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Baker 09-25-2016 09:37 AM

WANT TO BUY-Certain printings of an old cookbook
 
Ok, I know this is a longshot but hey, it's the Dope and some amazing things have happened here.

I am searching for certain, specific printings of an old cookbook.

It was called The Household Searchlight Recipe Book, and was printed and distributed in Topeka, Kansas, by Capper Publications. It started in the early 1930's, and finished up in the mid-1950's.

There were twenty-eight printings in all, and my mother and I are trying to get one of each. Currently we lack six printings.

We need #3, #9, #23, #24, #25, and #27.

You'd be surprised where some of these books ended up. I've found a few on used booksites, including a nearly pristine copy of the first printing, from a store in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The earlier printings are harder to find, as fewer copies were made.

I don't insist on perfect copies, if by some great chance you should have one of these books. As long as it hangs together and isn't missing pages I'll take a look at it. In face, I rather prefer a book like this that looks as if it has been "loved". It can have writing in the endpapers, newspaper clippings of other recipes stuck in, notes by the owner, and so on.

Here's a link to images of various printings.
https://www.google.com/search?q=hous...f-DEoQ_AUIBygC

I don't expect miracles, but then again, this is the Dope, and anything can happen.

pythonzzz 09-27-2016 08:52 AM

Check out bookfinder.com - I've had pretty good luck tracking down various HTF books.

Baker 11-11-2016 01:37 PM

As the OP I'm updating this because I've found one of the copies I needed. I now have the 23rd printing, which I didn't have before. I found it in a local bookstore that specializes in Kansas related materials, although their stock isn't totally restricted to that.

For all those who have opened this and given me a chance to find the books I'm looking for, thank you!

Snowboarder Bo 11-13-2016 08:12 PM

I clicked your google link and then clicked "Shopping" and there are quite a few of these for sale, but all seem to be listed by year of publication rather than by #. Have you checked those listing for the ones y'all are missing?

BTW, why did y'all decide to collect these? Are the recipes just that ddamned good?

They are gorgeous looking books.

Baker 11-13-2016 09:16 PM

I live in Topeka, Kansas, where the books were published. There was a Household Searchlight magazine, back in those days, and the test kitchen was in a house about two miles from where I live now..

The first copy I ever had was the 14th printing and it belonged to my grandmother. It has her handwriting in the endpapers.

You are right about how the books are listed online. When I do searches I try to use keywords like "printing" or "edition".

I am particularly proud of my copy of the first printing. I found it online at a bookstore in Las Cruces, New Mexico. As there was once a reprint of that edition done about twenty years ago(only 2500 copies were originally printed) I was careful in my communications with the store, and they sent me a photo of the book so I could tell it was original. It's in perfect shape, just a little browned with age, like nobody ever used it. No names, no writing, no newspaper recipes taped in, no food spots.

I love the Internet. If it wasn't for the net I'd never have found some of the copies I have. I don't know why finding a copy of the 9th printin has been so hard, by that time a lot more were being printed.

Snowboarder Bo 11-13-2016 10:21 PM

Right on.

Are the recipes good or is purely for local nostalgia type purposes that you collect them?

Also, what year was the 9th printing?

Baker 11-14-2016 03:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Snowboarder Bo (Post 19779885)
Right on.

Are the recipes good or is purely for local nostalgia type purposes that you collect them?

Also, what year was the 9th printing?

The recipes are good, if a bit old style, and were meant to be well suited for home use. No really exotic ingredients or high cuisine style of recipes, but tasty, economical and filling.

There is an element of nostalgia for me, because of that copy from my grandmother. And my mother got several of our copies signed and inscribed by one of the four original editors, Irene Nunemaker. The lady passed away in 1996, a self-made business success and philanthropist. In the first few printings she's listed as Irene Westbrook, Nunemaker was her married name. There are several scholarships and university programs and buildings named for her. https://www.google.com/#q=Irene+Nunemaker

The ninth printing was around 1936, although there was also an eight printing in that year, so again I'm careful when I'm searching for copies..

joyfool 11-14-2016 03:30 AM

It looks like eBay has #3:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/162273131613

And the #27:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/381846017667

Their may be more, but I'm having a hard time line the edition up with the printing. Hope that helps. :)

PastTense 11-14-2016 08:53 AM

With a book like this the majority of sellers aren't going to provide printing information. So you just have to email the sellers of any possibilities and ask what printing the book is. Do this particularly at http://www.abebooks.com

Snowboarder Bo 11-14-2016 11:12 AM

1954 24th edition at eBay for $9.99

Snowboarder Bo 11-14-2016 11:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Baker (Post 19780110)
The recipes are good, if a bit old style, and were meant to be well suited for home use. No really exotic ingredients or high cuisine style of recipes, but tasty, economical and filling.

