LA VARENNE.   FRANCOIS PIERRE     Rare English translation of 'Le Cuisinier Francois'
THE FRENCH COOK
Prescribing the way of making ready of all sorts of Meats, Fish and Flesh, with the proper Sauces, either to procure Appetite, or to advance the power to Digestion: with the whole skill of pastry work. Together with a Treatise of Conserves, both dry and liquid, a la mode de France. The second Edition, carefully exami-ned, and compared with the originall: and purged throughout. from many mistakes, and defects; and supplyed in diverse things, left out, in the former impression. With an Addition of some choice re-ceits of Cookery lately grown in use among the nobility and gentry by a prime artist of our own nation. (a single long line) Written in French by Monsieur De La Varenne of Uxelles, and now Englished by I.D.G. (a single long line) London, Prinet for Charles Adams, at the Talbut neere St. Dunstans Church in Fleetstreet. 1654.
A 2nd EDITION: 124 x 78 mm. Inside the front cover, this copy's important provenance: André L. Simon & Eleanor Lowenstein's jointly engraved book-plate. 1fep with the engraved frontispiece laid down nicely on the verso. Title page. [1] A2-3 Epistle Dedicatory. [1] 16 p To the Reader. (1&2)3-297. [1] 1fep. Closely trimmed in places, occasionally just touching a headline, signature mark or catchword with no loss. The last page laid down with a small 1" diagonal piece of the top corner missing with loss of text. Very lightly age browned throughout. Fully bound in dark blue morocco with gilt borders to covers. Original spine with gilt lines and tooling laid down expertly. Text block edges in red. Oxford p.23-24 Wing L625. Cagle 818, a 3rd edition. EST records only 5 copies in public holdings. This is a very nice rare cookery book with a fine provenance.
- At CooksInfo online - https://www.cooksinfo.com/francois-pierre-de-la-varenne: we can see some well-researched biographical details of La Varenne's life. La Varenne was considered by some to be a founding father of French cuisine. He was an important bridge between the predominately flesh based old style and a more contemporary thoughtful approach to French cooking. He was the first to introduce in print, bisque and bechamel sauce, and his work contains the first usage of the terms, bouquet garni, reductions and mille-feuille. It also includes an earlv form of hollandaise sauce. A bizarre recipe for a 'Potage of Tortoise' is included. One of the notable key points of this book and La Varenne's cookery is found on page 220. He lists 20 vegetables; "that may be found in gardens, which one may use on occasion to serve up with first courses, the inter-course of Fish dishes, other flesh dishes, and in Lent", In the old style French cuisine, vegetables were not considered part of the French diet until Nicolas de Bonnefon's book 'Le Jardinier Francois' first published; 1651, (see item 11294 on this site) detailing the large gardens at Versailles where we get the clear impression that de Bonnefon's book detailing Louis X1V's great interest in growing all types of produce, especially vegetables, which would have had a huge impact on the French Aristocracy and their cooks, and ultimately filtering down to all levels of French cooking. La Varenne proves himself to be a truly progressive Chef incorporating very interesting innovations into his great book. He passed away at Dijon; 1678. Leaving behind one of the most important cookery books detailing French Cuisine in its earliest development. Originally pub; in French, titled 'Le Cuisinier Francois', Paris 1651. The first English edition was pub: London 1653. This is a rare unrecorded 2nd of 1654. There is a later 3rd edition 1673. There are copies at Leeds University, Nat.Library of Scotland, The Wellcombe Library, Huntington Library and Wellesley College.

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Lamb.   Patrick     - First edition - first issue - 1710.
Royal Cookery; or, the Complete Court-Cook.
