Almanach des gourmands, servant de guide dans les moyens de faire excellente chère; par un vieil amateur. Premiere année.

Paris: Chez Maradan, 1804.

Five volumes (of eight). Duodecimos, xxij, 318; xviij, 282 (lacking frontis.); xiv, 342; xx, 11-336 (two leaves excised, lacking frontis.); xiv, 362 (lacking frontis.). First editions of the first five years of this groundbreaking gastronomic almanac, which ran to eight volumes (1804-1810), and then was revived by Perigord [Horace Raisson] for three Nouvel Almanachs, (1825-1827). These volumes constitute the first restaurant reviews, from one of the greatest of French gastronomes. Some wear to some pages, and a bit of neat, older underlining to parts of one volume. Sadly lacking three of five frontispieces, and with two leaves excised from volume four. Bindings sound, bound in later plain brown buckram, with spine numbers indicating volume. Good. With the bookplates of Samuel Chamberlain, the artist, author, Francophile and gastronome. [Vicaire 424-427. Oberle 133].

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