GRIMOD de LA REYNIÈRE, Alexandre-Balthazar-Laurent] Manuel des amphytrions; containing a treatise on the dissection of meats at the table, the nomenclature of the newest menus for each season, and elements of greedy politeness [...]. Decorated with a large number of plates [...]. Paris Capelle and Renand 1808 3 parts in 1 vol. in-8° : 384 pp.; 17 h.-t. (burnished passim especially in the margins, wetted qqs.). Veal calf (leg. corners rubbed), smooth spine gilt, paper endpapers marbled. Sought-after original edition and best work, according to specialists, by Grimod (1758-1838), "true creator of gourmet literature", member of the Société des Agathopèdes, organizer of extravagant dinners. Ill. of an amusing frontispiece. Contains a section reserved for meat and fish cuts ill. from 4 p.m. to 4 p.m.; a section devoted to seasonal menus for 15 to 60 covers; and a code of civility at the table. Complete with tables (pp. 357-384) that many ex. Vicar Ref. Bibl. gastr. 427. - Bitting 203. - Oberlé, Fastes, 135. - BnF. Prov. Lecomte, Ostend (ment. ms. d'appart.). - Bogaert-Dumortier, Bruges (library label). - Other apartment ms. on title.
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