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Continental Table Porcelain of the Eighteenth Century. San Francisco M.H. De Young Memorial Museum: 1965. A magnificent loan exhibition at the Museum. Includes an extended essay on the ceramics of various European countries, and an illustrated catalog of the pieces in the exhibition. Softcover. 6"x9", about 200 pages, many b/w illustrations light wear.

Inventory #: 33945
Price: $ 25.00       




Continental Table Porcelain of the Eighteenth Century. San Francisco M.H. De Young Memorial Museum: 1965. A magnificent loan exhibition at the Museum. Includes an extended essay on the ceramics of various European countries, and an illustrated catalog of the pieces in the exhibition. Softcover. 6"x9", about 200 pages, many b/w illustrations light wear, spine rough at the top.

Inventory #: 33946
Price: $ 20.00       




Historic Tinned Foods. Middlesex International Tin Research and Development Council: 1939. 2nd edition. A technical examination of tinned veal and vegetables prepared for the Parry northwest Passage Expedition of 1824, and for British troops in the Crimean War in 1855. The text examines canning methods & figures of the early 19th century, describes the state of preservation of the cans and their contents, analyses the contents technically, and finally, tastes them... Hardcover. 5.5"x9", 70 pages, black & white illustrations. Light soil, library bookplate.

Inventory #: 35261
Price: $ 35.00       




The Campbell Museum Collection. Camden Campbell Museum: 1969. A fascinating collection of antique silver and ceramic soup tureens of all styles and periods. Great fun. Softcover. 7"x10", 82 color and black & white illustrations. Minor wear.

Inventory #: 35742
Price: $ 20.00       




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       




Battershall, Jesse P. Food Adulteration and Its Detection. New York E. & F.N. Spon: 1887. "To embody in a condensed form some salient features of the present status of Food Adulteration in the United States is the object of this volume....the photogravure plates, most of which represent the results of recent microscopical investigation, are considered an important feature of the book." The subjects include tea, coffee, chocolate, milk, butter, cheese, bread, sugar, beer, wine and liquors, oils, mustard, spices, pepper and other foods. An uncommon book in the marketplace. Hardcover. 6"x9", 328 pages, plus 4 color and 8 b/w plates. Publisher's brown cloth with impressed black device and rules and gilt titles. A clean and bright copy. With the pasted-in plate of C. Smith Boynton, and his ownership signature on the flyleaf and title page. Boynton, an 1864 graduate of Bowdoin College in Maine, practiced medicine in New Hampshire until 1875 when he moved to Brandon, and then Burlington, Vermont as a druggist.

Inventory #: 30944
Price: $ 250.00       




Benes, Peter (ed.). Foodways in the Northeast. Boston University: 1984. The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife Proceedings for 1982. Papers include: The Archeology of Urban Foodways in Portsmouth, New Hampshire - Mid-Eighteenth Century Food and Drink on the Massachusetts Frontier - Eighteenth Century Foodways in Deerfield, Massachusetts - Brick Ovens in the Genesee Country, 1789-1860: Architectural and Documentary Evidence - Producing, Selecting and Serving Food at the Country Seat - Food Theft and Domestic Conflict in Seventeenth-Century Essex County - Yeoman Foodways and Plimoth Plantation - The Fireplace at Memorial Hall, Deerfield, Masssachusetts. Softcover. 6"x9", 144 pages, b/w illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 90299
Price: $ 30.00       




Carey, Richard Adams. The Philosopher Fish. Sturgeon, Caviar, and the Geography of Desire. New York Counterpoint: 2005. "Since the days of the Persian Empire, caviar has trumpeted status, wealth, prestige, and sex appeal. In this remarkable journey to caviar's source, the author immerses himself in the world of the sturgeon, the fish that lays the golden eggs. Ancient, shrouded in mystery, inexplicable in several of its behaviors, the sturgeon has a fascinating biologic past- and an uncertain future... Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 333 pages, dj. Published for $26.00.

Inventory #: 95072
Price: $ 10.00       




Case, Frank. Tales of a Wayward Inn. New York Frederick Stokes: 1938. A famous book by the owner of the Algonquin Club. Hardcover. 6"x9", 390 pages, b/w plates somewhat soiled and worn shaken and stirred.

Inventory #: 6507
Price: $ 10.00       




Coffin, Sarah, et al. Feeding Desire. Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005. New York Assouline, in association with the Cooper-Hewitt Museum: 2006. The utterly magnificent catalog to an important exhibition which showcased the Cooper-Hewitt's collection of cutlery and utensils. The illustrations of cutlery, serving pieces and place settings are augmented by many period paintings and prints, and seven essays- Manufacturing and Marketing in Europe, 1600-2000 - The Sexual Politics of Cutlery - Implements of Eating - The Design of Table Tools and the Effect of Form on Etiquette and Table Setting - The Proliferation of Cutlery and Flatware Designs in Nineteenth-century America - Modern Flatware and the Design of Lifestyle. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", 288 pages, hundreds of color illustrations, dust jacket. New condition.

