Picnics for Motorists.London: George Routledge & Sons, 1936 Stock Code: 134171
First edition, extremely uncommon in the attractive Alex Jardine jacket. One of Leyel's cleverly targeted series of themed books on cooking and presentation, issued under the banner "The Lure of Cookery" - "most serviceable and attractive little books" Daily Telegraph - part of a 1930s renaissance of interest in English food.
"There are many people with cars who make a regular habit of spending Saturday or Sunday in the country - with a hamper of food they are independent of hotels and can eat their meals in any part of the country that they chose No one is too young or too old to delight in such simple pleasure as a picnic in lovely surroundings, and there is no better way of spending a hot day" (Preface). Hilda Leyel was best known as "a specialist in traditional plant lore and proprietor of the Culpeper stores" (Harris, Romantic Moderns, p.122), but she also responsible for the volumes in this eminently practical series, which also included Diet for Children, Meals on a Tray, Cakes of England, and Cold Savoury Meals. Her work is now seen as part of a revival in English food, "With Florence White, she set the tone for a series of books which would open new possibilities for English cookery. They answered, on the one hand, to the spirit of modern experiment and, on the other, to the rich, marginalised traditions of English food" (ibid.). Charming and entirely of its time; its character rather well suggested by the epigraph: "This little book was inspired by a picnic near Itchenor, given in the summer of 1935 by the owner of a white Peke to the owner of a white Alsatian"..
Octavo. Original red cloth, titled in black on the spine. With the striking pictorial dust jacket.
Very good in slightly rubbed, price-clipped jacket, overall an excellently preserved copy, very good.
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