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Le Bon Bock - Various

1886 to 1906 - Privately Printed by Glyptographie Silvestre [1886-91] and then by E. Bernard [1892-1906] , Paris
An incredibly rare collection of nearly 300 original illustrated letterpress dinner invitations from Le Bon Bock society, whose soirees on the second Tuesday of each month in near Montmartre were frequented by Paris’ most flamboyant and original writers and artists of the La Belle Époque.

The artists competed to have their work used for the next invitation, and together with their work each invitation provides an account of the previous dinners activities, beginning with opening speeches, notices and announcements, and then other activities, which usually include poems, prose, texts, songs, instrumental pieces.

The invitations are dated from April 7th 1886 to October 5th 1906, with the first thirty or so addressed to Monsieur Régnier, one of the founders of the association. Individually rare, a collection of this size and association provides one of the most important associations of the Belle Époque in Paris.

Inspired by Edouard Manet’s painting
Le Bon Bock (The Good Pint), and the democratic, nationalistic ideals that it symbolised, Emile Bellot (the printmaker and model for Manet’s beer drinker) established the Bon Bock Society in 1875. Consisting mainly of artists, writers and performers, the society sought to re-define France’s national spirit by delving into the country’s cultural past. The inseparable ideals of freedom and humour within their community created opportunities for artistic experimentation; the Bon Bockers and their carefree attitude would go on to inspire generations of Montmartre natives for years to come. 
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A Vanished World - Signed - Roman Vishniac, Elie Wiesel

1983 - Farrar, New York - First Edition
One picture is worth a thousand words – or is it? In most cases, I would say: no, a poet’s word is worth at least a thousand pictures. But then I would have to admit that Roman Vishniac is a special case.

This astonishing man’s eyes seem to pierce our memory, to sift its shadows. We are afraid to follow him, but we do, even so. Who can resist the lure of the past?
’ – Elie Wiesel, from the foreword.

A fine first edition, signed with a large flourish to the front ‘
Roman / Edith Vishniac 1985’ Produced for the exhibition of the same name, in large format with 180 photographs, many of which had never been published before. 
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Antiquitates Culinariae - Rev. Richard Warner

1791 - Printed for R. Blamire, London - First Edition
First edition of ‘one of the first signs of scholarship being applied to the history of early English cookery, a development which occurred in the last three decades of the Eighteenth century’ [Maclean].

Illustrated with an engraved title-page, the magnificent double-page terracotta aquatint plate of '
A Peacock Feast', a single-page terracotta aquatint plate of 'A Saxon Entertainment', and an engraved tailpiece on page lvii.

The double-page plate present here was removed from unsold copies after Warner lost the case to Carter over copyright infringement [Maclean].
 
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Price HK$ 3,200



SOLD - Wine in Peace and War - Evelyn Waugh, Rex Whistler (illustrator)

1947 - Saccone & Speed Limited, London - First Trade Edition [Preceded by limited edition of 100 copies]
‘Waugh loved wine. On his deathbed, he declared that his only regret in life was that he hadn't drunk more good Champagne.’

With colour illustrations by Rex Whistler. Published by the London wine merchants Saccone & Speed. In the original brown paper dust jacket which really is only there to protect the book, as it look so much nicer once removed, but in this case we must thank it for keeping this copy’s wonderfully illustrated covers in particularly nice condition.

‘a small quantity of wine is invariably poured first into the host's glass for him to taste . . . . If the host is so barbarous as to taste and accept a corky wine, all that the guest can do is to refrain from drinking it and never come to that table again’ 
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Price HK$ 2,500



 
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