Paris: Capelle et Renand, 1808.
First Edition. Hardcover. Good Condition. Item #CAT000103
Rebound in 1/4 cloth over marbled boards. Early pages worn, light dampstain to the frontis and elsewhere, mostly the latter half of the book including the plates. A well used but survived example of his classic text on hosting - from carving, to menus to how to conduct oneself. Frontispiece showing the mid-air carving that began with Il Trinciante and still persisted. 384pp, 16 plates. Cagle 233, Oberle 135, Bitting 203, Vicaire 427, Simon 805.
Though all of his books were published after the revolution, Grimod de La Reynière's adventures in gastronomy began much earlier. His endless dinner parties (where he locked the guests in his home and sold tickets to spectators) and fake funerals (one for himself), both mocked the huge banquets of the last days of the King and Queen, and presaged a more intimate, individual expression of the gourmet spirit. Size: 8vo (octavo). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Cooking, Wine & Dining; Inventory No: CAT000103.