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If you’re looking to buy a rare first-edition book on food or wine, you’ve come to the right place. From autographed copies of James Beard's American Cookery, to first editions of Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, you'll find numerous culinary classics to be cherished for decades for sale here at Raptis Rare Books. We are a trusted antiquarian book dealer and we maintain a wide variety of vintage and collectible books on food, wine and spirits. Browse through our entire collection of classic recipe books below. Call or email to ask a question about the book or order online today!
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A Cocktail Continentale: Concocted in 24 Countries Served in 38 Sips and a Kick Guaranteed. A Travel Tale That Reads Like Lightning.
New York: George Sully, 1926.
First edition. Octavo, original red cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Arthur Knox- who once gave me “Hard Knocks”- but me me love him Bruce Reynolds January Tenth 1927.” A travel tail that reads like lightning. Frontispiece and 11 full page illustrations by Russell Patterson. In near fine condition.
"The Best Way to Learn about Wine is the Drinking": First Edition of Alexis Lichine's Guide to the Wines and Vineyards of France; Inscribed by Him
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979.
First edition of America’s foremost wine connoisseur’s comprehensive guide to the wines of France. Octavo, original half cloth, with 8 pages of photographs and 22 maps. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Ian White who was able to see at Chat. Prieure-L that the 1980’s will be quite promising. Best wishes, Alexis Lichine. Margaux Vendauge 1980.” The recipient, Ian White, received the book during a visit to Lichine’s estate and vineyard in Maurguax, Chateau Prieure-Lichine. Lichine purchased the estate in 1951, the wine produced from its vineyards was classified as one of only ten Fourth Growths in the historic Bourdeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Dust jacket photograph by Neal Slavin.
New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2007.
First edition of this “profound, graceful, and literary work” (The Boston Globe). Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Barbara Kingsolver on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the spine extremities. Jacket design by Paoloa Echavarria.
New York: Duell, Sloan and Pierce, 1941.
First edition of this early Fisher work, which deals in the history, preparation and eating of oysters. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the M.F.K. Fisher on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Uncommon signed.
"I don't like gourmet cooking or 'this' cooking or 'that' cooking. I like good cooking": First Edition of Delights and Prejudices; Signed by James Beard
New York: Atheneum, 1964.
First edition of this collection of writings from James Beard. Octavo, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Signed by the author on the half-title page, “Good eating James Beard.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with light wear to the spine tips. Jacket design by Earl Thollander.
"I've run less risk driving my way across country than eating my way across it": First Edition of Duncan Hines' Food Odyssey; Signed by Duncan Hines
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1955.
First edition of this gastronomical memoir. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Duncan Hines on the dedication page. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Foreword by Roy H. Park. Uncommon signed.
Etudes Sur Le Vin: ses maladies, causes qui le provoquent, procédés nouveaux pour le conserver et pour le viellir.
Paris: L'Imprimerie Imperiale, 1866.
First edition of Pasteur’s landmark study of fermentation in wine and the development of micro-organisms. Octavo, with 32 inserted color plates and 10 black and white figures in the text. In very good condition.
"To eat figs off the tree in the very early morning, when they have been barely touched by the sun, is one of the exquisite pleasures of the Mediterranean": First Edition of Frech Provincial Cooking; Signed By Elizabeth David
London: Michael Joseph, 1960.
First British edition of the author’s landmark work on European cooking. Octavo, original green cloth. Signed by Elizabeth David on the front free endpaper. A very good example in an excellent dust jacket which has had some light expert restoration. Illustrated by Juliet Renny. Books signed by Elizabeth David are rare.
New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1979.
First edition of this collection of McPhee’s classic essays. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Len Byrd all best John.” Additionally signed by John McPhee on the title page.
New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1979.
First edition of this collection of McPhee’s classic essays. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by John McPhee on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Rare First Edition of MOST INFLUENTIAL WORK ON CALIFORNIA WINE-MAKING Haraszthy's Grape Culture, Wines, and WineMaking
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1862.
First edition of this important work on viticulture by Haraszthy, who is often referred to as “the Father of California Wine.” Octavo, original burgundy cloth with titles to the spine in gilt and decoration to the front panel. Fifty one engravings of wine-making apparatus. Frontispiece of Buena Vista Ranch, Sonoma County, California, which was Haraszthy’s home. In near fine condition with moderate wear to the cloth. First editions are uncommon, especially in the original cloth.
"If you go back to the Greeks and Romans, they talk about all three - wine, food, and art - as a way of enhancing life": First Edition of Robert Mondavi's Harvests of Joy; Signed and dated by Him
New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1998.
First edition of Mondavi’s autobiography, the godfather of California winemaking. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed and dated by Robert Mondavi in the year of publication in the year of publication. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Claudine Guerguerian.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988.
First edition of Edna Lewis’ third book. Octavo, original glossy boards. Inscribed and dated in the year of publication by Edna Lewis on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Cathy Aison. Illustrated with reproductions of sketches by Louisa Jones Waller.
"The secret of good cooking is, first, having a love of it": First Edition of American Cookery; Signed by James Beard
Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1972.
First edition of the author’s classic work. Quarto, original cloth. Signed by James Beard on the half title page. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket.
Paris: Flammarion, 1969.
First edition of this posthumously published work by the legendary chef, who is considered to be the father of modern French cuisine. Quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated throughout. Warmly inscribed by Mary Louise Point on the half-title page to Richard Sajbel, a Woodrow Wilson scholar who went to France in the 1960’s and returned to Palo Alto in the early 1970’s to teach cooking. Two postcards featuring the exterior and interior of La Pyramide are laid in. Address label of Richard Sajbel on front free endpaper. Introduction by Felix Benoit. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
Hazan manages to deliver everything you want in a cookbook. The recipes are easy to understand and to follow. They are almost invariably delicious
New York: Harper Collins, 1, 9997.
First edition. Original boards. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author, "To Mary best wishes! Marcella Hazan."
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1986.
First edition. Quarto, original boards. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Jane best wishes and….buen appetito Marcella Hazan.” The recipient is Jane Moulton, who was a food editor for The Cleveland Plain Dealer from 1967-1992. She was a member of the American Wine Society and was the editor of its journal until 2008.
Rare First Editions Of Mastering The Art Of French Cooking Volumes 1 & 2; Both Volumes Signed By Julia Child
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1961-70.
First editions of both volumes of this classic cook book. Quarto, 2 volumes, original illustrated boards. Volume 1 is signed by “Bon Appetit Julia Child” on a bookplate. Volume two is inscribed by and dated in the year of publication by Julia Child on the half title page. Both copies are in near fine condition in near fine dust jackets. A very nice set, rare signed in both volumes.