One folding engraved plate. xxxii, 116 pp. 8vo, cont. red morocco-backed paste-paper boards, flat spine nicely gilt. Paris: Patris, 1810.
First edition. One of the great achievements of the 19th century in respect to food was the successful development of canning. The pioneer in this field was the Frenchman, Nicolas Appert (1750-1841).
In Appert’s process the foodstuff was placed in clean bottles, well corked, and subsequently the bottles were raised to the boiling-point of water. In this way the most perishable material could be kept unchanged for a long time. With this method Appert demonstrated practically the process of pasteurization, nearly fifty...
One folding engraved plate. xxxii, 116 pp. 8vo, cont. red morocco-backed paste-paper boards, flat spine nicely gilt. Paris: Patris, 1810.
One folding engraved plate. 12 p.l., 577,  pp. 8vo, cont. half-vellum & paste-paper boards. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck, 1787.
Third edition, greatly enlarged and improved (1st ed.: 1777) of the first textbook of technology, a term created by its author. Beckmann (1739-1811), taught at the University of Göttingen, where an ordinary professorship of economic sciences was established for him in 1770. He lectured on mineralogy, agriculture, technology, materials science, commerce, and general public administration.
The present book “is noteworthy for its systematic approach to the various vocations and for its descriptions of a number of trades.”–D.S.B., I, p. 554. Beckmann describes in great detail the...
Engraved frontis. & three engraved plates. 266 pp. 12mo, cont. pale brown calf (joints with tiny cracks), sides decorated with a frame of gilt flower stamps, spine gilt with stamps of fans, people, & other motifs, a.e.g. Paris: Giguet & Michaud, 1805.
“Quatrième Édition, corrigée et augmentée.” A very pretty copy of this celebrated poem on gastronomy which went through a number of editions. The charming frontispiece, drawn by Myris and engraved by Delignon, depicts a party of libertines at the table. The other three plates, drawn by Myris and Monsiau, depict the Roman Senate at the moment of the origin of turbot...
An elaborate album of photographs of drawings of the celebrated brewery at Klein-Schwechat, founded in 1632, and today one of the leading breweries of Austria, producing a lager, a light smooth premium beer called Hopfenperle, and a super-premium called Steffl. The album was prepared for the renowned Viennese brewer August Deiglmayer (1827-83), who was at that time, managing director of the brewery and one of the great innovators of 19th century brewing. Deiglmayer spent much of his professional career at the Klein-Schwechat brewery.
The drawings were executed at the request of Georg Wieninger (1832-87), scion of the Schärding family of...
Numerous woodcuts in the text. 28 unnumbered leaves (incl. the first leaf, a blank). Small 4to, early 20th-cent. calf (final leaf with short tear in blank section, carefully repaired). London: W. Stansby for J. Grismand, 1626.
A very rare book that describes the English bread-pricing regulations established in 1266, which remained in force, with modifications, for more than six centuries. As Britain’s early modern economy developed and the price of wheat fluctuated, these regulations were periodically revised and reissued by authority of the Privy Council. ESTC locates only one copy of our edition in North America.
“Bread was one of the basic nutritional elements of the medieval diet and its supply and price were of the utmost concern to local authorities. Consequently, well-defined laws were laid down to control the manufacture and sale of bread: to judge the weight, quality, and price, and also to ensure an open and constant supply. The most significant and long-lasting commercial law in medieval England was the assize of bread, which was entered into statute law sometime  in the thirteenth century…
59 leaves, enumerating the names of grapes, cereal crops, and oils and their prices for nearly two centuries. Small folio (273 x 178 mm.), 18th-cent. vellum over boards (tail of spine defective), two (of four) ties lacking. Burgundy: 1622-1792.
A fascinating and rare survival, which details the precipitous rise in the prices of Burgundian wine and the emergence of a hierarchy among regions and vintages over a 170-year period. This document, consisting of three gatherings (28; 28; 3 leaves), bound together and written in several legible hands, provides a wealth of information on grain harvests in the region, which varied greatly from year...
