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Histoire de la Vie privée des Français, depuis l'Origine de la Nation jusqu'à nos jours
- Three vols. Thick 8vo, orig. marbled wrappers (wrappers with a few pale ink stains), manuscript labels pasted on spines, uncut. Paris: P.D. Pierres, 1782. First edition of "one of the finest works upon the social life of the French people?"-Bitting, p. 280. Legrand d'Aussy (1737-1800), was appointed keeper of French manuscripts at the Bibliothèque nationale in 1795. While Legrand originally envisioned a more comprehensive work on domestic life, he only managed to publish the sections on food. This work is filled with valuable information on food preparation, the concept and organization of a "correct" meal, dishes to be served on special occasions and holidays, regional traditions, table customs, etc. There is also information about the guilds of the butchers, cooks, and pastry cooks. He has additionally compiled proverbs illustrating the most popular customs of the times. The third volume's final chapter relates the history of royal feasts and the culinary preferences of French kings. Very good set. ? N.B.G., Vol. 30, cols. 429-30. Vicaire, cols. 510-11-"Ouvrage très intéressant et très utile à consulter pour ceux qui font des recherches sur la manière de se nourrir en usage chez les Français.". [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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