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J.A.P. Cousin. VOYAGES GASTRONIMIQUES AU PAYS DE FRANCE. PARIS ET LA REGION PARISIENNE. Paris: E. Flammarion, 1925. 12 mo.370 pages, wraps. uncut pages, tight copy with an interior repair. restaurants and cafes with specialties listed, with maps and towns alond the motor route to Nice.  Suggested itineraries for travel. $95.



A. Escoffier. A GUIDE TO MODERN COOKERY. London: William Heinemann, Ltd., 1930.  891 pages. all in VG/VG. $250.







MFK Fisher. THE ART OF EATING. NY: The World Publishing Company, 1954. Jacket photo by Man Ray. a vg/vg copy. bright and clean. $125.


LE BOEUF A LA MODE. FOLDING FAN. 7 1/2” maker’s name on the back. Chambrelent, Paris. a little bit of foxing. small, thin metal loop. mixing fashion and boeuf. $115. 


Ch. Cocks & Ed. Feret. BORDEAUX ET SES VINS. CLASSES PAR ORDRE DE MERITE. Paris: Libraires Associes, 1898. first published iin 1850, still in print, an authoritative reference with maps and  illustrations. coupon on p. xix is cut out. otherwise a beautiful tight, clean copy. all maps present, no smells or marks. bright cover, small amount of wear to upper spine cover. $425.



Natalie Scott  and Caroline Merrick Jones.  GOURMET GUIDE TO NEW ORLEANS. New Orleans, Peerless Printing Co., 1933. first edition, no errata sheet. stiff card covers, 99 + pages, quite a bright, clean copy, with the usual edge cover bending. introduction by Dorothy Dix. signed by Scott. recipes from celebrated chefs and restaurants. $250.




Lawton Mackall. KNIFE AND FORK IN NEW YORK. NY: Robert M.McBride & Company,   1948. a stated first edition. 249 pages. all restaurants have good reviews, with an interesting guide to organizing the listings, but before cross indexing. a clean copy. $165.



MENU. JACQUES PEPIN. 8.75 X 14” ORIGINAL. Cream colored stiff paper. rapidigraph, pencil guide lines erase, dated December 13, 14, 15,  1983. while a guest chef at La Tulipe, NYC. Prix fixe $75. Signed Jacques 83.   $300. 



James Busby, esquire. JOURNAL OF A TOUR THROUGH SOME OF THE VINEYARDS OF SPAIN AND FRANCE. NSW: The David Ell Press, 1979. reprint of the c.1833  Sydney edition. burgundy colored cloth, as new. unnumbered of 1000 copies. engaging reading. $65.


Mrs. Isabella Beeton. THE BOOK OF HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT; COMPRISING INFORMATION FOR THE…. ALSO SANITARY, MEDICAL, AND LEGAL MEMORANDA. London: Ward, Lock and Co., 1869. This date as stated in the Note to the New Edition, signed S.O. Beeton. Warwick House, Paternoster Row, 1869. Entirely New Edition, Revised and Corrected. This being the Three Hundred and First Thousand copies printing. All colour plates present. Plate xii opposite the Preface to the First Edition, p.iii. Contemporary binding 3/4 leather, newer spine with reinforced text block, stamped title. 1139 pages. A copy neatly used, with the previous owner’s newspaper clippings glued in and also inserted clippings, and all rear blank pages 'taken up' with recipes hand written, one dated 19.4.28. pages are toned, expertly repaired when torn or rubbed, a tight binding with marbled colored edges. a very nice early copy of this title.  $350. 



John Moore. A VIEW OF SOCIETY AND MANNERS IN ITALY: WITH ANECDOTES RELATING TO SOME EMINENT CHARACTERS. Boston: Apollo Press, 1792. While most dialogue covers more lofty and historical descriptions of society and politics in the many cities and towns, interesting details of dress and meals punctuate the story. “ I shall mention two circumstances, from which you may form an idea of the grandeur of an Italian palace, and the number of domestics which some of the nobility retain. We passed through twelve or thirteen large rooms before we arrived at the dining room; there were thirty-six persons at the table, none served but the Prince’s domestics, and each guest had a footman behind his chair; other domestics belonging to the Prince remained in the adjacent rooms, and in the hall. We afterwards passed through a considerable number of other rooms in our way to one from which there is a commanding view.” 

No shortage of descriptions of hand mannerisms or  extemporaneous declarations of religious passion.   $150.



