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Accum, Frederick.
A Treatise on Adulterations of Food, and Culinary Poisons, exhibiting the Fraudulent Sophistications of Bread, Beer, Wine, Spiritous Liquors, Tea, Coffee, Cream, Confectionery, Vinegar, Mustard, Pepper, Cheese, Olive Oil, Pickles, and other Articles Employed in Domestic Economy, and Methods of Detecting Them.

Mallinckrodt Food Classics: 1966.

Volume 2 in the Mallinckrodt Food Classics series of facsimile reprints of historic volumes. A facsimile of the Philadelphia, 1820 edition, from the first London edition of the same year. Things were not better in the good old days. Frederick Christian Accum (1769-1838) was a man with a curiosity for many things, and wrote several important books on gas lighting and food chemistry. This pioneering treatise on the subject of dangerous foods pointed out lead in wine, alum in bread, counterfeit coffee, carbonate of copper in tea, "lengtheners" in brandy, and all sorts of strange things in the beer. In this same year Accum also published his 'Treatise on the Art of Brewing... and A Treatise on the Art of Making Wine from Native Fruits...'. In 1821 he would continue with his natural foods theme and write 'Culinary Chemistry, Exhibiting the Scientific Principles of Cookery, with concise instructions for preparing good and wholesome pickles, vinegar, conserves (etc)...'. Although other chemists and doctors were also trying to alert the public to the problem of food adulteration at this time, Accum's informal, some would say sensationalistic, style made his book the principal shout in the darkness in the early 19th century. The other thing people found fascinating about Accum's book was that he actually named the names of adulterating merchants and importers, taken directly from court records. This did not make him universally popular -in the preface to the 2nd London edition he notes "To those who have chosen anonymously to transmit to me their opinion concerning this book, together with their maledictions, I have little to say but they may rest assured, that their menaces will in no way prevent me from endeavoring to put the unwary on their guard against the frauds of dishonest men..." and he goes on to promise that he will continue to name names. The book made him many enemies, and within a year he was implicated in the theft of leaves from books in the library of the Royal Institution and was forced to leave England, depressed and disgraced, and return to his native Germany.

Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 269 pages light soil, a little wear.

Inventory #: 5694
Price: $ 40.00      



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