The Curiosities Of Food

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Simmonds, Peter Lund. Or The Dainties and Delicacies of Different Nations Obtained From the Animal Kingdom. London: Richard Bentley, 1859. First Edition. 372 pages. 17.5 x 12 cm. A rare treasure of culinary history and a primary reference source for Alan Davidson, award winning author of Oxford Companion to Food. Davidson writes that “Curiosities is in all probability the first attempt to write a general worldwide survey of animal products.” This body of information was originally used in lectures Simmonds gave to various metropolitan literary institutions. A fascinating look at any and every animal that has been eaten by every culture and country one can imagine. 1/2 cm missing at head of spine and smaller portion at tail. Joints rubbed and fraying but holding. Corners bumped. Interior clean and crisp. Bound by Westlys & Co. Orig. maroon floral embossed boards, floral motif in gilt on spine. Very good. Hardcover.