VOLUMES XXVII & XXVIII,  JANUARY 1855- DECEMBER, 1855. A  Popular Ladies’ monthly magazine, containing fiction and non, needlework ideas and sewing patterns and each month a color plate of the newest Parisian fashions and a full page etching print on a meditative subject— Saint Joan of Arc, Moses Smiting the Rock, The Thunder Storm, nine more, on stiffer papers. One year was considered as 2 volumes, this being complete for the year 1855, all color plates are present with tissue guards. Tight binding, clean copy. Contemporary binding with the binder’s embossed stamp on the FEP. $125.



Jacques Pepin. THE ART OF COOKING. New York:  Alfred A. Knopf, 1987. 

First edition stated. In vg/vg. a signed copy. a big, colorful book of instructional recipes by the master of technique. $125. 




Sara Bosse and Onoto Watanna. CHINESE-JAPANESE COOK BOOK. Chicago: Rand McNally & Company, 1914. small 16mo. 120pp + publ. early  imprint of Asian cooking in America perhaps in tribute to her Chinese mother, the story is a little blurry. Why not? An interesting wikipedia biography here. A bright little copy, bright paste on, clean and tight. lightly bumped corners. $300.



Giovanni Della Casa. GALATEO OR THE BOOK OF MANNERS. Middlesex: Penguin Books, 1958. R. S. Pine-Coffin, new translation. near ‘as new’ Penguin pb copy. 131 pgs. 16th century etiquette relevant for 2017. $20.





Luia Forbes. DINNER IS SERVED.  self published, 1941. Amusing drawings by Brian Fawcett. Written in English and Spanish. A hefty mixture of Peruvian and also European. Vivid descriptions of Old Peru—-Cooking for ‘influential’ friends. A book dedicated to the vice-president of Peru. 213 pages. from an invitation for a lecture she was giving, inserted in a copy I had once in my shop: Lady Forbes has led a brilliant and exciting life.  Born in Cape Town, South Africa, she spent her girl-hood playing on the slopes of Table Mountain and enjoying the company of famous men like Cecil Rhodes and Rudyard Kipling. After her marriage to Sir Victor Courtenay Forbes, British Ambassador, she lived in Mexico City, Madrid, Rome and Lima. All who have heard Lady Forbes speak have been enchanted by her profound knowledge and her fascinating recollections of the places she has lived. 


This copy is boldly signed by Luia Forbes on the FEP. $75.


SMALL folding RIMMEL FAN. 6 panels with brass grommet, astrological caricatures. from the Rimmel shop, London or Paris. $95.



Eugene Rimmel. THE BOOK OF PERFUMES.  London: Chapman and Hall, 1871. seventh edition. 266 pages. gilt edges. gilt stamped front cover and spine. more than 250 illustrations, 1 colour plate. a history in 12 chapters. It’s perfume !! Love it. $165. 





Alvarado Middleditch, M.D.  HOMES AND HOME LIFE.  Philadelphia: P.W. Zieglaer & Co., 1883. 576 pages. 4 color chromoliths of garden flowers. How to achieve Good Health, Long Life and a Happy Home— brown cloth with gilt and stamped cover— light shelf wear. An excellent copy. profusely illustrated. $95.

[Sidney Grimaldi.] THE TOILET. London: The Author, 1821, second edition. A book of good virtues for young girls. Good virtues encouraged in charming ways— Constructed as a “flap” book- unpaginated. In relatively very good condition, one  flap and one tissue guard missing. Original paper covered boards, centered title with simple decorative border. fragile sewn binding holding. hand colored flaps and virtue engravings.

Table of Contents:

1.The Enchanting Mirror. 2. A was to smooth Wrinkles, 3.An universal Beautifier.tissue, 4.Matchless Ear Rings,

5.Best White Paint, 6.Superior Rouge, 7.A mixture to Sweeten the Voice, 8.Fine Lip Salve, 9.The late King’s Eye Water.  $650.

William I. Kaufman. J’AIME LE CHOCOLAT. Robert Morel, 1969. first French. c. 1967, Doubleday, in English. a bright, tight, clean copy, almost new, i page of marginalia. silver endpages— great design for a chocolate book. $65.


Lily Rice Foxcroft. WHILE YOU ARE A GIRL. Boston: The Pilgrim Press, 1913. Girls and virtues— Tempers and Tongues; Mothers and Daughters; Imposing on Others, several other chapters. 188 pages. decorative page borders. gilt edging at top, bright dust jacket with small tears, frontis with tissue guard. $65.



