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The Odd Couple - Neil Simon

1966 - Random House, New York - First edition, first printing
Neil’s successful Broadway play, which premiered in 1965. The plot concerns two mismatched roommates: the neat, uptight Felix Ungar and the slovenly, easygoing Oscar Madison. Walter Matthau starred as Oscar Madison, and went on to play the same part in the film adaptation in 1968 together with Jack Lemmon as Felix.

Simon adapted the play in 1985 to feature a pair of female roommates (Florence Ungar and Olive Madison) in
The Female Odd Couple. In 2002 he wrote an updated version Oscar and Felix: A New Look at the Odd Couple, which was performed on Broadway with Matthew Broderick playing Felix.

In addition to the film and theatre,
The Odd Couple has been the basis of a number of successful sitcoms, notably the ABC sitcoms The Odd Couple (1970-75) and The New Odd Couple (1982-3). A new series of The Odd Couple is scheduled to begin on CBS in September 2014 starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon. 
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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 classic compendium of recipes, home remedies, and medicinal guidance, and featuring six engraved folding plates showing table settings. A best selling cook book in London, where 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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Exile. The Making of Exile on Main St. - SIGNED - Dominique Tarlé, Keith Richards (foreword)

2001 - Genesis Publications, Guildford - Limited Edition, Number 1233 of 2000 copies
Exile documents one blissful six-month stint in the South of France with the Rolling Stones… bound to become a coffee table essential for the rich and fabulous’ – Vogue

The large and lavish photo-documentary of Keith’s residency at Villa Nellcote over the Summer of 1971 where the Stones recorded their legendary double-album
Exile on Main St. in the basement, with an exceptional collection of previously unpublished images by acclaimed French rock photographer Dominique Tarlé, and signed by him. They rank amongst the finest and most revealing ever taken of the Rolling Stones or any rock band. Remarkably, as a body of work the photographs remained unpublished for over thirty years.

‘Exactly 30 years after the Stones' stay at the villa Nellcôte a book of photos is being published – symbolically called
Exile – which narrates this episode with exceptional beauty, snatched poses, fleeting moments. It is an accurate, elegant X-ray into the deep heart of the legend’ – La Repubblica 
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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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SOLD - The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book - Alice B. Toklas, Sir Francis Rose (illustrator)

1954 - Michael Joseph, London - First Edition
A rich mixture of cookery, anecdote and reminiscence, evoking Paris and meals prepared for and shared with famous friends of Alice Toklas and her partner Gertrude Stein. Chapters such as ‘Dishes for Artists’, ‘Murder in the Kitchen’, and ‘Food in the Bugey During the Occupation’ only provide a glimpse of what lies within one of the best selling cookbooks of all time.

One particular recipe which makes this edition more desirable than the American of the same year, is its inclusion of Brian Gysen’s recipe for Haschich Fudge...

A fine copy in the scarce original dust jacket designed by Sir Francis Rose whose elegant line drawings can be found throughout.
 
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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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