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"I WILL FIRST ENDEAVOR TO GIVE SOME INFORMATION AS TO THE MANNER OF STRICTLY KEEPING A JEWISH HOUSE": Rare First Edition of The First Jewish Cookbook Printed in America
Jewish Cookery Book, on Principles of Economy, Adapted for Jewish Housekeepers, with the Addition of Many Useful Medicinal Recipes, and Other Valuable Information, Relative to Housekeeping and Domestic Management.
Philadelphia: W.S. Turner, 1871.
Rare first edition of the first Jewish cookbook published in America, with extensive instructions on keeping a kosher household in addition to recipes. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition, rebacked. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions are exceptionally scarce of this milestone in American Jewish history.
Price: $22,000.00 Item Number: 74060
"Here's How": First Edition of The Savoy Cocktail Book; inscribed by Harry Craddock and illustrator Gilbert Rumbold
London: Constable & Company, 1930.
First edition of this iconic, definitive text on cocktails. Octavo, original half black cloth, pictorial endpapers. Illustrated by Gilbert Rumbold. Presentation copy, inscribed by Harry Craddock on the verso of the dedication page and first page of the Preface, “‘Here’s how’ Harry Craddock To Captain Anthony Farranse With best wishes of the author Harry Craddock” and inscribed by the illustrator Gilbert Rumbold, “If you happen to read this in the bath – watch your overhead!! Here’s How. Gilbert Rumbold.” Uncommon signed by not only Craddock, but both he and Rumbold.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 121079
First Edition of The Savoy Cocktail Book; Inscribed by Harry Craddock to the Headwaiter of Sovrani's Restaurant
London: Constable, 1930.
First edition of this iconic, definitive text on cocktails. Octavo, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers. Illustrations by Gilbert Rumbold. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Robert Best Wishes and luck with the shaking – Harry C. 1931.” The recipient was a personal friend of Harry’s and Headwaiter employed in the 1920s at Sovrani’s Restaurant. Giovanni Sovrani was employed at The Savoy in London which he left in 1927 to open his own restaurant in Jermyn Street in 1927. Laid in is a note of provenance from the recipient’s son explaining the casual nature of the inscription which differs from many of Craddock’s more formal and flourishing inscriptions. In very good condition. Laid in is a Bar exam, World-Wide Bar Guide: Famous Drinks From Famous Places, and Fleishmann’s Mixer’s Manual; each illustrated in color and in near fine condition.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 96515
"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.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 75073
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976.
First edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Bill Keating with warm wishes from Edna Lewis.” In near fine condition. Rare and desirable, especially signed and inscribed.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 124899
Brooklyn: A Spooner & Co, 1846.
First edition of one of the earliest American books on wine making. Small octavo, original cloth. In very goo condition condition with 12 page corners torn. Rare; the last example at auction was in 1984.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 102334
First Editions of Andre L. Simon's The History of the Wine Trade in England; Both Volumes Inscribed by Him
London: Wyman & Sons, 1906-07.
First editions of Simon’s landmark work. Octavo, original cloth, three volumes. Volumes I and III are signed Andre Simon, Volume II is inscribed by him, “With the author’s Compliments Andre L. Simon 12 Nov 08 To Austin Bellow.” In very good condition with rubbing and wear to volume II.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 90384
"the first alphabetically arranged culinary encyclopaedia to appear in the United States"; Rare First Edition, first issue of The Cook's Own Book
The Cook’s Own Book: Being a Complete Culinary Encyclopedia: Consisting of All Valuable Recipes For Cooking Meat, Fish, and Fowl.
Boston: Munroe and Francis; New York, Charles S. Francis, and David Felt; Philadelphia, Carey and Lea, and Grigg and Elliot, 1832.
First edition, first issue, of “the first alphabetically arranged culinary encyclopaedia to appear in the United States” (Oxford Companion to Food, 17), and one of the most popular American cookbooks of the 19th century; with the woodcut diagram showing cuts of beef on page xxxii, no mention of Lyman Thurston & Co. on the copyright page, and 1832 as the date of both printing and copyright (Lowenstein, 160; Cagle & Stafford, 447). Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red morocco spine label. In very good condition with period recipes affixed to the front free endpaper with a pin. Scarce and desirable.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 99347
Rare First Edition of H. Graham Aldous' The Beer Duty; Containing analyses and discussions on the taxation of beer
London: Privately Printed, c. 1901.
