"THIS BOOK IS A SORT OF UNIVERSAL ENCYCLOPAEDIA, FULL OF INTEREST FOR ALL WHO WILL BE AT PAINS TO STUDY IT IN DETAIL"
DUBOIS, Urbain . Cosmopolitan Cookery. London: Longman, Green, 1886. Quarto, early 20th-century three-quarter brown morocco, raised bands, top edge gilt. $1500.
Second edition, later issue of this cookbook by one of the great 19th century chefs of Europe, "with 378 drawings carved on wood, an engraved frontispiece, and two copper-plate."
Urbain Dubois was one of the best known chefs of the 19th century who "wrote six important works on cookery," including this work. He ran the palace kitchen of the King and Queen of Prussia, and is "credited with introducing the custom of having servants wait table" (Feret, 42). First published in 1868 and in English in 1870; the second edition in English was first published in 1872. Bitting 132.
Scattered foxing to text; a bit of wear to rear board of handsome binding. An excellent copy.