One Hundred and Sixty Culinary Dainties: for the Epicure, the Invalid and the Dyspeptic.

London: Dean & Son, n.d. c. 1884.

Octavo, 150, [2] pages. Advertisements. The Chef du Cuisine of "Messrs. Gunter & Co... and many of the Nobility" offers a collection of dishes which in our world seem hardly dainty or appropriate for the invalid. Instead, within we find a meat-centric extravaganza including "Curried Pheasants", and "Bombs of Fat Livers a l"Ambrosia'. There are a few beef teas, and light soups, but I'll return here for the "Sweetbreads of Lamb a la Monarque" with bacon, truffles and cockscombs. The recipes employ a little graphic design I've not seen before. When indicating the size of a dice or chop, the author has included small black squares or other shapes indicating size. The squares are just printers slugs, but they appear in the text. An interesting and early graphic representation. With the original errata slip tipped-in. In publisher's black and gilt-stamped boards, which display the inaccurate title, "One Hundred Fifty Culinary Dainties". Very near fine. [OCLC locates nine copies; not found in Cagle].

Price: $150.00