Formal banquets, created by hochonin (chefs and carvers) for daimyo, shoguns, aristocrats, and the emperor, at which ceremonial cuisine was served in late medieval and early modern Japan, oftentimes required that the food not be eaten. “Avoiding eating was often the most polite thing to do at a formal banquet…In extreme instances, a guest might sit down to an elaborate and visually stunning banquet in which only a small number of dishes could be eaten. To know what to do in these circumstances, diners had to rely on past custom, visual cues, and a familiarity with the symbolic associations of...
One hand-colored engraved plate. xix, 51 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed marbled boards (some foxing), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: C. Dilly & J. Phillips, 1787.
“Second edition” (but see below) of this translation of Commerell’s work on the mangel wurzel, an uncommon beet developed in the 18th century as a fodder crop for livestock and, when harvested young, an excellent source of nutrition for humans. Commerell (d. 1799), chaplain to the Princess of Lowenstein in the German Lorraine and a member of the Société d’Agriculture de Paris, was interested in husbandry and wrote a monograph in French on...
12 columns long, 8 columns wide, each column within a border, carved on both sides. Japan: late Edo.
A fine example of a wood block board, carved with 192 fortunes (96 on each side). The printed fortunes, known as tsujiura, are small pieces of paper inserted in edible crackers (senbei). The slips of paper produced from this board each measure 26 x 26 mm. after trimming. Fortune cookies were, in fact, invented in Kyoto, and the tradition of American Chinese restaurants serving fortune cookies was derived from Japanese immigrants.
Some of the fortunes include “God will help you,” “Go to Shimbashi,” “Getting Better,” “Everybody likes you,”...
About 60 bound notebooks and about a dozen unbound sheets, many finely illustrated with brush and ink, with colors. [Japan: ca. 1839-ca. 1912].
A fascinating and important manuscript archive of notebooks and sheets, many with illustrations, describing the rules of gastronomic etiquette as prescribed by the Ogasawara School of etiquette, developed in the Kamakura period (1185-1333) and still practiced today. The instructions mostly pertain to the ritualistic preparation and serving of the food on a series of trays known as honzen ryori (“main tray cuisine”) which was the dominant style of banqueting for the elite from the Muromachi period through the Edo...
Seven engraved plates (one double-page). 1 p.l., xvii, , 448, 1 leaf, 6 leaves of explanatory text; 1 p.l., iv, , 498 pp. Two vols. 8vo, cont. tree calf (short crack at top of one joint, minor foxing), flat spines gilt with red & green morocco labels. London: T. Cadell & W. Davies, 1800.
First edition in English of Gren’s Grundriss der Chemie with additions and notes by the translator (Dr. Gruber...). Although the author had his own eclectic theory of chemistry he has followed the antiphlogistic system in this work.”–Cole 554. The text also describes glass- and ceramic-making techniques, dyeing, brewing, etc.
Gren (1760-98), founder of the Journal der Physik, Germany’s most exciting scientific journal, slowly adopted Lavoisier’s theories, which helped prepare the way for the ultimate acceptance of the Frenchman’s ideas in Germany.
Engraved vignette on title & one folding engraved plate. 112 pp. 8vo, attractive mottled half-calf & paste-paper boards (one line of title “dell’ accessit” erased as in all copies), spine gilt, morocco lettering piece on spine. Vicenza: nella Stamperia Turra, 1788.
First edition of a rare work on the introduction of corn into Italy and its cultivation. Harasti, a member of the Hungarian noble Haraszthy family of Buda, was a Franciscan friar who wrote many books on agriculture. He belonged to several scientific and agricultural societies in Italy, and this work was awarded a prize by the Accademia Agraria di Vicenza in 1788.
