· La CoruÃ±a
Best-selling early 20th-century manual of classic Spanish cookery, written by a larger-than-life lawyer, politician, and culinary writer known for his sense of humor as well as for his championship of traditional Spanish cuisine, particularly Galician. The recipes are given in narrative format, and include a => recipe-poem written in Picadillo's honor. This is the sixth edition, corrected and enlarged, following the first of 1905.
Provenance: Half-title with author's personal rubber-stamp: "Manuel M.a Puga, La Coruña"; also with La Coruña bookseller's stamp. 20th-century half pebbled blue cloth with blue marbled paper sides, spine with gilt-stamped title-label; moderate rubbing overall, joints showing old refurbishment, back hinge (inside) cracked and reinforced some time ago with cloth tape. Personal and bookseller rubber-stamps as above. Half-title taped in between pp. xiv and xv; one leaf with old cellophane tape repair now browned, four leaves with old drop-stain of something light in upper portion, some corners creased, back free endpaper with corners chipped. A number of recipes are marked "ojo" in pencil, with other scattered small pencil or ink marks throughout. => A read and appreciated association copy, not showing any significant evidence of kitchen use. (Inventory #: 36416)