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Klein, Pierre
Notice sur les fourneaux économiques
1856. <i>How to Feed the Poor at 5 cents per Person<br /></i><br />(GASTRONOMY and economic precarity.) Klein, Pierre. Notice sur les fourneaux économiques. Paris: Chez l'Auteur, 1856. <br /><br />4to. One large folding plate. 2 p.l., 31, [1 - blank] pp. Contemporary pebbled cloth, stamped in blind and gilt, hinges slightly cracked but very much holding firm, white cloth pastedowns blind-stamped to look like watered silk.<br /><br />The FIRST & ONLY EDITION of this work by Pierre Klein, written to explain how it is possible to feed the poor at 5 cents per person. This particular copy is in a dedication binding; on the upper board of the binding, is stamped in gilt: "Au Corps Législatif. Hommage très Respectueux de l'Auteur, P. Klein." The Corps Législatif was established by Napoleon III as the lower chamber of the legislative body of the government in 1853, three years earlier.<br /><br />Addressed to M. Pietri, the prefect of police for the city of Paris, the work describes the design of a stove made for preparing very large portions of soup (up to 140 liters at a time). The budget for such a device is given as well as the cost for establishing a soup kitchen (which included a place where the poor could eat). The overall cost of the soup kitchen was 2500 francs. The second section considers where the soup kitchen should be located, and the third part is on the nature of the food and its preparation. The last two chapters cover the service of the food and cost of the ingredients (with a final cost per portion). <br /><br />The large folding lithograph plate depicts various … [Click Below for Full Description]
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