CONTAINING THE Choicest Receipts in all the particular Branches of COOKERY, Now in Use in the Queen's PALACES OF St. James, Hampton-Court, and Kensington, Windsor.With nearly Forty Figures(curiously engraven Copper) of the magnificent Entertainments as Coronations, Istal-ments, Ball, Weddings, &c. at Court; Also Receipts for making the Soups, Jellies, Bisques, Ragoo's, Pastes, Tan-sies, Forc'd-Meats, Cakes, Puddings, &c. By PATRICK LAMB, Esq, Near 50 Years Master-Cook to their late Majesties King Charles II, King James II, King William and Queen Mary, and to Her Present Majesty Queen ANNE. To which are added, Bills of Fare for every Season in the Year. London, Printed for Abel Roper, and sold by John Morphew, near Stationers-Hall. 1710.
FIRST EDITION. 1st ISSUE. 1710. 8vo 195x125mm. 1fep. Half title. [1] Title Page. [1] 6p Preface. 4p Contents. 2p Content of Tables. (1)2-127 with 36 plates, many folding. [1] 12p Bills of Fare. 4p Advertisements. 1fep. Full contemporary dark panelled calf with blind tooled fillets on the boards. Expertly rebacked with raised bands and gilt lettering. A handsome very clean copy with a fine patina.
- There is some confusion amongst dealers, catalogue compilers and bibliographers about the issue sequence of the two first editions of 1710. One issue point asks which comes first; the Roper imprint or the other, the Aitkins imprint. Another issue point is the date that is printed on later editions on the third line of adverts at the back of the book. The copy on offer here has no date in the adverts. It has the half title; often missing and all 36 plates as called for. Confusion also exists over the plate count. Bitting cites 34, Viciare calls for 36 and Alan Davidson's copy, sold on March 24th 2011 at Bloomsbury auctions, had 35 plates, conforming with the printed 'Contents of the Tables' list. These oddities appear to constitute printer's mistakes rather than defining different editions. Patrick Lamb (1650-1708/9) began work in the royal household as a child. In 1683 he advanced to become royal cook, then in 1677 he was appointed as master cook to the queen consort, a post that he held jointly with that of office of Sergeant of His Majesty's Pastry in Ordinary, to which he was appointed in November 1677; he became Master Cook to the monarch in February 1683. Lamb's culinary skills were most famously in evidence at extraordinary events like coronations. Lamb's name is recorded in Francis Sandford's famous book 'The History of the Coronation of James II'- printed 1687. He is given a stipend of gold coins for his efforts as Master Cook to His Majesty during the Coronation feast. At the auction of the cookery book collection of Tore Wretman, sold in Southby's, London, Thursday 2 October 1997. an incomplete copy of Sandford's book was sold with a manuscript note on the fep. in Lambs handwriting and signed by him, stating: 'his copy given to him by His Majesty'. Lamb was Master-Cook to five Monarchs and his book was the most heavily illustrated English cookery book to date. Some of Lamb's contemporaries contend that this book was speculatively published under his name. ODNB remarks that the text incorporates recipes for elaborate royal dishes alongside lavish royal table layouts that suggest the text and additions were drawn from Lamb's own papers. There were new editions in 1716, 1726 and 1731. This one is a very clean and complete copy of the rare first edition. Lamb's posthumously published book (He died in 1709) is one of the most important items in any comprehensive antiquarian cookery book collection. Good copies continue to find very high prices. In April 7th 2008, a gastronomic collection assembled by Walter and Lucille Fillin and sold at the Swann Galleries, NYC, featured a first edition of Lamb's 'Royal Cookery' (the same as the copy on offer here). It was sold to the trade for $19,200.oo. According to Swann, this set an auction-price record.

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Lambrecht.   Bernhard     - A wonderful record of German confectionary.
THE NEW STYLE OF CONFECTIONARY.
BY BERNHARD LAMBRECHT MASTER CONFECTIOER TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN Published by MACLAREN & SONS, LTD. 38, Shoe Lane, London, and Glasgow.