Harasti considers the species of corn, its origins, methods of planting and cultivation, techniques to prevent diseases from affecting the crops, when and how to harvest, and methods of preventing the harvested grains from being contaminated by fungi and rodents while in storage. Harasti describes which species of corn are most appropriate for the different regions of Italy.
Engraved vignette on title & three folding engraved plates. 252 pp. 8vo, cont. half-vellum & boards (boards slightly soiled, two very small wormholes to title touching three letters), spine gilt, green leather lettering piece on spine, uncut. Vicenza: nella Stamperia Turra, 1784.
First edition of this uncommon book on wheat, corn, and other cereals. Harasti, a member of the Hungarian noble Haraszthy family of Buda, was a Franciscan friar who wrote many books on agriculture. He belonged to several scientific and agricultural societies in Italy, and this work was awarded a prize by the Accademia Agraria di Vicenza in 1783.
In this work, Harasti provides a complete account of wheat, corn, and other cereals suitable for growing in Italy, methods of planting and cultivation, techniques to prevent diseases from affecting the crops, when and how to harvest, and methods of preventing the harvested grains from being contaminated by fungi and rodents while in storage. There are extensive discussions of the different species of the cereals and which are the most appropriate for different regions of Italy.
Full-page woodcut armorial device on verso of title, one woodcut in the text, & woodcut initials & decorations. Largely printed in black letter. 11 p.l. (several preliminary leaves misbound at end), 193,  leaves. Small 4to, cont. limp vellum (wrinkled & somewhat soiled, minor & mostly marginal worming to misbound leaves, minor dampstaining), ties gone. London: Printed by R. Watkins, 1577.
First edition in English, translated by Barnabe Googe (1540-94). This work, first published in Latin in Cologne in 1570, was extremely popular. Written in the form of a dialogue, the book takes an imaginary visitor through the countryman’s house, and shows him his farm, stables, garden...
Title printed in red & black. 11 p.l., 400,  pp. 8vo, cont. vellum over boards (light browning & foxing). Ulm: D. Bartholomai, 1722.
First edition. Hoffmann (1660-1742), whom Hirsch calls “one of the heroes of German medicine in the 18th century,” was “a leading medical systematist of the first half of the eighteenth century...he became a highly influential teacher and practicing physician in Germany, systematizing coherently the Galenic, iatromechanical, and iatrochemical aspects of the phenomena of health and disease.”–D.S.B., VI, p. 458.
In the present work, Hoffmann offers a collection of medical and dietetic instructions developed to improve health. He provides...
12 p.l. (the first a blank), 159,  pp. (final leaf blank). 12mo, cont. sheep (spine faded, a bit rubbed). London: J.C. for W. Crook, 1672.
First edition of “the earliest work in English on the medicinal virtues of North American tropical plants. Based on first-hand observations made in the West Indies. Evidence suggests that Hughes began his career in 1651 with a privateering voyage to the West Indies, during which he traveled to Barbados, St. Kitts, Cuba, Jamaica and mainland Florida. He appears to have spent a good deal of time visiting British plantations on Jamaica and Barbados, where he observed...
2 p.l., 46 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Warrington: Printed by W. Eyres, 1796.
First edition of this scarce provincial imprint. During the final four decades of the 18th century Britain experienced a number of corn harvest failures with a resulting rise in the price of wheat. The Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, the Board of Agriculture, and various private individuals advocated the adoption of the potato as a substitute for wheat, and great efforts were made to popularize the cultivation of this crop.
The writer of the present tract was no doubt inspired by a Board of Agriculture report on the culture and use of potatoes, which was published in 1795. Kirkpatrick, who lived near Wigan in Lancashire, a well-established center for potato cultivation, was not a professional nurseryman, but he grew certain plants in his garden that he offered for sale.
23 silk-screened images of potatoes hand-tinted & tipped-in. 14 unnumbered leaves. Folio (430 x 310 mm.), orig. pink paper wrappers & yellow band with watercolored title, stitched. London: The Everyday Press, 2018.
