Les Dons De Comus, Ou Les Delices De La Table

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Marin, Francois. Paris, Chez Prault. 1739, First edition. 275 pages. 17x 10 cm. First editions are rare. Frontispiece “Les attributes de le Bonne Chere” (The attributes of good cheer). This work advocates seasonal menus, contains an early codification of sauces, including many, such as Hollandaise in two forms that remain today a foundation to classic French cuisine. Text in French. The only copy in recent years was the Crahan example, sold in 1985. Considered a legendary chef, Marin incorporated his knowledge of Chinese flavor harmony, the sauce a compliment to deepen and integrate flavors. [CAGLE 301]. Contents generally clean, several leaves mostly at rear reinforced and laid-down. Raised bands, spine panels richly gilt. Rebacked with original spine laid-down, marbled boards, matching marbled endpapers and edges. Fine. Hardcover.