William Scott. LESSONS IN ELOCUTION: OR A SELECTION OF PIECES, IN PROSE AND VERSE, FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF YOUTH IN READING & SPEAKING. TO WHICH ARE PREFIXED ELEMENTS OF GESTURE ILLUSTRATED BY FOUR PLATES; AND RULES FOR EXPRESSING, WITH PROPRIETY, THE VARIOUS PASSIONS, &c. OF THE MIND. Boston: Isiaiah Thomas, 1811. third edition. 407 pages. an anthology of selected essays & passages that express the serious, the tragic, the humorous, for thought and discussion, to be read aloud by the student; with four hand colored plates illustrating gestures. a previous owners ex libris in large decorative script pasted on the fep.  $110.

BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS NEW COOK BOOK. Des Moines: Meredith Publishing Company, 1953. first ed. fifth printing. the red and white checked, 5 ringed binder format. a well used copy, very clean with additional, clippings, pasted and clipped and inserted envelopes—         $65.


N. M. Turner. (Her Book.)  Towanda, Pa. November 15, 1916. scrap book of various newspaper clippings and newspaper recipes. pasted into a repurposed book that is entitled DARING DEEDS OF AMERICAN HEROES, 1856.  several pages of recipes, several pages ‘scissor cut’ out. $95.



F. Point. MA GASTRONOMIE. Paris: Flammarion, 1969.  178 pages. a tribute to the town of Vienne and his restaurant, La Pyramide. silk covered boards, stamped titles, paste on decoration on front cover, original mylar cover, illustrated end pages. Bright clean, tight copy, bumped bottom corners. $225.

--another copy. Lyceum, 1974. The English language edition. a VG++ , small chips in the jacket but an 'as new' copy of the book. $90. 







Enid Blyton. LET’S GARDEN. London: Latimer House Limited, 1948. thus. c.1935.  charming, beautifully illustrated, gardening book by the very prolific children’s author, with a bright jacket. light edge wear to the jacket. unused book just some old age spots on the edges. decorated end pages too. $150.


Alan Davidson. NORTH ATLANTIC SEAFOOD. London: Macmillan Ltd.512 pages., 1979. 1st edition.   a dictionary of fish varieties, with remarks, references with 19th century drawing illustrations from historical sources; recipes beginning with Arroz de Polvo from Portugal traveling northward and into the seas, circumventing Greenland rounding Eastern Canada continuing southward to Georgia, USA.

512 pages. incorporating history, anecdotes, quotes, bibliographies and notes. Davidson was a much revered author and publisher. This copy is in VG/VG, well preserved, with a bookmark (ca early 1980's) as found, from the very famous bookshop owned by Heidi Lascelles, Books for Cooks, Notting Hill, London. $70.

Merle Armitage. “ FIT FOR A KING”. New York: Longmans, Green & Company, 1939. large 8vo. 258 pp + 3. true 1st ed. bright, clean dust jacket, yellow cloth cover with stamped titles. The book was later printed by Duell, Sloan and Pearce using the same date. a cookbook noted for the unique Armitage design and for Edward Weston’s rich, warm black and white photographs of vegetables- placed at the end of the book. a collaborative book with notable artist and writer contributors: Gertrude Stein, Louis Untermeyer, Crosby Gaige. Rockwell Kent and Raymond Loewy, many others. The papers of Armitage are housed in The University of Iowa, The University of Texas in Austin and at The University of Arizona in Tucson. $400.

--another copy. second printing. NY: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1949. a VG copy in a bright yellow colored jacket that lacks the back strip. $100.

One of England’s most captivating and eloquent food writer was Elizabeth David. Writing about Mediterranean, French Country or Italian food, about Ice Cream or Bread, she was knowledgable and formidable to more than a few. She was inspirational and still is inspirational to many.
A group of postcards addressed to Elizabeth David. Liza, Liz, Mrs.David, Mrs. Elizabeth David, Mrs. Anthony David. 1 from 1948, the others from the 50’s and 60’s. one is addressed to National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, the others to her house at 24 Halsey Street London. $450.




Letter from Alice B. Toklas to Mr. Cummings (Philip Cummings, Woodstock, VT)  from the apartment at 27 Rue de Fleurus. The letter was written one year after the publication of The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas, a book that brought much fame and notoriety to the couple. Alice had written the cookbook after Gertrude’s death, in it recalling the company and meals, the wars they had seen, their lives together in Bilignin.
It is a short, beautifully crafted letter. $750.


There are 3 different links in my short description from The New York Times and to Wikipedia pages about Mr. Cummings and 27 rue de Fleurus.



TEA. From The Mark T. Wendell Tea Company.
HU KWA. Green Tea, Earl Gray. Loose tea in tins. Call or write for prices.