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The Theory and Practice of Brewing - SIGNED - Michael Combrune

1762 - Printed by J. Haberkorn, London - First Edition
‘The most pivotal book in brewing!’ - For the longest time, brewing was considered an Art, and a brewer was considered an Artisan. In 1762, Michael Combrune changed the brewing world forever, by publishing The Theory and Practice of Brewing, a book which treated brewing as a Science and not just an Art. Combrune, a professional brewer at the time, was the first person to perceive and document brewing as a science. The Theory and Practice of Brewing is Combrune's theories on brewing and the practical application of these theories applied to brewing beers of the time. Nothing like this book had ever been published.’ - Raudins Publishing.

Signed by Combrune, and although the title verso states "
This Book is entered at Stationers Hall, and every Copy is signed by the Author", the majority seem not to have been signed.

In 1821, on being asked for the recipe for his ale, Thomas Jefferson replied
‘I have no reciept [sic] for brewing, and I much doubt the operations of malting and brewing could be successfully performed from a reciept. If it could, Combrune's book on the subject would teach the best processes: and perhaps might guide to ultimate success with the sacrifice of 2. or 3. trials. . . . We are now finishing our spring brewing. If you have a capable servt. and he were to attend our fall brewing, so as to get an idea of the manual operation, Combrune's book with a little of your own attention in the beginning might qualify him.’ 
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Blinds & Shutters - Signed by Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman and others. - Michael Cooper

1990 - Genesis Publications, Guildford - Limited Edition, Number 1741 of 5000 copies
‘The most stupendous rock and roll picture book ever assembled' – USA Today

A fine example of this unique and stunningly presented documentary of the ‘Swinging Sixties’, featuring the images of its star photographer Michael Cooper interspersed with written contributions from those deeply entrenched. There are forewords by both Mick Jagger and by Keith Richards, and an introduction by Terry Southern (close friend of Michael Cooper, part of the 60’s ‘Jet Set’ salon that included The Beatles, the Stones), cult author and screenwriter (Dr. Strangelove, Easy Rider, Barbarella...).

This lavish production was conceived by Bill Wyman, who signed each copy, this copy is also signed by contributors Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Richard’s long-term partner Anita Pallenberg, Sandy Lieberson (film producer and the 1960’s US agent for the Rolling Stones), Christopher Gibbs (the influential figure in 1960’s men's fashion, credited with inventing ‘Swinging London’, first man to wear flares, close friend of the Stones, antiques dealer and has been called the "King of Chelsea"), Peter Blake (Artist, graphic work and cover design for
Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band), Terry Doran (close friend of Brian Epstein and The Beatles, and first head of Apple Music publishing), Michael Cooper’s son Adam Cooper, and Artists Allen Jones and Colin Self.

Michael Cooper (1941-73) was considered to be the best photographer in London at the time, who captured some of the most iconic photographs of The Rolling Stones as well as other leading musicians including The Beatles, Eric Clapton and Marianne Faithfull. Cooper was one of the few people who had both a professional and personal relationship with the Beatles and the Stones at the same time. He was the photographer who worked with Peter Blake on the 1967
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band cover and later worked on the cover photograph for the Rolling Stones 1967 LP Their Satanic Majesties Request. Cooper was deeply rooted in the art and music scene in London at the time so his involvement with drugs was almost inevitable, he committed suicide in 1973, and in his suicide note to his son Adam Cooper are the lines -

Don't believe the court when they say that I killed myself when the balance of my mind was disturbed. I just live in a disturbed world, and, as the old poem says, "I hear the sound of a different drum."... I come from what your generation will call the 'Half and Halves'. A generation that made a few changes, but had to experience too many other kinds of changes they had no control over, so some of us were bound to fall by the wayside. I'm one of those.’ 
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Old Waldorf Bar Days - Albert Stevens Crockett

1931 - Aventine Press, New York - First Edition
‘If you knew your Fifth Avenue and your caviar…
you would know that when I speak of the greatest and most famous exponent of the American School of Drinking,
I can mean no other place than, the old Waldorf Bar.’

A scarce fine first edition of Crockett’s colourful history of the Waldorf Bar and accompanying drink manual. One of the most quoted sources of cocktail recipes. Illustrated throughout by Leighton Budd.

Crockett’s lively anecdotal history, including the antics of Buffalo Bill Cody and Bat Masterson, among others who were regulars at the bar, is accompanied by his manual of cocktails, which he ‘arranged alphabetically, and in two classes. The cocktails have been set down in one list and the others, which might be classed as ‘beverages,’ have been termed ‘Fancy Potations and Otherwise’.
 