Inventory #: 95107
Price: $ 35.00       




Culme, John, et al. The Colman Collection of Silver Mustard Pots. Norwich Colman Foods: 1979. Now this is just plain fun -a collection of all sorts of mustard pots! Also a history of mustard and mustard puttering and potting, lots of great photos, and many cool antique (and some cool 20th century) mustard pots. It was Colonel Mustard, in the library, with the candlestick... Softcover. 6.5"x8", 143 pages, lots of b/w illustrations light wear.

Inventory #: 33429
Price: $ 25.00       




Cutten, George Barton. American Silver Sugar Tongs from the Collection of Francis M. Rosenfeld. Reprinted from the February, 1946 issue of The Magazine Antiques. An interesting offprint from The Magazine Antiques. George Barton Cutten, long an enthusiast and researcher of New York area silversmiths, retired from his post as President of Colgate University in 1942 and moved to Chapel Hill. He also wrote histories of silversmithing in Georgia and Virginia. Pamphlet. 9.5"x12", 4 pages (including covers), 7 b/w illustrations, showing 29 pairs of sugar tongs. Light wear, slight crease across the center.

Inventory #: 31853
Price: $ 25.00       




Davidson, Diane Mott. Tough Cookie. New York Bantam Books: 2000. A culinary mystery set in a Colorado ski resort town. When Goldy Schulz is offered a temporary stint hosting a local PBS cooking show she does not know the program includes murder... Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 291 pages, dj near fine.

Inventory #: 5969
Price: $ 10.00       




Davis, John D. Silver Nutmeg Graters. Hanover University Press of New England: 2002. The production of silver graters for nutmeg, the most stylish of spices, began in the late seventeenth century. An elegant nutmeg grater quickly became an essential part of "the punch equipage", the key to genteelly preparing and serving this ubiquitous tipple. This catalog of the Dr. Robert Green Collection of nutmeg graters features a stunning assortment of fashionable English graters from seventeenth century London and eighteenth and nineteenth century Birmingham, handsome twentieth century American graters designed by Gorham and Tiffany & Co., and more -100 in all. Softcover. 8"x8", 80 pages, 45 b/w illustrations. New.

Inventory #: 95055
Price: $ 20.00       




Dickie, John. Delizia! The Epic History of the Italians and Their Food. New York Simon & Schuster: 2008. "How did the Italians come to eat so well? The answer is in the region's historic cities, says John Dickie: for a thousand years they have been magnets for everything that makes for great eating. From the bustle of medieval Milan's marketplace to the banqueting halls of Renaissance Ferrara, from street stalls in the fetid alleyways of 19th-century Naples to the noisy trattorie of postwar Rome, Dickie shows how taste, creativity, and civic pride blended with princely arrogance, political violence, and dark intrigue to create the world's favorite cuisine." Hardcover. 6.5"x9", 367 pages, several black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 33892
Price: $ 12.00       




Diderot & d'Alembert. L'Encyclopedie Diderot & d'Alembert- Artisanan au 18eme Siecle. Tours Bibliotheque de l'Image: 2001. A selection of plates from Diderot's famous 'Encyclopedie', with the original French text explaining the processes and tools illustrated. This volume includes many shorter sections dealing with a variety of trades, including candle-making, enameling, bread-making, making pastries, playing cards, tennis raquets, baskets, artificial flowers, and many more. Softcover. 9"x12", 109 pages, many b/w plates. New.

Inventory #: 95020
Price: $ 20.00       




Felker, P.H. The Grocers' Manual, A Guide Book for the information and use of Grocers. St. Louis The Grocer Publishing Co.: 1879. "Containing a full description of all the goods sold by the trade. Also rates of tare, adulterations, tables of weights, measures, interest, etc.". A potpourri of information on everything sold by grocers in the late 19th century. Hardcover. 5"x7", 312 pages. A little wear, light soil.

Inventory #: 32131
Price: $ 100.00       




Fletcher, Nichola. Charlemagne's Tablecloth. A Piquant History of Feasting. New York St. Martin's Press: 2004. "Not only Charlemagne himself, but King Midas and Robert Burns also make appearances in this award-winning history. From a humble meal of potatoes provided by an angel and the extravagance of medieval and Renaissance revels, to Mardi Gras and the refinement of the Japanese tea ceremony, Charlemagne's Tablecloth covers an astonishing array of unique feasts." Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 256 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. New. Published at $24.95.

Inventory #: 95095
Price: $ 12.00       




Freeman, Michael. The Modern Japanese Tea Room. Bologna Damiani: 2007. "The formal tea ceremony developed in 15th-century Japan is closely circumscribed, as is the space for it: traditionally, chashitsus include windows, an alcove (tokonoma) with flowers and painted parchment, bamboo mats (tatami), and a fireplace on the floor (ro). More recently those traditions-as closely associated with the upper class as "high tea" is in England-have been rediscovered by architects and designers as a perfect match for their contemporary work. Illustrated with 250 captioned color photographs, this book opens with an introduction to the history of the tea ceremony, then presents 35 projects from renowned Japanese designers, from a tree house in Nagano to a portable space in black lacquer." Hardcover. 10"x9.5", 239 pages, many color illustrations, dust jacket. New.