FIRST EDITION. c. 1930. 265 x 230 mm. 4to. 2feps with a small printers device on the 2rd one. Title page with the same printers device on the verso. p5 Contents. 6-132. 1fep. Original cream coloured cloth full binding with pressed brown text on front board and spine. The binding with some staining indicative of a slight kitchen spillage. Text block ‘as new’. Numerous large beautiful black and white plates and 9 full pages with colour plates tipped in, some with tissue guards. Very good plus.
- Bernhard Lambrecht, the son of a pastry chef, attended from 1907 to 1916 at the Great School in Wolfenbüttel. After graduation he was a soldier in the First World War. He then graduated as a pastry chef after an apprenticeship in the Wolfenbüttel Confectionery run by his father. In 1926, in Leipzig he sat for his Master's examination for the Confectionery trade. In 1927 he founded in Wolfenbüttel a private school for the ‘new pastry art’. He headed the school as a director until 1969. The other great confectioner's institution, the Master School of Confectioners, existed from 1938 until 1948. It was then taken over by the German Federal Confectioners guild, and later re-named the ‘Federal College for the Confectionery Trade’. The Federal College was up until the 1990s, the only training institution for inter-company confectioner training in Germany. Many trainees also came from abroad. From Japan, the USA and Canada, Brazil, Holland, Sweden and Norway. In 2004 the school was closed. Lambrecht, pursued the goal of lifting his profession to the highest level of the style of the Weimar Bauhaus. The Bauhaus was founded as an art school in 1919 by Walter Gropius in Weimar. The nature and conception was something completely new. It represented a merging of art and craft. It is today the most influential educational institution in the field of architecture, art and design. Its continues today as a major force in shaping the image of German designs abroad. In Germany, Bernhard Lambrecht is characterized as an internationally important pioneer and innovator of his profession. To this day Lambrecht’s influence on the modern café culture is immense. This 1930 Confectionary book he published testifies to his precise, beautiful craftsmanship. On page 7, Lambrecht declares that Confectionary is Art (with a capital A). This is a sentiment shared by many modern chefs who are also under the illusion that they are artists, and what they create is art. We can accept this is not true, if we read about Socrates' printed conversation with a learned pundit, where he clarifies after a long dialogue that “art must and does, with the use of mundane materials, elevate the conscious above the everyday existance”. Great cooking cannot do this, but it does cause wonder and awe at the craftsmanship displayed, but the final truth is, it ends up as just satisfying hunger. In conclusion, the most that can be said to describe great cooks, is that they are great artisans. Bernhard Lambrecht was one such artisan. This printed work conveys his craftsmanship beautifully. He must be accepted as one of the most important contributors to the famous German confectionary trade. This is a very handsome and well laid out book with many beautiful plates.

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Langham.   William     - The 1633 edition.
THE GARDEN OF HEALTH
CONTAINING THE sundry rare and hidden vertues and properties of all kindes of Simples and Plants. Together with the manner they are to bee vsed and applyed in medicine for the health of mans body, against diuers diseases and infirmities most common amongst men. Gathered by the long experience and industry onf WILLIAM LANGHAM. Practitioner in Physicke. The second Edition corrected and amended. LONDON, Printed by THOMAS HARPER, with permission of the Company of Stationers. M.DC.XXXIII.
4to. 198 x 148mm. 1fep with flowing script - George King senior and Thomas King junior 1703. Title page. [1] 2 pages To the Reader. 4 pages Table of Simples. (1)2-702. 66 pages of A Table. 2feps with George King in script dated 1653, and George Thrift 1709. The dense text printed mainly in gothic type and 'indices' at the end of the chapters in roman type.Text block nice and tight and uniformly age browned but all clearly legible. Original dark brown leather on boards with a skillfully relaid spine with raised bands and gilt lettering. Has a nice patina. The inside cover paste-downs not placed showing original boards and leather edging.