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The Wines of Gala - Salvador Dali

1978 - Harry N. Abrams, New York - First Edition
‘Dalí's predictably eccentric follow-up to his absurdist cookbook Les Dîners de Gala... the modern wine bible we never knew we needed’

‘It’s the second section, “
Ten Gala Wines,” that hits the home run, blowing minds in the way Dalí masterpieces like “The Persistence of Memory” do. Writer Louis Orizet (a viticulturist and politician in Beaujolais), with help from Georges Duboeuf (a driving force behind the marketing campaign for Beaujolais Nouveau), sets out to explode wine criticism by categorizing wines by their emotional resonance, rather than prosaic features like geography or varietal. In his introduction to the section, Orizet lays bare his mission statement: to “organize wines according to the sensations they create in our very depths.”’

- Regan Hofmann,
Punch Drink, 2015.

Profusely illustrated throughout, with many full page colour plates of Dali's signature surrealistic paintings and drawings, as well as his doctored versions of 15th century miniatures and 19th century Academic works.
 
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Les Diners de Gala - Salvador Dali

1973 - Felicie, New York - First Edition
‘an overflowing ode to sipping, nipping and swallowing, a delightfully erotic take on supper time’ – Huffington Post

A delectable copy of Surrealist master artist Salvador Dali’s only cookbook, inspired by and dedicated to his wife and muse, Gala Dali.

Dali’s idiosyncratic foray into gastronomy features 12 unique lithographs depicting Dali’s favourite meals, together with 136 lushly illustrated recipes (55 of them in colour) each one as evocative and strange as his paintings, and ranging from the reassuringly edible (vintage Champagne sorbet) to eccentric aphrodisiacs (crayfish in ‘Viking’ herbs)...

Several of the recipes were prepared by leading French
cuisiniers of the 1970s, including Lasserre, La Tour d’Argent, Maxim’s, and Le Buffet de la Gare de Lyon. 
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Les Grand Crus Bordelais - Alfred Danflou

1867 - Librairie Goudin & Typ. Au. Lavertujon, Bordeaux - First Edition in this format (a smaller work was published in 1866 with only 19 photographs of the 1st and 2nd growths)
A rare and remarkable work on Bordeaux, in beautiful condition, two volumes bond in one, containing fifty-five early photographs of the great Châteaux of Bordeaux, with their history, vintages and other contributions, in French.

Of superb quality, the plates of the Châteaux include Lafite, Latour, Mouton, all accompanied by a history and contemporary description of the Châteaux and wine vintages. With a long and interesting commentary on the classifications of first and second Crû, strongly in favour of reclassifying to Premier Cru, Branne-Mouton (purchased and renamed Mouton-Rothschild in 1853 by Baron Rothschild but herein referred to by it’s former name), for which they would have to wait a further century until 1973, and referring to both the 1855 Exposition Universelle de Paris, and London’s Great Exhibition in 1851. There are additional chapters on ‘La Système Féodal Appliqué Aux Vins du Médoc’ and ‘Les Grand Vins de Saint-Émilion’.

A truly important and visually imposing work on Bordeaux and a vital part of any wine book or photographic collection.
 
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A Date With A Dish: A Cook Book of American Negro Recipes - INSCRIBED - Freda De Knight

1948 - Hermitage Press, New York - First Edition
'There has long been a need for a non-regional cook book that would contain recipes, menus, and cooking hints from and by Negroes all over America.'

Freda De Knight's classic collection of African-American recipes, with her warm inscription, '
Yours for good eating - Freda C De Knight'. Scarce in such fine condition combined with the inscription.

With a foreword by Gertrude Blair, and cartoon-style drawings by S. Lodico.
 
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Almanach des gourmands, ou calendrier nutrif, servant de guide dans les moyens de faire excellente chere... - Alexandre Balthazar Laurent Grimod de la Reynière

1803 to 1808 - Imprimerie de Cellot, Paris - Volume I & II, second editions, III-VI first editions.
The first six years of the world’s first serially published food journal by the first public critic of cooking and the first reviewer of the ambitious restaurants that cropped up in Paris in the later eighteenth century and flowered under the Napoleonic regime. Grimod’s name is a by-word on a par with Brillat-Savarin and an equally rich source of quotations in French gastronomic literature through the eight volumes of his annual Almanach des gourmands, which he edited and published each year from 1803 to 1812 (with the exception of 1809 when no Almanach was produced). Gourmand still retained its sense of "gluttony", one of the Seven Deadly Sins, and Grimod's choice of the word, when "friand" more usually connoted a connoisseur of fine food and wine, was a conscious one and wholly in character; gourmand and gourmet first achieved their pleasant modern connotations in Grimod's Almanachs, which, among other innovations, were the first restaurant guides.

‘If many of the shops and restaurants described by Grimod de la Reynière no longer exist, his ‘Calendrier nutritif,’ (nutritional calendar), remains as relevant as when it was written just over two hundred years ago’. - Carolin C. Young.

Prettily bound to style, each volume with copper plate engraved frontispiece, each with a full-page explanation and commentary on its significance for gourmands.
 
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