Rare first edition of this collection of discussions and charts analyzing the effects of taxation on the beer trade in early 20th century England, in the midst of the Temperance Movement. Octavo, original leatherette covered boards with gilt titles to the spine, all edges marbled, illustrated with charts, tables and graphs including a diagram showing the upward or downward movement of Trade, Drink and Crime. Appendix. In very good condition. Rare.
Price: $2,200.00 Item Number: 100125
Indianapolis/ New York: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1941.
Early printing of Irma S. Rombauer’s culinary classic. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Joe with all good wishes most cordially Irma S. Rombauer.” In very good condition.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 115098
First Editions of Andre L. Simon's The History of the Wine Trade in England; Both Volumes Inscribed by Him
London: Wyman & Sons, 1906-07.
First editions of Simon’s landmark work. Octavo, original cloth, two volumes. Both volumes are inscribed by Andre Simon, with volume one inscribed twice by him. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 96872
"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 bible of American cooking” (Time). Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by James Beard on the half-title page. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Illustrations by Earl Thollander. Jacket design by Elna Rapp. Jacket illustration by Mary Purcell.
Price: $1,650.00 Item Number: 2283
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.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 95798
Scarce first edition of Antoine Simon Duportal's Recherches Sur L'état Actuel de la Distillation du Vin en France, et Sur Les Moyens d'Améliorer la Distillation des Eaux-De-Vie
Recherches Sur L’état Actuel de la Distillation du Vin en France, et Sur Les Moyens d’Améliorer la Distillation des Eaux-de-vie. (Research on the Current State of Wine Distillation in France, and on Ways to Improve the Distillation of Eaux-de-vie).
Paris, Saint Petersbourg: Klostermann, 1811.
Scarce first edition of early work on the distillation of wine and eau-de-vie. Octavo, bound in full period tree calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red morocco spine label, five folding maps of distillation apparatus, rebacked retaining the original spine. Stamps and previous owner inscriptions. In very good condition. Scarce and desirable. Works on the distillation of eau de vie are rare.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 95242
"The absolute foundation of professional cooking, and the most useful thing I can teach you, is the concept of mise en place. As a cook, you "meez" is your first principle, your belief system, you religion, your Tao": First Edition of Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook; signed by him
Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook: Strategies, Recipes, and Techniques of Classic Bistro Cooking.
New York and London: Bloomsbury, 2004.
First edition of Bourdain’s classic French bistro cookbook. Octavo, original pictorial boards, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with photographs by Robert Discalfani. Signed by the Bordain on the title page with an original drawing of a chopping cleaver, “To Blair Merry Christmas! Cooks Rule! Anthony Bourdain.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Helicopter. Jacket photograph by Robert Discalfani.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 120979
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.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 51032
New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1942.
Early printing of this classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To ___ ____ (crossed out) with my best wishes M.F.K. Fisher.” Very good in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 124563
"FLAVOR, IN ITALIAN DISHES, BUILDS UP FROM THE BOTTOM": SIGNED FIRST EDITION OF MARCELLA HAZANS FIRST BOOK
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1973.
First edition of the Hazan’s classic first book. Quarto, original boards. Signed by the author on the half-title page, “Cordially Marcella Hazan.” Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Leo Manso. Drawings by George Koizumi.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 79453
Paris: Berger-Levrault et Cie, 1877.
Scarce second edition of Charles Gerard’s authoritative work on the culinary traditions of the former region of Alsace. Octavo, original wrappers as issued, advertisements to the rear panel. In very good condition. Housed in a custom velvet-lined half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 96166
First Edition of Volume I of Andre L. Simon's The History of the Wine Trade in England; Inscribed by Him
London: Wyman & Sons, 1906-07.
First edition of Simon’s landmark work. Octavo, original cloth. Volumes I. Presentation copy, inscribed by Andre L. Simon opposite the title page, “With the author’s Compliments Andre L. Simon 15/9/07 to S.C. Coggin Sept.” In near fine condition.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 112957
c. 1920, .
Rare folio containing nearly 400 Cuban cigar labels, produced during the “Golden Age” of cigar label art. Ten panels bound into a collector’s folio. Label brands include Romeo y Juleita, Cuaba, Jose Gener, and La Corona. Full-color portraits featured on a selection of labels include King George V., King Edward VII, and Simon Bolivar. Each label is in near fine to fine condition. A unique example.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 89057
"The secret of good summer food is the freshness of ingredients": Elizabeth David's Summer Cooking; Signed by Her
London: Dorling Kindersley, 1985.
