First edition of the papal physician Paolo Giovio’s first published work, “Of Roman fish”, conceived at a banquet Clement VII gave for François Louis, cardinal of Bourbon, during which the nomenclature of fish and seafood available in Roman markets had been disputed, and Giovio encouraged to compose his treatise.
First edition of “Bacchus in Tuscany”, a dithyrambic poem of a thousand lines, begun in 1666 and finally published in 1685 with copious annotations. The poem recounts the passage of Bacchus through Tuscany, accompanied by Ariadne, satyrs, and bacchantes, during which a number of local wines are sampled and evaluated, as well as other drinks such as tea, chocolate and coffee. The work is “one of the most famous panegyrics on wine ever written” (Simon) and was reprinted in at least forty-one editions.
(29.5 cm), viii, 255 (1) pp., frontispiece printed in red & black, illustrations. 711 + 12 catalogue entries. Contemporary quarter-cloth, printed dust jacket. - Second volume of a bibliography of books devoted to wine, partly based on copies in the author’s own collection (dispersed by Sotheby & Co., 4-6 July 1932). First edition. Lacking volume I (Incunables), published 1927. ¶ Copy 70 of 275 numbered copies, printed by Walter Lewis at the Cambridge University Press. Dust jacket in poor state (repaired, pen marks, significant losses); light spotting on endpapers; otherwise a well-preserved copy.
(25.5 cm), xiii (3), 718 pp., illustrations (mostly facsimiles of title-pages). Original blue cloth, green skiver lettering-piece. - Substantially based on the author’s own collection (4346 volumes), now in the Library of Congress (presented 1939-1944 by her husband, Dr Arvill Wayne Bitting). Donald C. Dickinson, Dictionary of American Book Collectors (New York 1986), p.43. ¶ Clipping from a British bookseller’s catalogue on paste-down. Fine copy.
(25.5 cm), (12) 196 (2) pp., 16 text illustrations. 1644 catalogue entries. Publisher’s red cloth, printed dust jacket. - First edition. A catalogue of Simon’s own library, collected over a period of more than fifty years, and presented by him to the Wine and Food Society, of which he was Founder and President. This volume contains 1644 entries for books published up to 1861, the year in which the first edition of Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management appeared; the projected second volume, recording the later books, never appeared. There is an excellent subject-index divided under 51 headings, and including such diverse entries as carving, polenta, toasts, tobacco and truffles. The collection was sold by Sotheby Parke Bernet & Co., London, 18 May 1981. ¶ Copy 527 of 750. Significant losses to dust jacket.
(22 cm), (6) xviii pp., 972 cols., illustrations. Publisher’s cloth, printed dust jacket. - Facsimile reprint of the limited edition Paris: P. Rouquette, 1890, with new introduction by André L. Simon. ¶ Clipping from a bookseller’s catalogue lifted from endpaper. Very good, unmarked copy.
(25 cm), xxiii (1), 237 (3) pp., folding frontispiece, 21 text illustrations. Bound in blue cloth, a collector’s binding. - Lord Westbury has chosen to record here books of gastronomic interest printed in Italian, although he collected books in all languages, and possessed the second and third editions of the first printed cookery book (Platina’s De honesta voluptate, Venice 1475 and Cividale 1480). The “Westbury collection of cookery books” was sold by Sotheby & Co., 15-16 February 1965 (507 lots). ¶ Two leaves partly stuck together by binder’s adhesive; otherwise a very good copy.
(25 cm), 144 pp.,  plates, text illustrations. 513 lots. Publisher’s green printed wrappers. - Heinrich (Harry) Schraemli (1904-1995) first promoted his collection for the purposes of sale in Vom Werden einer Sammlung: Berühmte Kochbücher (Bern: Schweizerisches Gutenbergmuseum, 1963); a few years later, the booksellers Harry Levinson and L’Art Ancien were instructed to sell it en bloc (A Resume of the great Herr Schraemli collection of books & Mss relating to cookery, gastronomy, wine, drink and related subjects, Zurich & Beverly Hills: [printed in Great Britain by the Courier Press, Leamington Spa], 1969). When their attempt failed, the library was consigned to Sotheby’s. Highlights were Arnoldus de Villa, Von Bewahrung und Bereitung der Weine, published at Ulm in 1499, one of four known copies (lot 33, £3200, sold to “Wright”; now Schweinfurt, Bibliothek Otto Schäfer); and a 15th-century manuscript of Giovanni Michele Savonarola, physician at the d’Este court, perhaps the dedication manuscript for Borso d’Este (lot 303, £2600, sold to Rosenthal; now Lugano, Biblioteca internazionale di gastronomia / B.IN.G; cf. edition by Jane Nystedt, Stockholm 1988). More books were offered by Sotheby’s on 28-29 February 1972. ¶ Good, unmarked copy. Photocopy of List of prices realised and buyers’ names loosely inserted.
