I use several cookbooks but my favorites are written by a local homebaker
(local to my city!) who began baking when their was a shortage of bread in
the US during a war. (Is that old enough for you?) The author is much older
now, obviously, I took two classes under her last year. I must recommend her
books to you. They make the best of reading, learning, and breads.
America's Bread Book (these do come in softback, now)
William Morrow, New York
Mary's Bread Basket and Soup Kettle
William Morrow and Company, Inc. New York (my copy is from 1974)
She has another but I don't have it and don't remember it's title.
I also use a book by Red Star yeast company:
"The Red Star Centennial Braed Sampler"
they published it themselves:
Universal Foods Corporation
Milwaukee, WI 53201
and a 72 page booklet by Fleishman's yeast that cost under $5.
"Fleishmann's Bake-It Easy Yeast Book"
write for their other booklets and pamphlets at
Fleishmann's Yeast Educational Programs
P.O. Box 2695
Grand Central Station
New York, New York 10017
Hope this helps you compile a good wish list!