1947. LargeFrench Menu dated May 25, 1947. 75 x 54 cm (108 cm. open) This menu was made for a First Communion, painted on front and back covers as well as the interior. The menu was signed by family and friends that were present at the event. The front cover depicts a religious figure on a train along with a large religious figure with many bottles of wine. Roughly translates: "Jeannot Leclerc/First Solemn Communion/Menu/In time, the Lord said: "Woe to St. Lo"/and we venerate this holy day our great Patrons/St.Estephe/St. Emilion/Ste. Croix du Mont/Amen....the bottle!" Depicted on the first interior page is an illustration of a scroll and a large man smoking a cigar. Translates: "It is a treat to see my first's communion/If you are really well happy and cheerful/Praise the stove/Thank the master of the house/and in memory of this memorable precious day/Leave me a sly autograph/ So you are able to write." Under this illustration and writing is the signatures of over 10 people with a couple of longer notes. On the facing page, many cheeky illustrations depicting the Menu which is also illustrated on this page. Translates: "First, as a prelude/a light breakfast, enough to maintain an outfit for vespers/ Les hors d'oeuvres - traditional/Hen/ The Rice/Salad of our gardens/Whipped cream as a large Steeple/Mocha/Now that the ceremonies are completed, it is worth giving serious attention/This famous dinner, we will enjoy/Winter Soup/The Salmon Canapé Louis XIII (epic)/The Lamb/Chicken/the Mushrooms of the dead/The other salad/The assorted cheeses-delights the boss/The Pies-super comfort/The Fruits-First Headlines/The bomb/To properly finish this meal/Champagne/Contraband Coffee/liqueurs/And all these good things pleasantly watered by/Bergerac, St. Estephe, Cote d'Or 1942, Chateauneuf du Pape/Bon Appetit!!"/ Depicted on the back cover is a man with a finished meal and a easel. Translated: Poverty is often the ransom? Engineer/The order of the day N. Lemaine railroaders/With wishes of genuine affection/for his family young Communicant Jeannot/25.5.47/First Solemn Communion" with the signature of the artist. A fabulous one of kind item!
Rombauer, Irma S. A Compilation of Reliable Recipes with a Casual Culinary Chat. St. Louis, Mo.: Rombauer/A.C. Clayton Printing Co., 1931. First Edition. 395 pages. 20 x 14 cm. After the suicide of her husband in 1930, during the first years of the Great Depression, Irma Rombauer, a St. Louis host and housewife, cobbled together a cookbook, illustrated by her daughter Marion. Since that original edition, the book has become one of the best-selling cookbooks of all time. Crisp interior, binding cracked but holding. Original pebbled blue boards. Very good. Hardcover. $2,750.00
La Cuisinier Parisien ou Manuel Complet, bound with Le Livre De Tous Les Ménages ou L'art de
Albert, B. and Nicolas Appert. La Cuisinier Parisien ou Manuel Complet, bound with Le Livre De Tous Les Ménages ou L'art de Conserver. Paris: Louis Tenré/Patris et Cie, 1833, 1810. Fifth Edition/First Edition. 454 pages/116 pages. 21 x 13 cm. La Cuisinier: Engraved frontispiece titled "intérieur d'une cuisine bien ordonnée" and 3 plates depicting ovens and cooking utensils. Albert, former the chef de cuisine for Cardinal Fesch, Napoléon's Uncle. Covering all aspects of cooking of post revolutionary France. L'art de Conserver: Appert's signature on verso of title page, one folding plate. Appert, a confectioner, chef, and distiller, developed the first method of preserving food by enclosing it in airtight, sealed containers. (Pasteur later admitted his process was a refinement and scientific explanation of Appert's methods). Appert was rewarded with a prize of 12,000 francs by the French Directory (Napoléon) who needed to supply the growing armies with stable sustenance. [CAGLE 28, 36]. Some foxing to interior. Covers rubbed at corners, otherwise very good. Contemporary half-calf and decorated boards. Very good. Hardcover. $2,850.00
Trattato della Lodi et della Coltivazione de gl'Ulivi
Vettori, Pietro. Florence: Appresso i Giunti, 1569. First Edition. 89 pages. blank,  (last leaf blank except for printer's ornament on verso), 89, . Woodcut printer's device on title page, large woodcut historiated initials. Important early discourse on the cultivation and preparation of olives with the discussion of the natural history, the olive's role in food and rural economy, the various regional varieties grown in Italy, Greece and Algeria, and the culture of the harvest. Also included are methods of preserving and preparation for consumption of both the flesh and the oil of the fruit. Pietro Vettori (1499-1585) hailed from Florence where he worked as the major editor at Giunti Press both in Florence and Venice. Best known for his prodigious editing and translating of Greek and Latin. Crisp, clean copy. All edges red. Old half vellum and marbled paper covered boards (c. 1800) $3750.00