- William Langham's ‘Book of Health’ is a concise medicinal herbal with many recipes interwoven into the text. Langham devotes a chapter to each plant, describing its parts and their uses. To every item of information he added a number, and at the end of the chapter there is a table of conditions relating to the numbers in the text. For instance under Fennel, one of the longest entries there are 132 items of information, ranging from ‘Adder biting’ to ‘Yard ache’. Included is a discussion of almonds, anis, apples, artichokes, barley, basil, beans, beets, bread, butter, capers, cardamom, carrots, caraway, chestnuts, cinnamon, citrons, cloves, cockles, coriander, crab, cress, cucumber, currants; that’s just a selection taken from the A-Cs. With two general indexes, one consisting of a list of 421 simples. The other index is the converse of the lists at the end of individual plants, as it indicates the ills and diseases that can be helped by the use of the many different plants. For example, forty-eight plants were indexed under consumption and eighty-eight under colic, whilst 'lust to abate' merited twenty, with thirty-five to cause it. The table repeatedly lists 10,000 plants that can be used for more than 1,150 conditions and functions. Langham includes some American plants that had only recently reached Europe. He was not the first to use this system. Henry Lyte’s English translation of Dodoen’s famous herbal ‘The New Herbal’ of 1578, [see item 11078 on this site] has four separate indexes; one for classic Latin names of plants; one for apothecaries, the Arabs and modern herbalists; one for the English names; and the fourth a subject index of what plants could do. While the title must have been influenced by the 'Gart der Gesundheit' published by Johann Wonnecke of Kaub in 1485, or the '[H]Ortus Sanitatis', published by Jacob Meydenbach in Mainz Germany on 23 June 1491, the text is quite independent. Langham's very rare text is absorbing and interesting, and when checked against known modern remedies it is amazing how many are similar. Every page has nuggets of information that seem to transcend time. The first edition was published in London, 1579. In the exhibition catalogue "Four Hundred Years of English Diet and Cookery" at the Bancroft Library, it is noted that "This may be the first use of cross-referencing." Like the Lilly Library, the Bancroft has the second edition only.

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ref number: 11197

Latry   Francoise     A very rare Savoy menu by Chef Francois Latry.
INDEPENDENCE DAY DINNER MENU.
Of the American Society in London. July 4th, 1927. (a thin line) MENU, PROGRAMME, LIST OF GUESTS, AND PLAN OF TABLES (another thin line) The American Ambassador ......... Chairman. SAVOY HOTEL. Headed by a slightly embossed vignette of the American flag.
123 x 164 mm. An 18 page very detailed menu. Verso of front cover is a cartoon with drawings of all the upper management. We seee that Chef Latry is Maitre des Cuisines of the Savoy Restuarant and Chef Virlogeux was the Maitre des Cuisines of the Savoy Grill. With the Menu and Toasts, seating plan and the names of all invitee's, this is one of the most comprehensively detailed menus I have ever seen. On the verso of the back cover is a fine-drawn portrait of Mons.Latry. The whole menu in thick cream-coloured cardboard. Held together with a red, white and blue twisted string tassle. Housed in a slip folder bound in thick yellow handmade paper with a large label. A very clean and handsome item.
