"CRUISE WITH US ON THE MAGIC CARPET OF YOUR OWN KITCHEN SAUCEPAN": DERRYDALE PRESS LIMITED EDITION OF CHARLES BAKER'S GENTLEMAN'S COMPANION
BAKER, Charles H. The Gentleman's Companion. New York: Derrydale Press, 1939. Two volumes. Octavo, original half burgundy cloth, red buckram, uncut and Volume II unopened, original numbered slipcase. $650.
Limited first editions of Baker's "Exotic Cookery Book" and "Exotic Drink Book," finely printed at the Derrydale Press, each number 184 of 1250 copies.
Volume I, on exotic cookery, contains "a company of hand-picked receipts, each one beloved and notable in its place, collected faithfully on three voyages and a quarter million miles around the world, and other journeys," while Volume II, on exotic drinks, includes "a personally collected regiment of world-famous lively liquid masterpieces from greater and lesser ports of Orient and Occident, and the South Seas." Without scarce original slipcase.
Very nearly fine condition.