A charming illustrated recipe book by the chef Jeremy Lee and British artist Simon Popper; produced in an edition of 75. Recipes include: pommes sarladaises, potato soup, Cullen skink, champ, and “Janson’s Temptation.” The silk-screened potato images were copied from 19th-century engravings of potatoes. Printed by Lesley Sharp.
Three vols. Thick 8vo, orig. marbled wrappers (wrappers with a few pale ink stains), manuscript labels pasted on spines, uncut. Paris: P.D. Pierres, 1782.
First edition of “one of the finest works upon the social life of the French people…”–Bitting, p. 280. Legrand d’Aussy (1737-1800), was appointed keeper of French manuscripts at the Bibliothèque nationale in 1795.
While Legrand originally envisioned a more comprehensive work on domestic life, he only managed to publish the sections on food. This work is filled with valuable information on food preparation, the concept and organization of a “correct” meal, dishes to be served...
4 p.l., 237 pp., one leaf of register. Small 4to, cont. vellum over boards, contrasting leather lettering piece on spine. Florence: Stamperia Moücke, 1765.
First edition of what appears to be the first book on bread to be issued in Italy. Manetti (1723-85), was a physician, director of the botanical garden at Florence, and co-founder of the Academy of Georgofili, the first European agricultural academy. He corresponded with most of the leading scientists of Europe.
In this work, Manetti describes the different species of wheat and how to make bread from other flours, including corn, rye, and buckwheat and those obtained...
Probably Edo: “2 March 1802” & following days.
This manuscript contains menus of a series of eight ceremonial meals prepared for Chokushi and Inshi, who were imperial envoys sent to Edo annually in the end of February to the beginning of March. They were reciprocating the earlier annual visit of representatives of the shogun to the emperor who was resident in Kyoto.
These visits were highly ritualized events and the meals which they ate were extremely elaborate. This manuscript gives the menus of several breakfasts, lunches, and dinners given to the envoys which the shogun’s staff (kyooyaku) oversaw and attended. These meals were...
Numerous woodcut illus. (some full-page) in the text. 90 folding leaves. Small 8vo, orig. patterned wrappers, new stitching. Edo: 1772.
First edition. Nishimura, who lived in the 17th century, was an author of novels, a haiku master, and publisher of medical books.
This book combines his two works on cuisine. The first part is devoted to Fucha vegetarian cuisine, derived from Chinese Buddhism. The remainder of the book is concerned with Shippoku cuisine, a fusion of Chinese, Japanese, and Western cuisine originating in Nagasaki. A primary characteristic of Shippoku cuisine is jikabashi, the seating of the diners around one common round table...
Three double-page & ten full-page woodcut illus., and several woodcuts in the text. 1 p.l., 28 folding leaves, one page of colophon. 8vo, orig. blue patterned wrappers (rubbed & with a few stains), orig. block-printed title label on upper cover (label rubbed & partly defective), new stitching. Osaka: Kawachiya chobei et al., [Preface dated 1828; colophon dated 1830].
First edition of the earliest detailed Japanese description of the cultivation, harvesting, and processing of the kuzu (or kudzu) plant. Kuzu has many uses: its powder is the essential ingredient used throughout Asia for thickening sauces and making various types of desserts. It is also used in numerous...
Folding engraved frontis. (short tear to image carefully repaired without loss). 3 p.l., 39 pp. Small 8vo, cont. half-calf & marbled boards, flat spine gilt. London: R. Roberts, 1699.
First edition of what is apparently the first English book solely devoted to tea. Ovington (1653-1731), chaplain to James II, upon the kings’ removal, was engaged by the East India Company and sailed for India, where he lived in Surat for two and a half years. While there, he became interested in the tea culture of the subcontinent.
“During the second half of the seventeenth century three drinks, coffee, chocolate, and tea, gradually became...