First edition of the re-issue of this classic work. Quarto, original illustrated boards, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed by Elizabeth David on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Line drawings by Adrian Daintrey. Photograph of Elizabeth David by Cecil Beaton.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 105488
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.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 96186
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.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 71977
First edition of Leadership and Motivation: Essays of Douglas McGregor; inscribed by fellow M.I.T. Management Professor Edgar H. Schein who edited the work
MCGREGOR, Douglas. Edited by Warren G. Bennis and Edgar H. Schein with the collaboration of Caroline McGregor.
Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 1966.
First edition of this collection of essays on the “dilemmas of a managerial society” by former M.I.T. management professor Douglas McGregor. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by one of the editors, Edgar H. Schein on the half-title page, “We must become better at asking and do less telling in a culture that overvalues telling. Ed Schein author of Humble Inquiry.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Edited by Warren G. Bennis and Edgar H. Schein with the collaboration of Caroline McGregor
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 88145
New York: Atheneum, 1964.
First edition of this collection of writings from James Beard. Octavo, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrations by Earl Thollander. Boldly signed by the author on the title page “Good Cooking James Beard.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear to the extremities. Jacket design by Earl Thollander.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 117279
"The Founding treatise on pomology": Rare Societe des Bibliophiles Normands Limited Edition reissue of Le Paulmier's Traite Du Vin Et Du Sidre
Rouen: H. Lestringant, 1896.
Rare Societe des Bibliophiles Normands Limited Edition reissue of Le Paulmier’s foundational work on pomology. Octavo, original wrappers, one of only 200 copies printed, this is number 65. Translated into the French by Jacques Cahaignes. Introduction by Emile Travers. In very good condition.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 110190
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.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 100731
Albi: Imprimerie Nouguies, 1878.
Rare signed limited edition of Besset’s work on the culinary arts of the South of France. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the limitation page. In very good condition. Scarce.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 117004
New York: Times Books, 1977.
Early printing of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Patricia Dunbar.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 100023
"A half million acres are devoted to grapes in California": The Wines of California; Wonderfully Illustrated
San Francisco : Bank of America, 1936.
First edition of this early overview of California wines. Octavo, illustrated wrappers with cut-out in front wrapper revealing a photograph of a bunch of grapes, with purple cellophane overlay. Cleverly-designed booklet with an essay on The Romance of California Wine followed by descriptions of various wines and their best matches with food. Rare.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 82168
Rare collection of six souvenir New Orleans cookbooks and culinary brochures. The cookbooks and brochures include “Gourmet’s Guide to New Orleans” (1941), “New Orleans Carnival Cook Book” (Women’s Republican Club of Louisiana, 1941), “Brer Rabbit’s New Orleans Molasses Recipes For Delicious Desserts, Candies, Beverages, and other Tasty Foods”, “New Orleans Recipes” by Mary Moore Bremer (1932), “The Secret of Creole Cooking”, and “good old Creole Recipes”. In fine condition.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 117533
Boston: David R. Godine, Publisher, 1986.
First edition of this wonderfully illustrated work on the legendary Yquem Winery. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Mark Brocco- Best wishes- Richard Olney.” Photographs by Michel Guillard. Preface by Michael Broadbent. Designed by Marc Walter.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 92422
"The only thing that will make a soufflé fall is if it knows you're afraid of it": First Edition of The New James Beard, with a 1,000 recipes; Inscribed by James Beard
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1981.
First edition of this work by the legendary chef. Octavo, original boards, frontispiece and vignettes in the text printed in red and black throughout by Karl Stueklen. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “Good Appetite for Rosemary James Beard.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 119459
Vines & Vine-Culture: A Treatise on the Cultivation of the Grape Vine: with Descriptions of the Principal Varieties.
London: Journal of Horticulture, 1883.
Rare example of Barron’s authoritative work on viticulture. Octavo, original publisher’s cloth richly decorated in gilt with gilt titles to the spine, central grape bunch motif to the front panel within double gilt ruling with grape leaf cornerpieces. Illustrated with numerous woodcuts and illustrations of thirty grape varieties. In near fine condition. Armorial bookplate to the pastedown.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 109253
"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.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 50083
New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 1978.
First edition of this classic work by Dali. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Translated from the French by Olivier Bernier.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 116559
London: Sampson, Low, Son, and Marston, 1869.
The New edition of renowned French chef Jules Gouffé’s immensely influential work on French gastronomy. Large octavo, original boards, gilt titles to the spine, illustrated with 161 woodcuts from drawings by E. Ronjat. Translated from the French and adapted for English use by Alphonse Gouffé. In very good condition.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 117341