Inventory #: 95125
Price: $ 35.00       




Gould, Mary Earle. Early American Wooden Ware & other Kitchen Utensils. Springfield Pond-Ekberg Company: 1942. Revised edition. Although first published in 1942, this remains a classic reference to American wooden wares. Gould wrote on a variety of antiquarian topics including tole ware, and assembled a collection of over 1,200 pieces of wooden ware. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 243 pages, b/w illustrations. Ex-library, with several stamps and a pocket in the back. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35807
Price: $ 25.00       




Guille, Peter. Old English Silver- Coffee Pots and Salvers. Williamstown Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute: 1958. The catalog to an exhibition of 18th century London pieces from the collection. "In 1910, after a distinguished career in the United States Army, Sterling Clark settled in Paris and began collecting works of art, an interest he inherited from his parents. When he married Francine Clary in 1919, she joined him in what quickly became a shared passion. Together they created a remarkable collection of paintings, silver, sculpture, porcelain, drawings, and prints with complete reliance on their own judgments and tastes. In 1950 the Clarks founded the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as a permanent home for their collection, and the museum first opened to the public in 1955. Since its conception, the Institute has had a dual mission as both a museum and a center for research and higher education. It is in this spirit that the Clark has expanded over the last five decades to become the influential institution it is today" (from the Museum website). Softcover, 6.5"x10", 4 pages of text plus 49 black & white plates. Light cover soil.

Inventory #: 34303
Price: $ 35.00       




Guille, Peter. Old Silver Bowls and Dishes. Williamstown Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute: 1964. An exhibition drawn from the museum's collection. Basically 18th century London work with a few Irish examples. The photos are still stark -silver against a black background, but not as contrasty as in the 1960 catalog, with more detail showing. Quite lovely. "In 1910, after a distinguished career in the United States Army, Sterling Clark settled in Paris and began collecting works of art, an interest he inherited from his parents. When he married Francine Clary in 1919, she joined him in what quickly became a shared passion. Together they created a remarkable collection of paintings, silver, sculpture, porcelain, drawings, and prints with complete reliance on their own judgments and tastes. In 1950 the Clarks founded the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as a permanent home for their collection, and the museum first opened to the public in 1955. Since its conception, the Institute has had a dual mission as both a museum and a center for research and higher education. It is in this spirit that the Clark has expanded over the last five decades to become the influential institution it is today" (from the Museum website). Softcover, 6.5"x10", 8 pages of text plus 34 black & white plates. Light cover soil, bookplate.

Inventory #: 34305
Price: $ 35.00       




Guille, Peter. Old Silver Dining Accessories. Williamstown Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute: 1965. An exhibition drawn from the museum's collection. Basically 17th and 18th century London work, including serving pieces, dishes and bowls, candlesticks, cruets, sauce boats, porringers, tazzas -on and on! "In 1910, after a distinguished career in the United States Army, Sterling Clark settled in Paris and began collecting works of art, an interest he inherited from his parents. When he married Francine Clary in 1919, she joined him in what quickly became a shared passion. Together they created a remarkable collection of paintings, silver, sculpture, porcelain, drawings, and prints with complete reliance on their own judgments and tastes. In 1950 the Clarks founded the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as a permanent home for their collection, and the museum first opened to the public in 1955. Since its conception, the Institute has had a dual mission as both a museum and a center for research and higher education. It is in this spirit that the Clark has expanded over the last five decades to become the influential institution it is today" (from the Museum website). Softcover, 6.5"x10", 15 pages of text plus 28 black & white plates. Some cover soil, bookplate.

Inventory #: 34306
Price: $ 35.00       




Guille, Peter. Old Silver Tea Accessories. Williamstown Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute: 1962. Exhibit Eighteen. A very interesting exhibition of 17th and 18th century English silver tea and coffee accessories such as pots, tea caddies, cream jugs, caddy spoons, trays, baskets, bowls, urns, and more! "In 1910, after a distinguished career in the United States Army, Sterling Clark settled in Paris and began collecting works of art, an interest he inherited from his parents. When he married Francine Clary in 1919, she joined him in what quickly became a shared passion. Together they created a remarkable collection of paintings, silver, sculpture, porcelain, drawings, and prints with complete reliance on their own judgments and tastes. In 1950 the Clarks founded the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as a permanent home for their collection, and the museum first opened to the public in 1955. Since its conception, the Institute has had a dual mission as both a museum and a center for research and higher education. It is in this spirit that the Clark has expanded over the last five decades to become the influential institution it is today" (from the Museum website). Softcover, 6.5"x10", 16 pages of text plus 54 black & white plates. Light cover soil.

Inventory #: 34304
Price: $ 35.00       




Hennell, Percy. Hennell Silver Salt Cellars 1736 to 1876. East Grinstead BLA Publishing: 1986. A well-illustrated study of five generations of a silversmithing family which specialized in salt cellars. Their vast array of designs are illustrated and discussed here- lion mask, shell, pedestal, loop-handle, Chinoiserie, neo-classical and gothic, and much more! An uncommon book. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 142 pages, black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35377
Price: $ 250.00       




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