Almanach Manuel de la Bonne Cuisine et de la Maitresse de Maison. Redicé avec le concours des Maitres d'Hotel et Chefs de Cuisine des premieres maisons de Paris. 8me Année, 1865.
Paris: Pagnerre, Libraire-Editeur, rue de Seine, 18; Typographie de Henri Plon, 1865.
Duodecimo (14.5 x 10.5 cm.), 200 pages. Engraved illustrations in the text. Table des Matieres. The eighth year of this popular French almanac, with calendar and ephemeris, but unlike most American "culinary almanacs" the bulk of this work is indeed related to food, with sections on various foodstuffs, (vegetables, birds, fish, sauces, etc.), and many recipes. The attractive wrapper illustration by "F. Grenan" depicts two women working in the kitchen, one cooking at the stove, the other writing while handling some vegetables and birds. Is she recording a recipe? or perhaps just back from market and keeping up accounts? Like other copies of this almanac we've seen, the illustration is hand-colored. Dog ears to some pages; otherwise internally sound and clean. Wrapper corners chipped and light soiling. Near very good, in a handsome custom-made clamshell box. [OCLC locates five institutions with single issues of runs of this periodical].