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Apicius Redivivus. The Cook's Oracle: containing Practical Receipts for Roasting

Apicius Redivivus. The Cook’s Oracle: containing Practical Receipts for Roasting, Boiling, Frying, Boiling, Vegetables, Fish, Hashes, Made Dishes, &c&c On the most Economical Plan for Private Families; also, the art of composing the most simple and most highly finished broths, gravies, soups, sauces, and flavouring essences.the humblest novice may work with the same certainty as the experienced cook. The result of actual experiments made in the Kitchen of a Physician, for the purpose of composing A Culinary Code for the Rational Epicure.

KITCHINER, William. Second edition, carefully revised. Engraved marketing table as frontispiece and, new to this edition, 8 pages of music at the end entitled "Anacreontic Song". 8vo., original rather darkened and rubbed boards, rebacked in original-style paper preserving the original endpapers and with the original worn spine label laid down, boards marked, frontispiece browned and a few other areas of mild browning, otherwise a very good, uncut copy. Pp. 592 plus 8 pages of music. The first edition had appeared in the previous year and the book went into several editions but after this it appeared as simply 'The Cook's Oracle'. Each edition carried the doctor's famous maxim "Masticate, Denticate, Chump, Grind and Swallow!". Dr. William Kitchiner (1775-1827) was an eccentric who gave lavish banquets in his London home. He published various scientific discourses but his main fame was for his work Apicius Redevivus, or The Cook's Oracle 1817. Kitchiner revealed to the reading public his experimental recipes, which he developed in his own kitchen, promoting their health-giving as well as pleasure-giving properties. He invented a piquant sauce rather futuristically named 'Zest' which was the first of its kind and was to be used to spice things up in the way that we use Worcestershire Sauce today. Contemporary ownership inscription on black side of frontispiece. Ink name "F William Lock 1903" on front pastedown. A couple of old bookseller descriptions pasted in. Oxford p.146 in note, Bitting p.262, Cagle 798, Bridges & Cooper English: Dr. William Kitchiner, Regenecy Eccentric, Southover Press, 1992, Quayle Old Cook Books, p. 149ff.
A Journey to Ashango-Land: and further Penetration into Equatorial Africa

A Journey to Ashango-Land: and further Penetration into Equatorial Africa

DU CHAILLU, Paul B[elloni] First edition. With a 3 page ALS signed by Du Chaillu loosely inserted. The letter on Langham Hotel paper, dated June 27 1890, is to a Mrs Muller, in which Du Chaillu regrets being unable to accept an invitation to visit the Mullers and to meet a Miss McMurdo. 8vo., original red cloth lettered in gilt on spine with gilt block on upper board. With an engraved frontispiece, engraved title-vignette, 21 engraved plates and large folding map at end. Head of spine slightly rubbed, bookplate "Knuthenborg", otherwise a very good, partially inopened copy. Paul Belloni Du Chaillu was a French-American traveler, zoologist, and anthropologist. He became famous in the 1860s as the first modern European outsider to confirm the existence of gorillas, and later the Pygmy people of central Africa. He later researched the prehistory of Scandinavia. He was sent in 1855 by the Academy of Natural Sciences at Philadelphia on an African expedition. Until 1859, he explored the regions of West Africa in the neighbourhood of the equator, gaining considerable knowledge of the delta of the Ogooué River and the estuary of the Gabon. During his travels from 1856 to 1859, he observed numerous gorillas, known to non-locals in prior centuries only from an unreliable and ambiguous report credited to Hanno the Navigator of Carthage in the 5th century BC and known to scientists in the preceding years only by a few skeletons. He brought back dead specimens and presented himself as the first white European person to have seen them. A subsequent expedition, from 1863 to 1865, as chronicled in this book, enabled him to confirm the accounts given by the ancients of a pygmy people inhabiting the African forests. Du Chaillu sold his hunted gorillas to the Natural History Museum in London and his "cannibal skulls" to other European collections; a fine cased group shot by Du Chaillu may be seen in the Ipswich Museum in Suffolk, England. Narratives of both expeditions were published, in 1861 and 1867 respectively, under the titles Explorations and Adventures in Equatorial Africa, with Accounts of the Manners and Customs of the People, and of the Chace of the Gorilla, Crocodile, and other Animals; and A Journey to Ashango-land, and further penetration into Equatorial Africa.[7] While in Ashango Land in 1865, he was elected King of the Apingi tribe. A later narrative, The Country of the Dwarfs was published in 1872.
The Low-Down.

The Low-Down.

