The Most Expensive Cookbooks Ever Sold on AbeBooks
Julia Child, Nigella Lawson, Irma Rombauer, Jamie Oliver...all of these people have made their name and fame and living on their creative culinary skills, and all have published books of their recipes, tips, tricks and techniques. Over the years, copies of well-loved cookbooks can become extremely collectible as they become scarcer and trends change. Here we have a list of the top ten most expensive cookbooks ever sold on AbeBooks. The majority of the ingredients may have been basic, but these recipe books were worth their weight when sold.
Sold for $5,124
One of the world’s greatest and most revered cookbooks, this was a rare 1907 first edition signed by the author and inscribed to Sarah Morgan, who worked at the Cavendish Hotel in London.
Mrs. Hannah Glasse
Sold for $2,875
First American Edition of this cookery classic, first published in England in 1747. Glasse's book was oft reprinted, and was the most popular cookbook in early America. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson owned copies.
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Sold for $2712
One of England's first cookbooks aimed at the joy of reading as well as the techniques of cooking. This was a rare 1845 first edition in its original binding - brown cloth with, gilt imprints of various animals on the spine.
Sold for $2000
Another high-ticket sale from legendary cooking guru Irma Rombauer makes the list. This hardcover edition was signed and inscribed to a "Margaret" by Rombauer, and was in near fine condition.
Sold for $1950
One of the most important culinary texts of the middle ages. This limited reprint of 350 copies in 1892 was signed by top European chef Ferran Adria. Tirel cooked for French kings Philip VI, Charles V and Charles VI from around 1325.
Sold for $1,751
This is an anonymous translation of Menon's La Cuisiniere Bourgeoise (the French Family Cookbook) that was originally published in 1746. This is arguably one of the most influential cookbooks in history and helped define the genre.
Sold for $1,400
The 1742 edition, published in Williamsburgh, VA, was the first cookbook published in the US. The text contains recipes for food and herbal medicines. The marvelous engraved frontispiece depicts an 18th century kitchen with three cooks and their attendants.
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Sold for $1,350
The first cookbook written by a Latin American woman in the United States, and the first Spanish language cookbook published in California, published in 1898. This item was accompanied by a copy of Dan Strehl's book, Encarnación's Kitchen containing English translations of about 300 of the recipes.
Mrs. D.A. Lincoln
Sold for $1,200
A good first edition copy (1884) of the only cookbook to be included in the Grolier Club’s exhibition of 100 American books printed before 1900. The book was in print, in original and revised editions, for forty years, a twenty-third printing being recorded in 1923.
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