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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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Songs of the Late Charles Dibdin; With A Memoir - T. Dibdin (Compiler), G. Cruikshank (Illustrator)

1850 - Henry G. Bohn, London - Third Edition
‘I be one of they sailors who think ‘tis no lie,
That for every wherefore of life there’s a why,
That fortune’s strange weather, a calm or a squall,
Our berths, good or bad, are chalk’d out for us all.’

A melodious collection of patriotic sea songs, composed by British writer and dramatist, Charles Dibdin, who according to
The Spectator in 1863 is considered to be ‘the only man who ever wrote sea songs that accurately delineate the sailor’s peculiarities of disposition’. Delightfully illustrated with several full page engravings, including frontispiece, by George Cruikshank, and featuring a memoir of Charles Dibdin, Addenda by Thomas Dibdin, Songs from the Works of the Charles Dibdin the younger, and a list of subscribers. 
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The Cook's Dictionary - Richard Dolby

1830 - Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, London - First Edition
An uncommon copy of the first edition of The Cook’s Dictionary, considered the first cookery book to be arranged alphabetically. This wonderful compendium of delicacies – compiled by 19th century chef Richard Dolby of the Thatched-House Tavern on St. James Street and a popular domestic reference of its time – contains several thousand entries and many recipes for cooking, baking, and brewing that had never before appeared in print.

Features a glossary of cooking terms, and a number of alphabetical tables listing fish, crustaceans, fowl, fruit and vegetables, and when they are in season.
 
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1931 - Alfred A. Knopf, New York - First Edition
Inscribed by Jimmy Durante ‘To Anne – a pleasure to know you – Jimmy Durante, Mar 30-42’.

This is not a ‘guide’, it contains anecdotes, characters, deals, entertainers and speakeasy challenges that only someone deeply connected with the scene could piece together, and if anyone knew the night clubs of New York it was the great entertainer Jimmy ‘Schnozzola’ Durante. Performing from 17 in Coney Island dives, Manhattan slums and gangster hangouts in Harlem, moving from a Mafia club ‘The Alamo’ to open his own small establishment ‘The Durant’ (the signmaker forgot to paint the ‘e’), but this was prohibition and soon after they were raided. Durante with his by now well known partners Eddie Jackson and Lou Clayton, moved on from there to become one of the all-time great night club acts. All this before becoming a film star, radio star, and television star.....

Illustrated with 16 photographs, illustrated title page and endpapers. The fabulous and rather risqué dust jacket was illustrated by Herbert Roese.
 
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American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis

1998 - Picador, London - First Hardcover Edition
A bright, sharp copy of the coveted first hardcover edition of Bret Easton Ellis’ shockingly violent black comedy, published by Picador in the UK after the original American publishers, Simon and Schuster, cancelled their publication due to the novel’s controversial content.

Set in trendy 1980s Manhattan, young, handsome, and well-educated investment banker Patrick Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day, but by night, expresses his true self through illogical and gratuitous torture and murder.
 
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The Table. How to buy food, how to cook it etc. - Alessandro Filippini

1889 - Charles L. Webster & Company, New York - First Edition - Publisher's de luxe leather binding
'The pleasures of the table are enjoyed by all those who possess good health.’

A classic compendium of recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, from renown Delmonico's chef, Alessandro Filippini. In the scarce and rather splendid deluxe publishers binding, intricately blind embossed, with titles in gilt.
 
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A Sleep of Prisoners, A Play - with - The Dark Is Light Enough - Christopher Fry, Ronald Searle (illustrator)

1951 - Geoffrey Cumberlege, London New York Toronto - First Editions
Dark and cold we may be, but this
Is no winter now. The frozen misery
Of centuries breaks, cracks, begins to move;
The thunder is the thunder of the floes,
The thaw, the flood, the upstart Spring.
Thank God our time is now when wrong
Comes up to face us everywhere,
Never to leave us till we take
The longest stride of soul we ever took.
Affairs are now soul size.
The enterprise
Is exploration into God.
Where are you making for? It takes
So many thousand years to wake,
But will you wake for pity's sake!

A highly imaginative, poignant drama about four prisoners of war locked up in a church in enemy territory, together with Fry’s 1954 play
The Dark is Light Enough, his ‘winter comedy’ set during the nineteenth century Hungarian Revolution, and companion play to his earlier works The Lady’s Not for Burning, and Venus Observed. Two volumes in dust jackets illustrated by Ronald Searle. 
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Architectura Navalis - bound with - Architectura Civilis, Nova & Antiqua - Josephum Furttenbach, Georg Andreas Böckler [Boeckler]

1629 - Johan Saurn, Ulm - First Editions
A stunning, clean and complete copy of Joseph Furttenbach’s famous treaty on shipbuilding, Architectura Navalis with double-page engraved title, title in red and black, twenty stunning double-page engraved plates showing boat design, and various types of boats many engaged in action with other boats and monsters of the sea. Furttenbach was a highly influential German architect, who attempted to cover all fields of architecture in his writings. Böckler corresponded with Furttenbach and his works on architecture were intended to contribute to the rebuilding of Germany after the devastation of the Thirty Years War, his Architectura Civilis, Nova & Antiqua presents a comparative treatment of the Orders [Architectural Styles] and is illustrated with forty engraved plates, woodcut printer’s device and red and black text to title page, woodcut head pieces, and initials.  
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