Rabelais is always serving up fine books about food, drink, farming and gardening. We carry a sizable stock of rare and out-of-print culinary books, alongside prints, photographs and ephemera, all concerned with the pleasure of the senses. Rabelais also serves those inclined towards thirst. We have books on first growth wines and home beer brewing, cocktail culture and saloon society.
Our shop, in an historic mill in Biddeford, Maine, contains six centuries of fine books on gastronomy. We maintain significant collections of books and ephemera on related fields, including menus, cocktails, distilling, beer and brewing, wild foods and mushroom foraging, cheesemaking and more.
We work with private collectors and institutions to develop collections in fields related to cookery, and appraise individual items and collections for estate, insurance and donation purposes. In addition, we place culinary archives of significance with appropriate institutions.
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; Akahori, Minekichi; [Fujokai-sha (Women's World)]; S zai ry ri ghyakushu. [trans: Fifteen Kinds of Prepared Dishes]; Tokyo : , ; Fujokai-sha Ltd , 1936 (click for more details)
de Pomiane, Edouard; [Giroux, André (illustrator)]Vingt Plats qui Donnent la Goutte (Unice ad usum Medicorum), conseillés par la Pipérazine Midy, l'anti-urique typeParis : Editions Paul-Martial pour la Pipérazine Midy , 1935 (click for more details)
[Lupton, Ellen (written and designed by); Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography; Ivan Chermayeff]Ivan Chermayeff. A Pedagogical Scrapbook about the work of Ivan ChermayeffNew York, NY : Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art , 1989 (click for more details)
Catalogue Ten: 2018 Boston Book Fair Catalogue Our list for the 2018 Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair. Highlights include a very rare Dublin printing of the first edition of Susannah Carter's influential Frugal House-wife [circa 1765-68], a set of three photographs of 19th century street food vendors in Athens and Constantinople, a watercolor-illustrated Japanese Wagashi sweets manual, a presentation copy of the earliest known Iraqi cookbook to appear in English, an early and superb Julia Child letter, culinary manuscripts, gastronomic ephemera, and spirited cocktail manuals.
Catalogue Seven: Rabelais’ 10th Anniversary With this, our seventh full-length catalogue, we celebrate the tenth anniversary of Rabelais. In November of 2006, Samantha and I passed a ‘For Rent’ sign in a Portland shop window, spent lunch sketching a business plan on a napkin and, just a few months later in the Spring of 2007 opened Rabelais.