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Traitez Nouveaux & curieux du Café, du Thé - DUFOUR, Philippe Sylvestre - 1685. [1219264]
Lyon: Jean Girin, & B. Riviere, 1685 - Duodecimo (152 × 88 mm). Contemporary sheep, title direct to spine, fleurons gilt to the compartments, foliate edge-roll, edges marbled. Housed in a quarter calf book-style box, marbled sides, red morocco label. A little rubbed, head of spine chipped and repaired, neat restoration at the joints and corners, light tan-burn to the margins of the endpapers, small ink stamp of the United Fruit Company to the front free endpaper, light browning throughout, remains very good. Engraved pictorial title and 3 other similar plates, engraved head-piece and historiated initial to each section. The highly appealing frontispiece shows a gathering of a Turk, a Chinese, and an American native, each enjoying their own native beverage. The other plates stand at the beginning of the relevant sections of the text, and show the individual nations with remarques of the plants, and preparatory equipment required for each. First edition, same year as a Paris edition in Latin, expanded from the same author's Usage du caphé, du thé, et du chocolate of 1671. Fairly uncommon, Copac has just 10 locations in the UK. "The work of Dufour upon coffee, tea, and chocolate is a classic. It is the standard work of reference for the early history and methods of preparation" (Bitting). Dufour describes himself as a "merchant, negotiating with others doing business in the Levant", who thus had "become familiar with the subject". The 'Tractatvs de chocolata' is in fact by Antonio Colmenero de Ledesma and was first published in Spanish with title 'Curioso tratado de la naturaleza y calidad del chocolate' (Madrid, 1631); the 'Dialogvs de chocolata' is by Bartolomeo Marradon. Considered by Weinberg and Bealer to be "the first book to attempt to derive the pharmacological effects of coffee from its chemical constituents" (The World of Caffeine: The Science and Culture of the World's Most Popular Drug, p.105). Vicaire draws attention to the "Dialogue du Chocolat" which concludes the work, and is in the form of a conversation between a doctor, an American Indian, and a "bourgeois", Sabin noting "Le traité du chocolat contient des notices sur l'hist. naturelle de l'Amérique". Miniscule contemporary ownership inscription inked to the title page. A very presentable copy of this important contribution to the literature. Bitting, pp.134-5; Cagle 169; Kress S.1578; Sabin 21146; Vicaire 293; Wellcome II, p.494
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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