ONE OF THE MOST DESIRABLE OF CELEBRITY COOKBOOKS: FIRST EDITION OF A TREASURY OF GREAT RECIPES, INSCRIBED BY VINCENT PRICE
PRICE, Vincent; PRICE, Mary. A Treasury of Great Recipes… Famous Specialties of the World's Foremost Restaurants Adapted for the American Kitchen. New York: Ampersand, (1965). Large quarto, original gilt-stamped tan cloth, pictorial endpapers. $750.
First edition of Vincent and Mary Price's cookbook, one of the most desirable of celebrity cookbooks featuring hundreds of recipes, sumptuous color plates and restaurant menus, inscribed by Vincent Price on the dedication page: "Bon Appetit, Mary and Vincent Price."
"When it comes to all-time best-selling celebrity cookbooks, Mary and Vincent Price's A Treasury of Great Recipes is… at the top of the list. Serious cookbook collectors want it as much as cult followers of the King of Horror. For book lovers, the object itself is a treasure: A padded, bronze-gilded leatherette cover encloses pages printed in sepia with satin marking ribbons. But it is coveted for more than its cover. Inside, Price, a well-known gourmet of his day, plays it straight, sharing dining experiences and recipes from famous restaurants around the world" (Los Angeles Times). As Vincent and Mary Price write in their introduction: "We have gone straight to the source, to the great chefs and to those dedicated to seeing to it that the world eats well." Treasury covers nine countries—France, Italy, Holland, Denmark, Norway, England, Spain, Mexico and the United States—and features numerous color plates as well as recipes and printings of menus from the Four Seasons and Sardi's in New York, the Ivy in London, the Tour d'Argent in Paris, Chicago's Whitehall Club and many more. "First Printing" on copyright page. Edited by Darlene Geis; with introductory essays by Cleveland Amory and Martha Hodge Amory, and an introduction by Vincent and Mary Price. With publisher's ribbon bookmarks; without scarce glassine.
A fine copy.