GERSHWIN, George]. SHAW, Charles G. ARNO, Peter (Illustrator) First edition, inscribed by the author to one of the subjects of the book, George Gershwin "To George Gershwin with all best wishes from Charles G Shaw. March 15 1928". The Low-Down is a series of character portraits by Charles Green Shaw. Each essay is prefaced with a black and white caricature by Peter Arno. Apart from Gershwin, subjects include Clarence Darrow, H.L. Mencken, Lillian Gish, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Anita Loos, Sinclair Lewis and Cornelius Vandebilt Jr. 8vo., original cloth lettered in blue on spine with illustration of Anita Loos by Arno in blue and black on upper board. A very good copy. This collection of profiles of noted personalities of the 1920s in American is lively and breezily written and spiced with drawn portraits of each of the subjects by noted New Yorker cartoonist Peter Arno. Charles Green Shaw (1 May 1892 – 2 April 1974) was an American painter and writer. A significant figure in American abstract art, Shaw enjoyed a varied career as a writer and illustrator, poet, modernist painter, and collector. Born to a wealthy family and orphaned at a young age, Charles and his twin brother were raised by their uncle, Frank D. Shaw. At age nine, he was already an avid painter and had illustrated his first book, The Costumes of Nations. He also wrote and illustrated the children's book, It Looked Like Spilt Milk, published in 1947. Shaw graduated from Yale in 1914, where he contributed artwork to campus humour magazine The Yale Record.[1] At Yale, he was also a member of the St. Anthony Hall aka Delta Psi Fraternity [1], and completed a year of architectural studies at Columbia University. He worked as a freelance writer for The New Yorker, The Smart Set, and Vanity Fair, where his focus was the 1920s theatre and café society. In 1927, Shaw enrolled in Thomas Hart Benton's class at the Art Students League of New York. He also studied privately with George Luks. Shaw's work is part of most major collections of American Art, including the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Guggenheim, the Smithsonian Institution, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Corcoran Gallery. As a founding member of the American Abstract Artists Shaw participated in the first annual exhibition. His article, A Word to the Objector, was included in the group's first publication.
The British Herbal: An History of Plants and Trees

The British Herbal: An History of Plants and Trees, Natives of Britain, Cultivated for use, or Raised for Beauty.

HILL, John First edition - the botanist George Claridge Druce's copy with his bookplate. With another bookplate with monogram GOM. Neat contemporary ink name at head of title-page. With two pages taken from the Supplement to The Index Kewensis tipped onto prelims listing Hill's contribution to the Index, noting that "In Hill's Herbal the genera taken from Tournefort are well defined, the plants are usually well diagnosed and they are often accompanied by plates" Large folio, original marbled boards (rubbed and worn but not unattractive, rebacked some time ago in quarter calf with red and gilt spine label seemingly from the original binding, spine with some stains Allegorical engraving as frontispiece by H. Roberts after S. Wale, engraved title page vignette, dedication page with arms of Earl of Northumberland and 75 plates of about 1500 botanical and herbal specimens. Pp. iv, 536. Occasional browning and offset from plates, small closed tear to Y2, tear across final leaf repaired with tape without loss of text and chips and tiny tears at very edges of Rrr2, 4C, 5Q2,6C, & 6Q and plate 71 not affecting text or image. In general a good copy with good margins. Sir John Hill (1714-1775) was apparently from Peterborough. He was trained as an apothecary and set up a small shop in St. Martin's Lane. He travelled all over the country in search of rare herbs in order to write a herbal but this took longer than he thought. He was a prolific writer, his first publication being a translation of Theophrastuss History of Stones (1746). He edited the British Magazine (1746-1750), and for two years (1751-1753) he wrote a daily letter, The Inspector, for the London Advertiser and Literary Gazette. He also produced novels, plays and scientific works, and was a large contributor to the supplement of Ephraim Chambers's Cyciopaedia. His personal and scurrilous writings made him many enemies, including Henry Fielding, Christopher Smart and David Garrick all of whom attacked him in print. The Dictionary of National Biography attribute 76 different works the Hill but his most important are his botanical works. In addition Hannah Glasse's famous manual of cookery was generally ascribed to him (see Boswell, ed. Hill, iii. 285) as it was not readily believed that a woman could have written it. Dr Johnson said of him that he was an ingenious man, but had no veracity. The British Herbal, however, is a work of veracity and vitally important for modern botanical nomenclature in that not only did Hill attempt to name and categorize the flowers and herbs which grow in Britain but he classifed them on the forms of the corolla and gynoecium and criticised the Linnaean system. This is the famous Oxford botanist George Druce's copy who later praised Hill for his criticisms of Linnaeus.
La Cuisiniere Bourgeoise suivie de l'Office

La Cuisiniere Bourgeoise suivie de l’Office, a l’usage de tous ceux qui se melent de depenses de Maisons. Contenant la maniere de dissequer, connoitre & servir toutes sortes de viandes.

MENON New (fourth) ediiton, augmented with many new ragouts and recipes for liqueurs. An early edition of one of the most important eighteenth century French cookery books, Menon's classic work being first published in 1746. The Menon family copy signed by Menon in both volumes at the foot of the first page of text. The placement and signatures exactly match those in the Volume 2 of this same edition which is held in the Wellcome Library The set was the copy in the Chateau de Villiers according to small pen inscriptions on each title and tiny stamps on the first blanks. The first blank of the first volume bears the remarkable history of the book, written in ink in 1875. The story it relates is that the first owner of the book was Mrs. Menon, it passed to Margueritte Menon, her daughter, who was married to Claude Dodant, then to Anne Dodant, wife of Henri de Villemenard, then to their son Charles de Villemenard, then to Marie de Villemenard and finally to the author of the note, the owner of Chateau de Villiers, E De Selve, initialled and dated by him. 8vo., attractive contemporary calf, spine elaborately gilt in compartments with tan and gilt spine labels, marbled endpapers, green silk page markers still intact, Pp. viii, 441 [misnumbered 451 by the printer]; iv, 428. A few small wormholes in the binding and marbled endpapers, small tear not affecting text on p.202 of 2nd volume. A very good, handsome set with only slight browning.