EASY STEPS IN SEWING FOR BIG AND LITTLE GIRLS. / THE MARY FRANCIS FIRST AID BOOK / EASY STEPS IN COOKING.
Oakland, California: The Smithson Company, (1913, 1916 and 1912). Hardcover first edition - A salesman's sample for three books, bound together with the original covers with pasted on illustrations for each book bound in. The first book - "Easy Steps in Sewing" - includes many folded patterns for doll clothing and laid in is a large folded sewing pattern. All books are illustrated by Jane Allen Boyer with full-color and black and white drawings with touches of color. "Easy Steps in Cooking" also includes full page illustrations by Margaret G. Hayes. Printed on heavy stock throughout and includes many tipped-in slips on pink paper with comments to "sell" the books. Included is a page noting that these books are sold through authorized agents, only, not in stores, with a page for listing the orders. Uncommon to find 3 sample books bound together and especially uncommon in such bright and lovely condition. A very appealing look at children's book publishing more than 100 years ago.
Condition: Very near fine in illustrated boards.