Paris: Capelle et Renand, 1808.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Condition. Item #CAT000312
Contemporary tree calf, a few small wormholes to binding, light wear to spine and hinges, a few surface marks - an attractive binding overall. Frontis and title lightly soiled, small repair to the verso of one plate, one plate and one page with a short closed tear, small tear to another plate - light occasional browning; a very good copy. The 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 and the frontis. 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: CAT000312.