"A COOKERY BOOK OUT OF THE ORDINARY—AN OASIS IN THE DESERT OF EATING FOR HEALTH BOOKS": FIRST EDITION OF CHARLES BROWNE'S GUN CLUB COOK BOOK , 1930
BROWNE, Charles. The Gun Club Cook Book, or a Culinary Code for Appreciative Epicures. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1930. Octavo, original green cloth, illustrated endpapers, original dust jacket. $1600.
First edition of Browne's popular and witty Prohibition-era cookbook, in very scarce Leonard Holton-designed dust jacket and with humorous illustrations by Holton throughout.
"A cookery book out of the ordinary—no calories, diets, nor even vitamins—an oasis in the desert of eating for health books" (Bitting). This classic prohibition-era cookbook was created for the Nassau Gun Club by its one of its most popular members, Charles Browne, a New Jersey physician who was Princeton's mayor for nearly two decades and also served as representative to the U.S. Congress (1923-25). Wonderfully illustrated by Leonard Holton, the book features recipes for everything from lobsters and scallops to turtles, frog legs and alligator tails, including recipes for chowders, pork and venison, as well as cocktails such as a Bronx Martini, Fish House Punch and a Clover Club cocktail, a "Philadelphia concoction." "This book is dedicated to those… who know that to honor one's stomach is to humor one's disposition and that a good disposition is one of mankind's greatest blessings… from prohibitionists and from those who 'do not care what they eat so long as they get the proper nourishment,' good Lord, deliver us" (Dedication). First edition, first printing with Scribner's "A" on copyright page. Bitting, 64.
Book fine; light edge-wear, mild soiling to colorful very good dust jacket.