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If you are looking for a copy of a long-lost family cookbook from your childhood, take a look through the pages of the rare and collectible cookbooks section of the Biblio Rare Book Room. There is a large selection from which to choose, all curated by our professional booksellers. Many of the rare and antique books featured below are hard-to-find first editions of favorite and traditional cookbooks, with authors like Julia Child, Anthony Bourdain, and Irma S. Rombauer.


New York: D. D. Smith, 1805. First Edition. Hardcover. Lacking the endpapers; small chip at the top of the spine. A clean, attractive, unsophisticated copy in original binding of a scarce and important book. Twentyfourmo (3-3/8" x 5-3/8") bound in origi…

From Charles Agvent


Nouveau traité de la cuisine, Avec de nouveaux desseins de tables et vingt-quatre menus ; Où l’on apprend ce que l’on doit servir suivant chaque Saison, en gras, en maigre, & en Pâtisserie ; & très-utiles à toutes les personnes qui s’en mêlent, tant pour ordonner, que pour exécuter toutes sortes de nouveaux ragoûts, & des plus à la mode. by MENON

A Paris, chez Paulus-Du-Mesnil, 1739. 2 volumes 12mo [165 x 95 mm] of : I/ (1) bl.l., viii pp., (2) ll., 456 pp., (12) ll., 8 folding plates; II/ (18) ll., 386 pp., (1) bl.l. Bound in full marbled calf, spines ribbed and gilt, red edges. Some waterstainin…



The Joy of Cooking. A compilation of reliable recipes with a casual culinary chat by Rombauer, Irma S

St. Louis, MO: [the author]; A.C. Clayton Printing Co, 1931. Octavo (20.5 x 14 cm.), [32], 395 pages. Illustrated with chapter silhouettes and with a dust jacket design by Marion Rombauer. FIRST EDITION, privately published by the author in an edition of…

From Rabelais - Fine Books on Food & Drink


Correspondence from Julia Child to Beverly Jackson, with photographs and other materials by Child, Julia; Beverly Jackson

[Santa Barbara ; Cambridge, 2003. A convolute of correspondence, photographs, and other materials documenting the relationship between American icon Julia Child, and Beverly Jackson, reporter, novelist, collector, and a legend of the social circles of Sa…

From Rabelais - Fine Books on Food & Drink


THE QUEENS CLOSET OPENED. Incomparable secrets in physick, chirurgery, preserving, candying, and cookery as they were presented to the Queen. by W.M. (Sometimes attributed to William Montague).:

[London], Printed for Nathaniel Brook at the Angel in Cornhill, 1655.. Title continued: By the most experienced persons of our times, many whereof they were honoured with her own practice, when she pleased to descend to these more private recreations. Ne…

From Roger Middleton


[The first Italian food and wine guide] Commentario de le più notabili et mostruose cose d’Italia et altri luoghi, di lingua Aramea in Italiana tradotto. Con un breve catalogo de gli inventori de le cose che si mangiano et beveno, novamente ritrovato by [Lando Ortensio (Milano, ca. 1512-Venezia, 1553)]

Due parti in un volume in-8°, cc. 71, [1]. Bell'esemplare, con legatura coeva in pergamena. L'opera del Lando è legata con Symeoni, Comentario alla Tetrarchia di Vinegia, 1548. Provenienza: al frontespizio, antiche annotazioni manoscritte e nota di pos…

From Chartaphilus - Libri antichi e rari


Healths Improvement; or, Rules comprizing and discovering the nature, method, and manner of preparing all sorts of food used in this nation. Written by that ever famous Thomas Muffett ... Cor. and enl. by Christopher Bennet .. by Muffett, Thomas [Moffett (1553-1604); Bennet, Christopher (1617-1655), editor]

London: Printed by T. Newcomb for S. Thomson, 1655. Quarto (17 x 11 cm.), 8, 296 pages; signatures: A-Pp4 (incorrectly numbered - skipping J & V - yet complete). Woodcut initials, and section ornaments. "Imprimatur" leaf from the Royal College of Surgeon…

From Rabelais - Fine Books on Food & Drink


Espargne-Bois C'Est a Dire, Nouvelle Et Parci-Devant Non Commune, ni mise en lumiere, invention de certains et divers fourneaux artificiels. par François Keslar ... Maintenant publiee en françois pour le bien ... de tous ceux qui usent de ceste langue by [Stoves]; Keslar, Francois [Franz Kessler]

Oppenheim: Par Iean Theodore dé Bry marchant libraire & bourgeois d'Oppenheim qui est sur le Rhin, 1619. Small quarto (19.5 x 14 cm.), [7], 8-72 pages, five plates engraved on copper, one folding. ~ FIRST FRENCH LANGUAGE EDITION and FIRST SEPARATE EDITI…

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Een Vruchtenmandje. [A Fruit Basket] by Bodenheim, Nelly (illustrator). Verses by Lizzy Ansingh

Amsterdam: De Spieghel, 1927. Portfolio (29 x 21cm), [48] pages, with twenty one hand-colored plates, all on a sturdy, thick card stock . FIRST EDITION, limited & signed, Roman numeral III of seven copies in portfolio form, signed by Bodenheim. There was…

From Rabelais - Fine Books on Food & Drink


HEALTHS IMPROVEMENT; Or, Rules Comprizing And Discovering The Nature, Method, and Manner of Preparing All Sorts of Food Used in This Nation, Written by that ever famous Thomas Muffett, Doctor in Physick. by MUFFETT, Thomas [Moffett].:

London, printed by Tho: Newcomb for Samuel Thomson, at the sign of the White Horse in Pauls Churchyard, 1655.. FIRST EDITION 1655, corrected and enlarged by Christopher Bennet, Doctor in Physick, and fellow of the College of Physitians in London. Small 4…

From Roger Middleton


John Slater, Patent Steam Kitchen Manufacturer. by Trade catalogue - [Steam ovens-Gastronomy]

Early illustrated trade catalogue of steam ovens.Mounted on front pastedown an engraved patent label with 2 illustrations of the stove, 20 numbered engraved leaves, of which 8 double-page, showing kitchen ranges, including portable models, necessary pots,…

From Acanthus Antiquariaat


[One page autograph letter signed.] by [Manuscript - ALS]; Rombauer, Irma

St Louis. MO, 1940. One page autographed letter signed, from Irma Rombauer, author of The Joy of Cooking, and a major figure in the history of American cooking. Addressed to Louise [Diallo],The last name was supplied by the seller and is not indicated on…

From Rabelais - Fine Books on Food & Drink


Autograph Letter Signed ("Julia Child"), to Mrs. Fairbanks by Child, Julia

Paris, 1953. One and one half page pen and ink letter (26.5 x 21.5 cm.) on single sheet of pale blue Paul Cushing Child stationery, with ink date stamp ("May 18 1953"), addressed, "USIS. 5 Place de Rome, Marseille (B du Rh)". ~ An early letter from Julia…

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