Philadelphia: E.L. Carey & A. Hart, Chestnut Street; Stereotyped by L. Johnson, 1837.
24mo. (14 x 10 cm.), 267,  pages. FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM. This collection of food essays first appeared in the London weekly journal, The Original, published by the author, from May through December of 1835, and a bound volume of The Original which included these essays appeared in 1836. A second edition was published New York, 1874, and a third in 1881 with the modified title, Aristology, or, The Art of Dining. Later editions of the book have been incorrectly attributed to Abraham Hayward, author of The Art of Dining; or, Gastronomy and Gastronomers (London, 1852). Thomas Walker (1784-1836) was an English lawyer, police magistrate, and gourmet. The word "aristology", which was added to the head of the title in later editions, was of his own coinage, and described his simple, unaffected approach to dining. In publisher’s embossed cloth binding, with gilt title to front board. Some spotting to cloth, wear to spine edges, and cloth separating on front hinge (but hinge holding). [OCLC locates just one copy (and twenty-nine microform copies, but we assume many of these are books; Bitting, page 519; Checklist of American Imprints 48324; Lowenstein 204].