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The Art of Distillation... to which is added, The London-Distiller - John French

1653 - Printed by E. Cotes, London - Second Edition, with First Edition of London-Distiller
There is a glut of chemical books, but a scarcity of chemical truths

A rare example of one of the earliest English works on distillation, in the original boards, sheets loose, all housed in a custom made leather clamshell case and matching marbled card chemise.

Complete with 42 woodcut illustrations showing various methods of distilling, and the apparatus for re-distillation, as well as decorated Initials and headpieces. This second edition was published together with the first appearance of French’s new work ‘
The London Distiller’ which provides sections with recipes and calculations for various specific spirits and medicinal waters, complete with 1 woodcut.

‘In addition to much practical information on furnaces and preparations the work contains a number of curious recipes’ [Gabler].

Compiled by French, the Oxford educated Doctor of Physic, who had earlier translated Glauber’s
Furni, Novi Philosophici, considered by many to be the most important chemical treatise of the 17th century. 
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Architectura Navalis - bound with - Architectura Civilis, Nova & Antiqua - Josephum Furttenbach, Georg Andreas B

1629 - Johan Saurn, Ulm - First Editions
A stunning, clean and complete copy of Joseph Furttenbach’s famous treaty on shipbuilding, Architectura Navalis with double-page engraved title, title in red and black, twenty stunning double-page engraved plates showing boat design, and various types of boats many engaged in action with other boats and monsters of the sea. Furttenbach was a highly influential German architect, who attempted to cover all fields of architecture in his writings. Böckler corresponded with Furttenbach and his works on architecture were intended to contribute to the rebuilding of Germany after the devastation of the Thirty Years War, his Architectura Civilis, Nova & Antiqua presents a comparative treatment of the Orders [Architectural Styles] and is illustrated with forty engraved plates, woodcut printer’s device and red and black text to title page, woodcut head pieces, and initials.  
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The National Cookery Book - Mrs. Elizabeth D. Gillespie

1876 - Women's Centennial Executive Committee, Philadelphia - First Edition
A superb first edition of America's first "National Cookbook", covering 37 states & territories, with 950 recipes, in 27 chapters.

Chapters include all-American recipes for meals and dishes like Florida Charlotte Russe, Wisconsin Breakfast Eggs, Hominy Pancakes, Open Air Cooking (first published recipe for a clam bake), Seven Receipts from an Oneida Squaw, Indian Corn, Turkey with Plum Pudding Stuffing, Crimslech for Passover, Kichlers for Purim Night, Indian Bread with Buttermilk, St. Charles Corn Bread, etc.

National Women's Day was the 7th Nov 1876 - election day of that year and the Women's Centennial Committee raised $126,000 from the cookbook.
 
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The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy - Hannah Glasse

1765 - A. Millar, London - Ninth Edition
An early edition of this classic 18th century cookbook, which ‘revolutionised the way the British cook’.

‘She's the first domestic goddess, the queen of the dinner party and the most important cookery writer to know about. No, not Isabella Beeton; not Delia Smith nor Nigella Lawson, but an earlier incarnation of a kitchen trouble-shooter, Hannah Glasse’ - Rose Prince,
The Independent (2006).

The Art of Cookery has a River Cafe Cookbook quality - in fact her excessive use of butter, which can have a lovely clear flavour, can be likened to the liberal dribbling of olive oil in Rogers' and Gray's recipes. The power of the book, though, is the clarity of the writing. She's authoritative but she is also intimate, treating you as an equal’ – Bee Wilson (food journalist and author). 
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Things that Happen. Published in the Interests of Good Health & Good Cheer. - Charles Grave & other Well-known Artists

1926 - WorthingtonFirst Edition
‘If you do miss the Boat race, the race for Worthington is worth winning!’

27 full page amusing advertisements and other cartoons for Worthington Beer. Covering many topics including golf, skiing, driving, football, swimming and rowing, and how they can be remedied with Worthington.

Note this is the scarce original edition, in tanned illustrated wrappers, not the facsimile edition produced by Bass Brewery in 1977.

[27x18.7 cm]
 
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The Table: A Monthly Publication Devoted to the Refinements of the Table - January, February, March, April, May, June, July, and August. - Barry Gray (editor)

1873 - M. Doolady, New York - First Editions
All eight months of this short lived publication, ‘dedicated to an upscale audience, the magazine promised attention to the “art of good living” and published articles on public banquets and social breakfasts’. Extremely rare, and bound in their original paper wrappers. 
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1952 - Crown Publishers, New York - First Edition
A rare first edition in unfaded dust jacket. The first novel by Harry Grey (Herschel Goldberg) later to become Sergio Leone’s epic ‘Once Upon a Time in America’ (1984) starring Robert DeNiro loosely playing Harry's life as David ‘Noodles’ Aaronson.

A partly autobiographical account of Goldberg, a Ukrainian born Jewish gangster in New York's Lower East Side between 1910 and 1933, legend has it that this was written whilst incarcerated in the notorious Sing-Sing prison, using the pseudonym Harry Grey to protect his family.

Housed in a bespoke black clamshell case with red morocco spine label lettered in gilt.
 
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Is She a Lady? A Problem in Autobiography - Nina Hamnett

1955 - Allan Windgate, London - First Edition
A rare dust jacketed first edition of Nina Hamnett’s second autobiographical work, the first being ‘A Laughing Torso’ [1933], and published only a year before her death.

Although more famous as the ‘Queen of Bohemia’ in Paris and written about first and foremost as a subject for the art of others (from Henri Gaudier-Brzeska to Roger Fry to Walter Sickert, ), she was a well trained and versatile artist in her own right and one of few emerging female artists of the first half of the 20th century.

‘Reading her story as a tale of the emergence of a young woman into the modern art world, her writing – breathless as it can be – creates a pithy, vivid and often amusing picture of what it felt like to throw off the constraints of the Edwardian lady and reinvent yourself as an artist’ - Alicia Foster, Art UK.

Illustrated with seven photographs and six reproductions of her drawings, including one of Anthony Powell from 1927.

Beginning in 1926, Nina Hamnett ‘
proceeds to unleash a reckless Niagara of hilarious anecdotes and preposterous incidents of the vintage Bohemian life of London and Paris in the late twenties and early thirties. This was a world of pubs and clubs and parties, of painters, patrons, poets, boxers and tarts, of champagne drunk with the rich, quiet visits to the pawnshop and studio free-for-alls...’ 
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