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[GOURRÈGES, Jean Baptiste.]
Popel, ou le cuisinier du séminaire de Bordeaux, poëme héroï-comique en six chants.
1767. <i>A Gastronomic Comedy, </i><i>Set in a Religious House</i><i>in Bordeaux<br /></i><br />[GOURRÈGES, Jean Baptiste.] Popel, ou le cuisinier du séminaire de Bordeaux, poëme héroï-comique en six chants. Bordeaux: Jean Chappuis, 1767.<br /><br />8vo. Woodcut title page device, two illustrated woodcut headpieces (one signed by Roche), woodcut tailpieces. 71, [1 - blank], [2], 9, [1] pp. Contemporary wrappers somewhat soiled, contemporary manuscript on the upper wrapper, restoration to the spine and upper wrapper, wormholes towards the gutter of most leaves (sometimes affecting text), some wormholes repaired, untrimmed.<br /><br />The rare FIRST EDITION of this mock heroic poem about a chef named Brother Popel and his adventures cooking for the seminary of the archdiocese of Bordeaux. This particular copy is UNIQUE in that it includes a separately paginated section not recorded in OCLC, and a final manuscript portion of three pages that continues the work. <br /><br /> Through the story of Brother Popel, Gourrèges reveals much about the gastronomic life of those living in a seminary and the role that the cook played. It is interesting to note that in the preliminary pages (in the "Épitre Dédicatoire"), Gourrèges celebrates the work of twelve specific <i>cuisinières </i>(female cooks) working in various religious institutions in the city of Bordeaux; each of them, and their places of work, are named. The recognition of female cooks in France was unusual for that time; the first cookbook written for women in France didn't appear until 1746, only twenty-one years earlier,* a … [Click Below for Full Description]
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