa. traveling to South America during the period 31 March, 1939 to 17 April 1939. Mikey was definitely a data man and collected a photo of his ship, the S.S. Santa Paula, detailed weather information, signatures of his captain and his fellow passengers, a detailed list of the wildlife he saw, and brief but evocative descriptions of his ports of call. A tight binding with a lightly age-toned text block with soiling to covers, wear to the spine and one bumped corner. G+. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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3 [Boyer, Jane Allen]; Fryer, Jane Eayre THE MARY FRANCES SEWING BOOK ADVENTURES AMONG THE THIMBLE PEOPLE
Philadelphia The John C. Winston Company 1913 First Edition Cloth Very good Jane Allen Boyer 
4to (7” x 9½”). pp. [x]; 175. Blue cloth boards with color illustrated paper onlay with titles; spine with titles stamped in gold script. Illustrated eps. Printed in red and black and profusely illustrated by Jane Allen Boyer in the Golden Age tradition with full page color illustrations and textual vignette illustrations. Includes 10 tissue-paper fold-out clothing patterns. One in a series of seven books by Jane Eayre Fryer whose purpose was to teach children the domestic arts, The Mary Frances Sewing Book weaves lessons about basic sewing into a story about a little girl taught to sew by animated sewing tools called the Thimble People (think Beauty and the Beast) while she spends her summer vacation with Gandmother. An informative piece of cultural and fashion histiory of the early 20th century, The Mary Frances Cook Book is a snapshot of family life and the fashion of the time that includes tissue paper patterns and instructions for making doll clothes that range from a simple handkerchief to a full wedding dress. As it was meant to be used actively by children learning to sew, it can be difficult to find a copy with all of the tissue patterns intact. In very good condition with moderate to heavy edgewear, sunned spine and some light rubbing and scratching to the cloth and the paper onlay. All 10 of the tissue-paper patterns present (two are detached but present, and one has been used but is present). 
Price: 75.00 USD
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4 [Greene, Julia; Mowitz, Albert C., illustrators]; Fryer, Jane Eayre THE MARY FRANCES HOUSEKEEPER ADVENTURES AMONG THE DOLL PEOPLE
Philadelphia The John C. Winston Company 1916 First Edition Cloth Very good Julia Greene (Cover, Dolls and Silhouettes); Albert C. Mowitz (Frontispiece and Furnature) 
4to (7” x 9½”). pp. [xviii]; 253. Blue cloth boards with color illustrated paper onlay with titles; spine with titles stamped in gold script. Illustrated eps. Color paper dolls, vignette and margin silhouettes by Julia Greene; frontispiece, foldout doll house plans and color paper furnature by Albert C. Mowitz. A scarce copy complete with all 9 paper dolls and clothing, Arts and Crafts style furnishings and doll house plans. One in a series of seven books by Jane Eayre Fryer whose purpose was to teach children all the domestic arts. A significant piece of piece of social and cultural history of the early 20th century, Mary Frances Housekeeper is a snapshot of family life of the time that was designed to teach the art of housekeeping to childern in a fun and entertaining way. The book is also important in how it subtly enforced racist stereotyping in its young readers through its narrative and the physical depiction of the servant doll, Lucinda, whose paper doll body is ‘comical and distorted’ (Everyday Life & Women in America c.1800-1920). Because Mary Frances Housekeeper includes cut out dolls and furnature for children to use in play, it is difficult to find an intact copy. In very good condition with light to moderate edgewear, rubbing to the edges of the paper onlay and a small (1”) area of rubbing and open tear to ffep that does not affect the designs. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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