London: Chapman and Hall, 1868.
First Edition. Hardcover (Original Cloth). Very Good Condition. Item #CAT000529
Full green cloth worn at the corners, some spotting. Modest age toning to pages, generally very clean otherwise. December 14, 1867 to November 28, 1868, complete. 620pp & 596pp
Dickens was obsessed with cannibalism - a whole book was written about it (The Night Side of Dickens: Cannibalism, Passion, Necessity) and strands of his obsession run through Great Expectations, Pickwick, A Tale of Two Cities & David Copperfield, where cannibal stories from penny dreadfuls, children talking in cannibalistic terms to each other and cannibal ogres come alive. The November 28 1868 issue of All The Year Round is less oblique, containing a menu of cannibal recipes in the Pastry and an Entremet of Great Merit pieces. Pudding à la Citizen's Wife, English sailor à la maítre d'hôtel, Sea captain au gratin. The November 14 issue contains a relation of the chef Vatel story in a section entitled "Eccentricities of Cooks" where Vatel committed suicide when he believed there would not be enough fish for a feast for Louis XIV. Earlier issues contain the entire first appearance of Wilkie Collins' classic The Moonstone. Size: 4to. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Cooking, Wine & Dining; Literature & Literary. Inventory No: CAT000529.