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