La Gastronomie, Poëme...suivi des Poésies fugitives de l'Auteur.
by BERCHOUX, Joseph de.
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 in spicy sauce; the drunken aftermath of a party interrupted by Vatel, the chef to Louis XIV; and the manufacturer of the "jambon de Mayence" being awarded laurels at a celebratory dinner. Fine and pretty copy of this charming book. Early book ticket of the bookseller Renault of Rouen and the bookplate of Raymond Oliver, chef and owner of Le Grand Véfour restaurant in Paris. The first edition appeared in 1801. ❧ Simon, Bibliotheca Gastronomica, 196. Vicaire, cols. 83-84. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5197)
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