There is an element of nostalgia for me, because of that copy from my grandmother. And my mother got several of our copies signed and inscribed by one of the four original editors, Irene Nunemaker. The lady passed away in 1996, a self-made business success and philanthropist. In the first few printings she's listed as Irene Westbrook, Nunemaker was her married name. There are several scholarships and university programs and buildings named for her. https://www.google.com/#q=Irene+Nunemaker

The ninth printing was around 1936, although there was also an eight printing in that year, so again I'm careful when I'm searching for copies..

Very cool. This is a little piece of Americana that I was unaware of; thanks so much for involving us in your search!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Snowboarder Bo (Post 19780858)


Snowboarder Bo 11-14-2016 11:14 AM

WTF? Where'd the edit button go? That second post was an edit of the bay listing post and now there's no edit button.

Baker 11-14-2016 05:45 PM

I want to thank those who are helping me! Sooner or later I'll catch them all!:p

Baker 11-29-2016 08:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joyfool (Post 19780134)
It looks like eBay has #3:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/162273131613

And the #27:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/381846017667

Their may be more, but I'm having a hard time line the edition up with the printing. Hope that helps. :)

Because of some email problems I had when you posted this joyfool, I wasn't able to ask questions about those books so I didn't get them.

But I did just find and order a copy of #27. So when it arrives I'll be lacking only four printings, #3, #9, #24 and #25.

Again I want to thank the Dopers who have kept their eyes open and helped me on this quest.

Snowboarder Bo 11-30-2016 11:49 AM

That 24th edition I linked to is still for sale...

Baker 12-05-2016 04:41 PM

I just recieved a copy of the 24th, and am waiting for the 27th. Then I'll lack only three printings, #3, #9, and #25.

Baker 12-09-2016 03:37 PM

Another update!!!

I now lack only the 3rd and the 9th printings, editions. Turn out #25 was waiting to be sold in the very library where my cafe is located.

Baker 11-02-2018 01:22 PM

Another update:

I still lack the 3rd and ninth printing of this cookbook.

I just did something old fashioned and put an ad in the local newspaper, in the "Wanted to Buy" column of the classified ads. So far no calls, but I hope for the best. This might work, as Topeka is the city it was printed and published in.

Any newcomers since 2016 that see this, maybe you'd recognize it as something your grandmother had!

Baker 11-04-2018 04:12 PM

Thanks to Lancia I have a line on the third printing of the book. I've gone ahead and ordered it off of Amazon, and I have my fingers crosed that the info given is accurate. I should get the book by Wednesday, and I'll post here.

It would be really cool. It means I'd be lacking only one of the printings.

I haven't had a single phone call from the newspaper ad I printed.

Baker 11-14-2018 09:06 PM

Well, I got the book but it was misadvertised, it was the fifth printing, not the third, like the ad said. And it was in even worse shape than had been described.

So I'll have to keep on looking for the two printings I don't have. Sigh

Baker 07-06-2019 06:03 PM

I never did finish of this thread with a final update. I did manage to find a copy of the third printing, so I lacked only the ninth.

I mentioned my search in another forum and got some good pointers. One poster, who said they had been a library cataloger, encouraged me to check the dates of the printings, and another poster found, online, two different copies of the eighth printing, in consecutive years.

I did that, as I had duplicate(or so I thought) copies of the eighth printing, and sure enough, they listed 1935 in one, and 1936 in the other. So based on what the cataloger said about misprints being common, it is my guess the the 1936 printing should have been listed as the ninth, but got printed incorrectly, and it was to late to do over.

I think I can now declare the collection of twenty-eight printings complete, and a lot of it was due to help from the SDMB. I love this place

Helena330 07-08-2019 09:30 PM

I didn't see this when you originally posted, Baker, but I love a good book/collectible hunt and it was fun to read! So glad you completed your collection!


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