- This is an unusual menu, not only the pages of details but that it also has the tipped in cartoons of the Catering and Hotel Managers. At 'Cook's Info' online, there is a fine biographical article, detailing the key points of Francois Latry's life, pertaining to his career as a famous French Chef in London. Born in Gex. France in 1889 He was Maître Chef des Cuisines at the Savoy Hotel Restaurant in London for 23 years, from 1919 to 1942. His life has not yet been well-documented but what we know of him comes just from newspaper coverage of the time. Fortunately, he was somewhat similar to Alexis Soyer, being frequently in the media and the press, as well as a writer of letters to the editor of the Times of London. François’s mother began to teach him to cook when he was very young. He was only seven when he started doing little things in the kitchen under her direction. At 12 years old, he went off to work in a hotel in Bourgen-Bresse, whence the best French poultry comes. Then he went to Lyons for ten years before he migrated to Paris to get his apprenticeship finished off, but not the learning. Something a great cook does all his life. Latry started with the Savoy in London in 1911 when he was approximately 22 years old. Two years later he was chef of its Café Parisien, which he left to go to Claridge’s for five years, a service interrupted by a year at the front, where his leg was so badly injured that he was discharged as unfit for further service. After the Armistice, he returned to the Savoy as Maître Chef des Cuisines. On 31 May 1928, he was named to the Board of Directors of the “Société des Grands Hôtels de la route Paris-Nice” in France. His position at the time was given as “directeur des cuisines du Savoy-Hotel” with his home address curiously given out as 132 Cromwell Road, South Kensingston, London. Also in 1934, he was admitted to the French Legion of Honour: The first being Auguste Escoffier similarly admitted on March 22nd 1928. Latry retired in March of 1942. Marius Dutrey, c.1888 – 1975, was appointed his successor.” Latry died in August 1966 in France. Marius Dutrey stayed until January 1946. In January 1946, Camille Payard was awarded the post, but occupied it only shortly as he died in October of that same year. August Laplanche, was then Maître Chef des Cuisines from 1946 to 1965. A well documented history of the Kitchen of am equally documented grand old hotel that has managed to keep its excellent reputation since its inception by Richard D’Oyly Carte in August 1889.

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Laurent   Paul    
Artistic Sugar Work
and Petit Fours. Maclaren & Sons Ltd., London & Glasgow. "Craft" Series.
FIRST AND SOLE EDITION 1934. Square 8vo. 205x205mm. 1fep. Half title. [1] Title page. [1] 1p Introduction. [1] 1p Section 1. [1] 9-175. 1p Contents. 1fep. With many b/w photographs in text. Full maroon cloth binding. With gilt lettering on the front board and spine. In very good condition with very slight rubbing at the top and bottom of the spine only.
- Paul Laurent was the Chef Patissier and Confectioner for 10 years at the Langham Hotel, London. This is a book dedicated to other professionals. Definitely not something the housewife would browse to find a little table decoration to make for a Saturday evening dinner party. The b/w photographs do not really do justice to this area of gastronomic craftmanship. They still manage to show that when done well, pieces of sugar work can surprise and amaze the uninformed. In the brigades of big professional kitchens, chefs competent and skilled in the difficult art of sugar-pulling and sugar-blowing were/are very rare. Books on sugar-work are rarer still.

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Le Hardy.   William     - A fascinating account of Royal Coronations, Pagentry and Banquet.
THE CORONATION BOOK.
THE HISTORY AND MEANING OF THE CEREMONIES AT THE CROWNING OF THE KING AND QUEEN. by William Le Hardy M.C., B.A., F.S.A. HARDY & RECKITT 3 Stone Buildings, Lincoln's Inn. London W.C.2. 1937.
SOLE EDITION. 250 x 190 mm. Inside cover & opposite fep - Illustrations of ceremonial Swords, Sceptres and Rods. Verso of fep Contents and Illustrations. [1] 2 page each with Photograph of George V1 and Queen Elizabeth in Coronation Robes. [1] Title page. Verso. 7- 10 Introduction. 11 -23 The Officers. 24 - 30 The Processions. 31 - 38 The Regalia. 39 - 51 The Service 52 - 61 The Banquet. Opposite page fep & Inside cover - Illustrations of ceremonial Swords, Sceptres and Rods. There are 11 large Illustrations in total. The others are: George 1V's Proclamation. 1820. The procession of Charles 11 from the Tower. 1661. The procession of Edward V1. 1547. The procession of George 1V to Westminster Abbey. 1821. The Regalia. The Procession of James 11 to Westminster Abbey. 1686. The Crowning of James 11. 1685. Queen Victoria Receiving Holy Communion. The Banquet. The entry of the King's Champion. Full binding of cream coloured cloth with black writing. The duct-wrapper cream coloured thick paper. The front cover with small half stain at the bottom and very slight age browned. ITEM # 2. Enclosed is a folded four page strong paper programme issued by the Reform Club, Pall Mall for the Royal Procession commemoration of the sixtieth year of the Reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria. 22nd June 1897.
