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The Compleat Housewife - E. Smith

1734 - Printed for J. Pemberton, at the Golden Buck - Sixth Edition (First Published in 1727)
A wonderful early edition of Eliza Smith’s best-selling compendium of recipes, home remedies, and medicinal guidance, and featuring six engraved folding plates showing table settings. A great success in London, where it is was originally published in 1727, it later had the distinction of being the first cookery book printed in America, when it was printed and published in Williamsburg, Virginia, by William Parks in 1742.

Created as a household guide for the 18th century urban housewife, Smith’s extensive experience as a cook in various aristocratic houses, in addition to her chiding of the male culinary writers of the period, whom she claimed concealed their best recipes from the public, made her a popular figure amongst her contemporary female audience.
 
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A Treatise on Cyder-Making - Hugh Stafford, Anonymous

1753 - Printed for E. Cave, London - First Edition
Legendary and rare first edition of this anonymous work, all of which is generally but erroneously attributed to Hugh Stafford who contributed the sixteen page ‘Dissertation on Cyder and Cyder-Fruit’ at the beginning.

Covering the entire process from identifying and growing the best cider apples, collection, pressing, fermentation, racking, preserving and remedial action for a variety of issues ‘
which are incident to Cyder’. With fold-out engraving of cider press (opp. p.32), in-text wood-cut diagrams to pages 43 and 68 (‘One side of the framed Press...’.) and wood-cut decorations to pages v, 47, and 61.

As Cyder therefore is generally allowed to be an wholesome drink, and as it is the natural product of our own country, he will surely be thought to contribute something towards the good of the public, who gives infallible directions for making it universally agreeable by varrying it so as to suit every palate, and by improving the flavour and the quality, both of the rough and the smooth, divesting it of its tendency to produce cholics, and giving it the sparkle of Champaign, without an eager and windy fermentation, and rendering it more spirituous than a small wine tho' less inflaming’. [Preface]

An influential work, Benjamin Franklin, who was partial to a drop himself, ordered three copies to be reprinted as pamphlets and distributed amongst the New England farmers after failing with their vineyards. It was plagiarised into various publications including encyclopaedias, cookbooks and later reference works related to cider.
 
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How To Mix Drinks, or The Bon-Vivant’s Companion - Jerry Thomas, Christian Schultz

1864 - Dick & Fitzgerald, New York - Early edition [First published in 1862]
An extremely scarce early edition of the first bartenders' guide to include cocktail recipes. In addition to listings of recipes for Punches, Sours, Slings, Cobblers, Shrubs, Toddies, Flips, and a variety of other types of mixed drinks were 10 recipes for drinks referred to as "Cocktails". A key ingredient which differentiated "cocktails" from other drinks in this compendium was the use of bitters as an ingredient, although it is not used in many modern cocktail recipes.

By the great Professor Jerry Thomas, referred to as ‘The Best Bartender of the Past’ by Harry Craddock in the Savoy Cocktail Book.

Contains 236 recipes by Jerry Thomas and 463 recipes by Schultz, with in text illustration. Publishers advertisements to front and rear and catalogue to rear. One page announcing the publication of ‘
The Bar-Tender's Guide And Bon Vivant’s Companion’ which was the new title used from 1864 onwards. 
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People in China. Thirty-two photographic studies from life - Ellen Thorbecke, Friedrich Schiff (illustrator)

1935 - George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., London - First Edition
A lovely copy, in the scarce original dust jacket. With an introduction by W. J. R. Thorbecke. Illustrated with one colour plate by F. H. Schiff and 32 mounted photographic plates by Ellen Thorbecke.

‘In the 1930's, Dutch photographer Ellen Thorbecke took a series of photos in China with the use of many experimental techniques. Her portraits covered a wide range of people, including an industrialist, a peddler, a student, a country woman, a soldier and so on. Accompanied with every portrait, there was a brief biography about the person. Like her photos, those "micro stories" composed a "macro view" of the Chinese society. While most Westerners were interested in “typical scenes” of China, Thorbecke went beyond producing stock photography by telling the story behind each photo and thus depicting the deeper layer of the Chinese society.’ [Dr. Chong-ho Yu]

Illustrated by Friederich Schiff, an Austrian artist, prolific cartoonist whose work appeared in books, newspapers, magazines and advertisements throughout China and the Far East. They had previously collaborated in 1934 on
Peking Studies and on a similar guide book Shanghai in 1938. 
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The Honours of the Table - John Trusler, John Bewick (illustrator)

1791 - for the author, London - Second Edition
Of all the graceful accomplishments, and of every branch of polite education, it has long been admitted, that a gentleman and a lady never shew themselves to more advantage, than in acquitting themselves well in the honours of their table; that is to say, in serving their guests and treating their friends agreeable to their rank and situation in life.

A scarce copy of this wonderful little work, first published in 1788, in the original marbled paper boards and illustrated with twenty-seven woodcuts by John Bewick, including wood-engraved Trusler coat-of-arms. Bound with the complete 12 page ‘List of Books by the Rev. Dr, Trusler, At the Literary-Press, No. 62, Wardour Street, Soho. 1792’’.

Reverend Trusler was a prolific author whose eclectic output included everything from tips on gardening to commentaries on Hogarth engravings.
 
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The Private Brewer's Guide to the Art of Brewing Ale and Porter, Particularly Adapted to the Use of the Families of the Nobility, Gentry, Farmers, and Private Brewers, with Complete Instructions for Country Victuallers who Brew at Home. Also, An Account of Drugs, Tables of Duties, Laws of Excise, The Art of Sweetening Casks, Instructions for making up Spirits, Purchasing Wines, &c. On a plain and entire new plan. - John Tuck

1822 - W. Simpkin and R. Marshall, London - Second Edition [Published same year as first edition]
A rare, important and oft quoted work, in particular in relation to the history of Porter. This second edition, which was published the same year as the first edition, has been enlarged, revised and additions made.

With tables including one folding [opposite pages 84 and 85].
 
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I am A Camera - with - Cabaret - John Van Druten, John Masteroff

1952 - Random House, New York - First Editions
‘There was a cabaret and there was a master of ceremonies and there was a city called Berlin in a country called Germany–and it was the end of the world and I was dancing with Sally Bowles–and we were both fast asleep...’

In 1951, John Van Druten crafted the award winning Broadway play ‘I Am A Camera’, from Isherwood’s semi-autobiographical short story ‘Goodbye to Berlin’ in which William Prince plays the part of Christopher Isherwood, and Julie Harris plays ‘Sally Bowles’.

The legendary Broadway musical producer Harold Prince acquired the rights to Van Druten’s play and it’s source material by Isherwood, which John Masteroff rewrote for the award winning musical ‘
Cabaret’, first performed on 20th November 1966, and continuously revived, most recently by Sam Mendes in 2013.

Both works contain black and white photographs of the original performances and sets.

‘I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking’. 
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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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