"PRA-KO-KU" Das grobe Konditorei-Fachbuch der Welt Herausgeber: J.M. Erich Weber, Dresden Mit Rezeptbuch "Ausgesuchte Spezial-Rezepte" und einem Satz von 23 Pausen und 6 Zelluloid-Schablonen Siebente Auflage Der Text dieser Ausgabe in deutscher, englischer, schwedischer, franzosischer und spanischer Sprache (printer's device of illustration of Weber) Internationaler Fachverlag J.M. Erich Weber, Radebeul-Dresden. Printed in Germany
Large 4to. 1923. 7th Edition. Pastedown and endpaper with special printer's design. [1] Half title. Book title in German, English, Swedish, French and Spanish. B/W Photograph of Erich Weber. [1] Title Page. 2p Preface in five languages. 2p Index. 1-108. Recipes in 5 languages on verso with a photograph on the facing page. 2p Advertisements. [1] End-paper and paste-down with special printer's design. With 90 coloured & 186 b/w plates. Also with 23 stencils of cakes & 6 celluloid schablones. Plus a 4to soft paper Recipe book with 37 pages. D/W in good condition with some pieces missing with no loss. Very fresh red cloth boards and spine with gilt writing and device on the boards.
- At the end of the 20th century, Germany started to rise to prominence in the confectionary crafts. Urbain Dubois (a Frenchman) had recently been appointed the Royal Confectioner to the court of Kaiser Willhelm 1. By the 1890’s Germany was wrestling with France to become the arbiter of confectionary design. Johannes Martin Erich Weber’s books started to make an impact. Weber was a Dresden supplier and confectionary school owner, who brought to his manual new recent technical advances in photography and printing. He also had an imaginative approach to marketing. Praktische Konditorei-Kunst was a popular guide for pastry students and chefs who baked goods for the Konditorei, those tearooms and cafés specializing in the pastry arts. Part of the importance of this book lies in its set of cake decoration templates and perforated parchment guides. The original supplements rarely withstood decades of use in professional kitchens. This copy has all of them present. The book and the two supplements are housed in their original thick brown cardboard sleeve, albeit - quite rubbed. The original dust-jacket is present (see 1st photograph below) and the book is in excellent condition overall. A wonderful item that is the legacy of a proud craftsman. It is a testament to the highest standards of bakery, patisserie and cake decoration, etc, of that time.

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