- This book is fascinating even if your interest is not culinary. Going as far back as 1547 with the Procession of Edward the 1V, this book provides a large insight into the incredible protocols that have become embedded over the centuries into Royal Pageantry. The attached pamphlet for Queen Victoria's Royal Procession detailing the huge numbers of VIPs, officers of state, institutions, army personnel, Palace Carriages, Landaus, staff, & bands is staggering. Leaving Victoria Embankment at 8.45 am via the Mall & Constitution Hill, the organisation needed to keep the procession up to the absolute standard required, and befitting the Queen's status, demanded that everyone involved responded equally. This was not difficult. Centuries of privilege and position within the Royal circles and because of the strong blue thread running through the fabric of the highest levels of the English aristocracy. The great families and estates, the Knights, Earls and Dukes and the absolute fealty to the Monarchy, handed down from one generation to another, keeping the Royal Crown intact and also those who served it steadfastly. The gastronomic interest is the absorbing chapter 5 in the book. It starts at the end of chapter 4, where we learn that the last great Royal Coronation Banquet at Westminster Hall was the Coronation of William 1V on 26th June 1830. Thereafter the Royal Banquets took place at Buckingham Palace. The coronation banquet highlighted in the book is that held for James 11 1685. (see pic. 5 below and item # 11024 on this site for the original commemoration book, published by Francis Sandford; 1687). We are informed of the astounding amount of dishes consumed, composing of all edible game birds, fowl, meats, fish and shellfish. One small snippet amazes; for 334 guests at the banquet for George 1V, 7000 lb Beef, 20,000 lb of Mutton and 1610 Chickens. that does not include the fish, shellfish and vegetables. To wash it down 920 dozen bottles of wine plus 100 barrels of beer. No wonder a huge fast before such a banquet was 'de rigueur'. This wonderful book will surprise and amaze.

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Lemery.   M. Louis     The very rare first English edition.
A TREATISE OF FOODS In GENERAL:
First, The Difference and Choice which ought to be made of each Sort in parti-cular. Secondly, The Good and Ill Effects produced by them. Thirdly, The Principles wherewith they abound. And, Fourthly, The Time, Age and Constitution they [f]suit with. To which are added, Remarks upon each Chapter; wherein their Nature and U[f]ses are explained, according to the Principles of Chymi[f]siry and Mechani[f]sm. Written in French, By M. LOUIS LEMERY, Regent-Doctor of the Faculty of Phy[f]sick at Paris, and of the Academy Royal of Sciences. Now done into English. LONDON, Printed for John Taylor, at the Ship in St. Pauls-Church-Yard. MDCCIV.
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. 1 fep with provenance - Tomasina Bunyan, dated March 1830. [1] The Appropriation page is mis-bound, it should be bound in after the Title page. [1]. 3p To Monsieur Boudin. [1] 6p The Preface. 6p A Table of Chapters. (1)11-XX Of Foods in General. 1-310. 6 p Index. 2p Advertisements. 1 fep. The text block has been rebound tightly. The pages are evenly age browned with notations & some marginalia in an 18th century hand. Overall a fine copy. Contemporary dark brown panelled calf boards with a re-laid matching modern calf spine with raised bands with a black morocco label with gilt writing and tooling.
- M. Louis Lémery, - 1677–1743, wrote and published the first French edition of ‘Traité des alimens ‘ in 1702. In 1704 this very rare first English edition was translated and printed. Lemery was appointed physician at the Hôtel-Dieu de Paris in 1710, and became demonstrator of chemistry at the Jardin du Roi in 1731. He was also the author of ‘Dissertation sur la nature des os ‘ - 1704, as well as of a number of papers on chemical topics. His father Nicolas Lémery, (November 17, 1645 – June 19, 1715) a chemist, was born at Rouen. He was one of the first to develop theories on acid-base chemistry. Lemery's extremely scarce antiquarian book is also found in facsimile in the Kessinger Publishing's Legacy Reprint Series. They have made it available as part of their commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature. Kessinger Publishing is the place to find hundreds of thousands of facsimiles of rare and hard-to-find books. Bitting p.281; Cagle 821; Maclean p.89; Oxford 1704.

