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BOULESTIN, X.-Marcel.

Tableaux de Londres.

Published: Paris: Les Bibliophiles Fantaisistes, Dorbon-Ainé, 1912

Stock code: 105815

Price: £225

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First and limited edition, number 309 of 500 copies. Scarce: Copac locates only four copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Cambridge (two copies), London Library), OCLC adds seven copies worldwide, and KVK two more (Lausanne-Dorigny, Linköpings Stadsbibliotek). Xavier-Marcel Boulestin (1878-1943) was a French chef, restaurateur, and the author of cookery books, highly praised by Elizabeth David, that popularised French cuisine in the English-speaking world. He was also, from an early age, a passionate Anglophile and Tableaux de Londres is based on a number of his feuilletons originally published in various French magazines. The book is divided into two sections: Coins de Londres, which includes “Fumeries d’opium”, “Invasion Americaine”, “Londres d’automne”, “Le ‘Yiddish theatre’ Whitechapel”, and Manies Anglaises, which includes “Jeunes acteurs”, “Matinèes de gala”, and “Danseuses”.

Octavo. Original cream coloured wrappers, spine and front cover lettered in black and brown, untrimmed. Some foxing but an excellent copy, largely unopened.

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