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The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy - Hannah Glasse

1763 - A. Millar, London - Eighth Edition
A finely bound 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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The Kingdom of Swing - Signed - Benny Goodman, Irving Kolodin

1939 - Stackpole Sons, New York - First Edition
Signed by Goodman on the frontispiece portrait, a nice example in the scarce and rather delicate dust jacket.

‘”
The Kingdom of Swing," written in collaboration with Irving Kolodin, might be called "From Rags to Riches." It's the narrative of a boy who learned to play clarinet in a synagogue music class for "maybe a quarter a lesson," and who has risen, by way of jazz, to an eminence where he earns maybe a quarter a note for playing the instrument as leader of one of the most famous of all dance bands. "The Kingdom of Swing" is a success story, but it's more than a chronicle of afflatus and affluence. It "sets" swing music in a clear perspective, explains it, gives out, as swingumbobs have it, with solid stuff about an important musical influence.’ – taken from a 1939 review by Robert A. Simon, music critic for The New Yorker.

With five full page black and white photographic illustrations.

My memory of those early days is hazier than that of most kids, because we moved around a lot. But I can remember a time when we lived in a basement without heat during the winter, and a couple of times when there wasn't anything to eat. I don't mean much to eat. I mean anything. That isn't an experience you forget in a hurry. I haven't ever forgotten it. 
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Anglo-Indian Cuisine (Khána Kitâb) and Domestic Cookery - Constance E. Gordon

1913 - Thacker, Calcutta and Simla - Second Edition
A rare second edition of this important little book, with added recipes, market lists etc. making it double the size of the 1904 edition.

Including instructions and menus, such as ‘
Bazaar for two persons for a day’, ‘Tiffin and Breakfast Dishes’, and ‘Market Price Lists’ for Bombay, Poona and Calcutta, ‘Glossary of Indian Terms’; as well as a wages table and information on ‘Wages and Work of Principal Servants’. And more...

‘The memsahib who has just attained wedded bliss, and realises that after the honeymoon is over mundane matters and the cook have to be faced, has half the battle won if she is armed with a copy of Constance Eve Gordon’s ‘Khána Kitâb’” – Major Max,
Capital of Calcutta.

Anabel Loyd in her book ‘
Picnic Crumbs’ comments that ‘The picnic as an entertainment in Anglo-Indian circles was not expected to be a simple affair. In 1904, Constance E. Gordon, while strongly advocating the excellence of ‘Savoury Sandwiches’ at teatime, does not, according to her list for a picnic for twelve, consider them suitable food for an alfresco entertainment where the Butler is required to ‘make a nice French Salad to go round with the Cold Meats’. Her menu is well though out and perhaps not of excessive quantity for the tie although 6lbs of cold beef besides ham, turkey, ox-tongue, pigeon pie and soused pomfrets would certainly be heavy on the protein for contemporary taste.’ 
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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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A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (A.D. 1450-1889) - George Grove (editor)

1899 - The Macmillan & Co., London
An early edition of Grove's monumental biographical dictionary in four magnificent volumes. Remains by far the most comprehensive compilation of it’s kind. [OCEL] 
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Almanach du Masque d'Or - Edouard Halouze (illustrator)

1920 - chez Devambez, 23 - Premiere Année
A lovely copy of this delightful Almanach. A stunning example of beauty, finesse and luxury from the Art-Deco period. Only 1000 copies were printed and this is numbered 68. The hand-coloured illustrations are by Edouard Halouze and include four plates of the seasons as well as 17 full page plates which decorate the ‘Petit Guide de la Vie Elégante’ presented in the form of a collection of advertisements for the Moulin Bleu, Cartier, Prunier, Gaveau, les couturiers Raimon et Martial & Armand, etc. Suitably housed in a one of a kind, hand-tooled case by Bayntun-Riviere. 
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Grape Culture, Wines, and Wine-Making - Agoston Haraszthy

1862 - Harper & Brothers, New York - First Edition
The rare first edition of this essential work by the ‘father’ of California viticulture, a Hungarian nobleman who pioneered the finer vintages of California and was described as ‘a vade-mecum for success: brilliant, energetic, imaginative, personable and with a nose for money’. Clean and bright copy in the original cloth binding, with woodcut frontispiece of the author's home (Buena Vista Ranche, Sonoma County, California), and numerous woodcut illustrations throughout.

The object of Haraszthy’s trip through ‘
parts of France, the Netherlands, Holland, Rhenish, Prussia, Bavaria, Nassau, Baden, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and England’, was to examine the different varieties of grapes and the methods of making wine in the wine growing countries of Europe. It was sanctioned by Californian Governor J.G. Downey.

‘Aside from its historical value as a reference on 19th century European methods of viticulture and wine making, Haraszthy’s descriptions of the wines he drank, the towns he visited, the countryside through which he travelled and anecdotes of the people he met make for entertaining reading.’ - Gabler,
Wine into Words.

Putting all this in perspective, the California Gold Rush had just taken place, and as Haraszthy points out whilst traveling through Europe – ‘
The Emperor Napoleon is at this moment in the bathing-place of Biarritz, about twenty minutes drive from here’. 
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