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Lemery.   M. Louis     The very scarce 2nd edition.
A TREATISE OF FOODS In GENERAL:
1. The Difference and Choice which ought to be made of each Sort in particular. 11. The Good and Ill Effects produced by them. 111. The Principles wherewith they abound. And, 1V. The Time, Age and Constitution they [f]suit with. To which are added, Remarks upon each Chapter; wherein their Nature and U[f]ses are explained, according to the Principles of Chymi[f]siry and Mechani[f]sm. Written in French, By M. LOUIS LEMERY, Regent-Doctor of the Faculty of Phy[f]sick at Paris, and of the Academy Royal of Sciences. Now done into English. LONDON, Printed for Andrew Bell, at the Cross Keys and Bible in Cornhill. 1706.
8vo. 1 fep. [1] Sponsors page dated 1703. Title Page. The Appropriation page. 3p To Monsieur Boudin. [1] 6p The Preface. 6p A Table of Chapters. (1)11-XX Of Foods in General. 1-320. 6 p Index. 2p Advertisements. 1 fep. The pages are evenly and very lightly age browned. Overall a very nice copy. Very nice contemporary dark brown two tone paneled calf boards and calf spine with raised bands.
- M. Louis Lémery, - 1677–1743, wrote and published the first French edition of ‘Traité des alimens‘ in 1702. In 1704 the very rare first translated English edition was published. This second English translation of 1706 is equally as scarce to rare. The French editions appear on the market more often, but are still quite scarce. Oxford as usual is perceptive. He states - "It is a very interesting book and full of ancient lore and superstition" as well as having good 18th century information on all sorts of contemporary food items. Rather than the usual rote following of a recipe, this book can be picked up and read more conventionally. Due to its rarity it does not appear in most of the great collections sold in past auctions.

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Liebig Company's.       - A beautiful copy of a scarce booklet.
Practical Cookery Book.
A collection of new and useful recipes in every branch of cookery. Compiled by Mrs H.M. Young. LONDON Leibig's Extract of Meat Company, Limited. 9 FENCHURCH AVENUE, E.C. 1893 (All rights reserved). PRINTED IN GERMANY.
FIRST EDITION. 172 X 113MM. 2p Highly decorated inside front cover and Title page. Verso has an intriguing etching of the Liebig Factory, Frey Bentos, Uruguay. 1-111 Index. iv Advertisement page. v-vii Introduction. viii Preface. 1p Recipes. [1] 1-104. Highly decorated inside back cover. Beautifully decorated and colourful boards sometime expertly relaid. Spine is relaid crimson cloth. Inside very clean with slight foxing on the title page. The guttering has been strenghtened with a light foxing not affecting the text. Overall a very good complete copy of a very scarce company booklet that is rarely found in such good condition.
- The Liebig Extract of Meat Company (Lemco) was the originator of Liebig and Oxo meat extracts and later, Oxo beef stock cubes. Baron Justin von Liebig invented a way to preserve the flavour of meat in the form of an extract. In the 1860's the Baron, known as a very active organic chemist was invited to be a shareholder in a Uruguayan firm to produce a meat extract and transport the liquid in tons to Europe. (with no debris of skin, bones nor meat) The promising lucrative plan appealed to the Baron so the company was established in December 4th 1865 in London. The factory was based at Fray Bentos at Villa Independencia, on the river Uruguay, where fresh air and an unlimited supply of water were an indispensable necessity for the slaughter of 1,500 four year old oxen daily during the seven months of the slaughter season. The company employed about 1000 hands, and with wives and children supported a community of around 3000.

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ref number: 11063