1848 · Paris
by Brillat-Savarin, Jean Anthelme
Paris: Gabriel de Gonet, 1848. Hardcover. Green half morocco, marbled boards. Good. 416 pages. 24 x 16 cm. This time-honored gastronomic classic is less a discourse on cuisine or culinary arts and more an entertaining analysis of casual conversation and doctrines, observations and anecdotes of every kind that may complement the pleasures of the table. Brillat-Savarin, the man who gave us the expression - "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are" - was already an old man when he published (1825), at his own expense for an audience of friends, the one book for which he would be remembered. During his lifetime, he had been neither a man of letters nor a cook, as is often thought, but a provincial lawyer who rose to become a judge of the appeals court in Paris. He died at seventy a few months after the publication of his masterpiece. Eight artfully illustrated steel engraved plates of culinary tableaus. Text in French. Covers rubbed. Frontispiece missing, closed tear on title page with tape applied, page 103 torn with some loss to text.
(Inventory #: 2155)