FIRST EDITION OF CROSS CREEK COOKERY, SIGNED BY BOTH RAWLINGS AND ILLUSTRATOR ROBERT CAMP
RAWLINGS, Marjorie Kinnan. Cross Creek Cookery. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1942. Octavo, original pictorial green cloth, illustrated endpapers, original dust jacket. $1200.
First edition, first issue, of novelist Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' beloved cookbook, signed by both Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and illustrator Robert Camp, with scarce dust jacket.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is "inextricably identified with the Florida frontier she recorded in South Moon Under, Golden Apples, The Yearling, When the Whippoorwill, Cross Creek Cookery, and in her masterpiece Cross Creek." Her Cross Creek Cookery continues to be a cornerstone for "lovers of good prose, lovers of regional delineations, and lovers of good food… Rawlings offers us meals for our minds… and no one in her or his right mind will refuse the invitation to partake" (Schoefield, Cooking by the Book, 108, 113). In Cross Creek Cookery, Rawlings interweaves discussions of Florida Backwoods Biscuits and Aunt Luella's Boiled Salad Dressing with colorful vignettes. First issue, with illustrated endpapers. Cagle 632. Tarr A6.1.c.
Book with small stain to inscription page, light soiling to fore-edge, and minor soiling and toning to cloth. Bright dust jacket with only slight soiling and light wear to extremities. An extremely good double-signed copy.