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"CANDY MAKING, AS A PASTIME FOR YOUNG FOLKS, IS NOT TO BE SURPASSED": FIRST EDITION OF AUNT BABBETTE'S HOME CONFECTIONERY
Chicago and Cincinnati: Bloch Publishing & Printing Co, 1893.
First edition of this early collection of confectionery recipes published as a companion to the author’s first book, Aunt Babette’s Cook Book, the first American Jewish cookbook to become a best-seller in 1889. Also published by Bloch Publishing Company, the oldest Jewish printing house in the United States, Aunt Babette’s Cook Book was perhaps so successful because of the extensive inclusion of non-Kosher recipes, reflecting the early assimilation tendencies of the 19th-century Reform Jewish movement. Small octavo, original cloth. In good condition.
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.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1967.
First edition of this comprehensive guide to wines and spirits. Quarto, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Alexis Lichine on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Ronald Clyne. Illustrated with 52 specially prepared maps.
"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: Alfred A. Knopf, 1967.
Early printing of the revised edition of this comprehensive guide to wines and spirits. Quarto, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Dan Chapin best wishes Alexis Lichine on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by R. Scuddellari. In collaboration with William Fifield and with the assistance of Jonathan Bartlett, Jane Stockwood, and John Laird.
“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 Elizabeth David's An Omelette and a Glass of Wine; Signed by Her
London: Jill Norman Book, 1984.
First edition of this classic work by Elizabeth David. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed by Elizabeth David on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Drawings by Marie Alix. Photograph of Elizabeth David by Cecil Beaton.
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.
"Be simple. Be honest. Don't overcook and don't undercook, but it's better to undercook than overcook": First Edition of Beard on Pasta; Signed by James Beard
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1983.
First edition of this work which Beard himself calls, “a book of good times to have with pasta.” Octavo, original boards, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by James Beard on the half-title page. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Illustrations by Karl W. Stuecklen.
New York: Simon and Schuster , 1988.
First edition of this by the author of The Classic Techniques of Italian Cooking. Quarto, original half cloth, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Doris, for a lot of pasta! Giuliano.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Julie Metz. Illustrations by Glenn Wolff. Photographs by John Dominis.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993.
First edition of this introduction by Julia Child to sixteen master chefs. Oblong quarto, original illustrated boards, with more than 80 photographs in full color. Signed by the author on the title page, “Bon apetit Julia Child.” Very good in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson.
Cours Gastronomique, ou Les Diners de Manant-Ville, Ouvrage Anecdotique, Philosophique et Literature.
Paris: Imprimerie de Brasseur Aine, 1809.
First edition of this work on French Gastronomy, containing its history throughout the country’s various regions. Octavo, bound in full calf with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers, ribbon bound in. In very good condition. Rare.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1943.
First edition of Rawlings’ heartwarming cookbook. Octavo, original pictorial calico-textured cloth. Signed by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings on the front free endpaper. Bookplate to the front pastedown, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Illustrations by Robert Camp.
"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.
New York: Atheneum, 1964.
First edition of this collection of writings from James Beard. Octavo, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Ruth Hessernick Good eating and cooking 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.
First Edition of Fanny in France: Travel Adventures of a Chef's Daughter, with Recipes; Warmly Inscribed by Alice Waters
New York: The Viking Press, 2016.
First edition of this work for anyone who loves France, food and adventure. Quarto, illustrated boards, illustrated endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Alexis with love, Alice Waters.” Fine in a fine dust jacket, gift inscription on the verso of the front free endpaper. Illustrated by Ann Arnold.
London: Macdonald, 1954.
First edition of this classic work by the social historian Dorothy Hartley, which is both a cookery book and a history of English cuisine. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with Hartley’s own strong, detailed and lively illustrations. Bookplate, near fine in a very good dust jacket. Uncommon in the original jacket.
Paris: Ernest Flammarion, 1925.
Third edition of Henri Babinski’s Practical Gastronomy. Quarto, in the original wrappers bound into full cloth with black morocco spine label lettered in gilt, pictorial endpapers. In near fine condition. Bookplate to the pastedown.