(24.5 cm), xii, 132 pp. Publisher’s green cloth, issued without a dust jacket. - 835 entries. This is the third edition, a revision of Lowenstein’s 1954 edition, itself a revised and enlarged edition of Waldo Lincoln’s “American cookery books, 1742-1860” (in American Antiquarian Society. Proceedings, etc., April 1929). Lowenstein was proprietor of the Corner Book Shop (102 Fourth Avenue, New York City) and specialised in books on food, cookery, and wine. ¶ Fine copy.
(25 cm), 98 (2) pp., 552 lots. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - The Schraemli books on wine and food are offered as lots 142-306. Also sold was the library of the connoisseur Count Alexis Bobrinskoy (1893-1971), Christie’s consultant for Greek and Russian icons (lots 343-451 are books in Russian; lots 452-508 books relating to Russia in other languages). The Bobrinskoy books “contain many loose insertions – extra portraits, typewritten notes, etc. – and numerous marginalia in Bobrinskoy’s clear Russian hand, with occasional drawings. Both violent and entertaining, these notes are redolent of his personality, giving information as to provenance and prices, scraps of historical interest which Bobrinskoy had picked up from his father… and from the latter’s very wide circle of friends, ranging from the Grand Duke Nicolas Mikailovich to Alexandre Benois” (Catalogue note). ¶ Unmarked copy. No Price list.
(29 cm), 343 (1) pp., 313 black & white plates (pp.144-321 inclusive). Publisher’s green cloth, pictorial dust jacket. - A beautifully produced publication on the objets d’art fashioned for the table during the age of the Baroque, primarily in Germany, with illustrations taken from contemporary pattern books, festival books, cookbooks, etc, and many bibliographical detail. ¶ Short tear in dust jacket. Excellent copy.
(24.5 cm), 76 (4) pp.,  leaves of plates (frontispiece-portrait and colour pl. for lot 248), text illustrations. 260 lots. List of estimates loosely inserted. Publisher’s printed wrappers. ¶ Annotated copy. Photocopy of List of prices realised and buyers’ names loosely inserted.
(28 cm), 111 (1) pp. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - First edition. An exhibition catalogue featuring 150 books, selected by Dr John Talbot Gernon, from his collection of more than 1500 cookbooks. Most of the collection was gifted to the Lilly Library by his widow. ¶ Superior copy in new condition.
(24 cm), 88 pp., illustrations. Lots numbered 3001-3505. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Private collection of the bookseller Peter Alicke (1905-1990), proprietor of Antiquariat Paul Alicke (established by his father in 1898 at Dresden). Preface by Paul J.W. Alicke. ¶ Unmarked copy. No Price list.
(27 cm),  pp., illustrations (some in colour). 786 lots. List of prices realised loosely inserted. Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - Marcus Crahan was a physician with the Los Angeles County Jail; his wife was director of Los Angeles County Medical Association Library, from 1978 to 1990. An amateur bookbinder, Marcus Crahan gave excessive attention to the books in their collection, and many were over-restored. Further sales of the Crahan collection were conducted by Sotheby’s, New York, 15 November 1986 (Important books and manuscripts relating to cookery and gardening: including viniculture, mycology, and beekeeping: property from the Marcus and Elizabeth Crahan Collection); and by California Book Auction Galleries, San Francisco, on 9 March 1989 (The library of Marcus & Elizabeth Crahan: Part I) and 20 April 1989 (The library of Marcus & Elizabeth Crahan: Part II). ¶ Unmarked copy.
Paris, Éditions de la Réunion des musées nationaux, 1993
(31 cm), 387 (5) pp., 49 colour plates, 180 illustrations (some in colour). 374 catalogue entries. Publisher’s cloth, pictorial dust jacket. - A survey of the manner of laying out royal tables and dining over three centuries, with the focus on France and Versailles. It includes some specialized studies of silver, porcelain, and table linen, by a number of scholars of the decorative arts. Manuscripts and printed books are among the exhibits. ¶ Fine copy.
Prato, Istituto internazionale di storia economica F. Datini, 1996
(30 cm), 400 (8) pp.,  p. of plates. Publisher’s laminated pictorial wrappers. - Includes essays by Mary Ella Milham (La nascita di un discorso gastronomico: Platina [De honesta voluptate et valetudine, completed in Rome around 1465]), Angela Dillon Bussi (Una festa di nozze principesca e un banchetto umanistica [celebrations at Pesaro for the marriage of Costanzo Sforza and Camilla Marzano d’Aragona, 26-30 May 1475]), Bruno Laurioux (I libri di cucina), among others. ¶ One corner of wrapper creased. Very good copy.
(27 cm), 93 (15) pp., illustrations (some in colour). 446 lots. List of prices realised loosely inserted. Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - The library of Sweden’s world-famous restaurateur. A Wallenberg foundation (Marcus och Amalias Minnesfond) granted 3 million Swedish crowns for purchases of books in the sale; these are now housed in the Wretman Library, Kokboksmuseet, Måltidens Hus i Norden, Grythyttan, Sweden. ¶ Annotated copy.