Paris: L'Auteur, Mellier, 1860.
Duodecimo, 275,  pages. First edition, of the first book of Russian cuisine published in France. Petit was the chef to Count Panine, the Russian Minister of Justice, and based in Saint Petersburg. In addition to the collection of Russian recipes (twelve varieties of blini), there is an important lexicon of Russian culinary vocabulary at the rear. The intended audience was chefs who might wish to move to Russia to work, or those seeking employment in Western hotels with Russian clientele. Pebbled black cloth over one-quarter black calf, with raised bands and gilt title. Binding somewhat rubbed, internal foxing and some offsetting. Good plus. Laid-in is a signed card wth the name "Alexandra Tolstoy". [Bitting 366; Drexel; Oberlé 251; Simon 1155; Vicaire 677].