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The Book of Household Management - Isabella Beeton

Circa 1873 - Ward, London - Entirely New Edition, Revised and Corrected. 207th thousand
This book has more wisdom to the square inch than any work of man’ - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

An early edition with a fine and clean interior, containing over 1,100 pages of recipes, culinary advice, and household hints, a total of 2,882 entries including approximately 2,000 recipes, illustrated with twelve full page colour lithographic plates, and numerous black and white full page and in-text woodcut illustrations.

Mrs Beeton’s incomparable
The Book of Household Management was one of the earliest cookery books to use coloured illustrations. A truly important English work, and one of the most successful cookbooks of all time. 
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The Book Of Household Management - Isabella Beeton

1895 - Ward, London - Entirely New Edition, Revised, Corrected, and Greatly Enlarged. 600th thousand.
This book has more wisdom to the square inch than any work of man’ - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

An early edition, in the publisher’s original binding, clean interior, containing over 1,600 pages of recipes, culinary advice, and household hints, a total of 3,737 entries including 2,974 recipes, illustrated with thirteen full page colour chromolithographic plates (two of which are folding), and numerous black and white illustrations both full page and in-text.

Mrs Beeton’s incomparable
The Book of Household Management was one of the earliest cookery books to use coloured illustrations. A truly important English work, and one of the most successful cookbooks of all time. 
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Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management - Isabella Beeton

1906 - Ward, London - New Edition, Revised, Enlarged, Brought up to Date, and Fully Illustrated
‘This book has more wisdom to the square inch than any work of man’ - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The largest edition of this truly important English work, and one of the most successful cookbooks of all time, in a contemporary binding. First published in 1861, by 1906 the size of this already substantial volume had more than tripled, to contain 3,945 recipes, 368 pages of culinary advice and household directions, all profusely illustrated with thirty full page colour plates (two of which are folding), and 111 full page black and white photographic plates.

In case you needed even more recipes, there are charming contemporary hand-written recipes at the front and rear such as ‘Coburg Pudding’, ‘Seville Orange Marmalade’,’Veal Gateau’, ‘Almond Tartlets’, ‘Cumberland Pudding, and ‘Madelines’.
 
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La Vigne - Voyage Autour des Vins de France - L. Bertall [Charles Albert d'Arnoux]

1878 - E. Plon et Cie., Paris - First Edition
A superb example of this magnificently illustrated wine book landmark, text in French, with numerous humorous anecdotes about winemakers, merchants, innkeepers...

Black and white frontispiece, 94 full page captioned plates and close to 400 in-text wood-engraved illustrations.

The a vast array of illustrations by Bertall are combined with an interesting potpourri of French viniana. For example, wines are divided into three big categories: white wines, red wines and blue wines, matching the French national colours. The whites are generally luxury wines, from Chablis and Saumur to Champagne and Sauterne - wines of the rich. Red wines are for general use and for tasting, they make glad the heart and the mind, etc. Blue wines are the wines of the workers and of those who prefer not to work, wines warm in the gut but hard on the gullet, good for vitality in moderation, but bad when taken to excess [pages 23-24].
 
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1870 - Féret, Bordeaux - Second Edition revised and enlarged
A finely bound revised and enlarged second edition, the text in French, profusely illustrated with four engraved frontispieces and twenty full-page engravings of people in various social “wine” situations related to the text. The engravings are after designs by Pauquet.

‘Biarnez takes us on a poetic tour of the Médoc, in French, singing the praises of the classified growths (pages 17-93) and ends with a paean to the white wines of Bordeaux (pages 97-123) and the effect they have on the imbiber: “
C'est une ivresse sainte, un sublime délire, Et, parmi tous les vins, notre vin seul l'inspire!. To the rear is Dr. Arthaud’s 51 page essay ‘De L’influence du vin sur la civilisation’.

Published 20 years after the first, this edition adds further lines to the verses, an enlarged preface, and includes an additional engraved frontispiece, and the original engraved plate from the first edition. The ‘hanging plate’ opposite page 73 has been replaced with the man being led to the gallows, perhaps readers had complained that it spoilt their enjoyment of a decent glass of claret.
 
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A Practical Treatise on Brewing - William Black

1844 - Longman, London - Third Edition, ‘Much Enlarged and Improved’
A near fine, and unopened copy, of this important and popular treatise, first published in 1835

Folding plate ‘
Delineation of the New Improved Saccharometer’ to the rear.

The
Spectator in it’s review notes that this is ‘A new edition of a book we formerly noticed as a useful and original-minded treatise. The additional matter has been revised by Professor Graham, of the London University.’

Perhaps the most well known historical Scottish brewing firm was that of William Black & Company of Aberdeen believed to have been established in 1803, and his ‘Devanha Brewery’ used the former Paper Mills by the Wellington Suspension Bridge in Aberdeen. Black’s Devanha Porter - a dark beer resembling stout - became famous throughout the UK, the Brewery being conveniently close to the railway halt at the Cattle Bank. The firm itself was laterally acquired in 1819 to become the Gilcomston Brewery and again by the Devanha Brewery Company Limited, registered as a limited liability company in 1910. Brewing finally ceased in 1930 after the firm was acquired by Thomas Usher & Son Ltd. of Edinburgh. William Black & Co. also ran the Devanha Distillery, built about a mile upstream from the Brewery in 1825. [Durden Park Beer Circle / The Doric Columns].
 
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Julens Tolv Dage - Doreen and Lars Bo

1953 - O.C. Olsen & Co, Denmark
One of 850 copies privately printed for Doreen and Lars Bo to give to friends.

A fine copy, of this personal interpretation in Danish of the traditional carol ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, written and beautifully illustrated by renowned Danish artist and illustrator Lars Bo, with gilt illustrated blue paper wrappers, and inscribed from Doreen and Lars Bo to their friends the equally renowned illustrator Ronald Searle and his wife, the journalist and publisher Kaye Webb.
 
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Un art de France : Le Savoir-Boire - Claude Bonvin (pseud. Émile Vuillermoz)

1948 - La Tartane, Marseille et Paris - Number 178 of 450 copies printed on papier vélin blanc des papeteries du Marais
An interesting gastronomic dissertation on the great wines of France and their enjoyment, written in the form of a series of letters from an American in Paris, ‘Jim Swanson’, to his wife Dorothy Swanson in Louisville, Kentucky. With text in French.

Composed by Émile Vuillermoz (1883-1960), writing under the pseudonym Claude Bonvin. Vuillermoz was member of the ‘Club des Cent’ a tight night and highly respected club of distinguished gastronomes.
 
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