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SIMMONS, Owen.

The Book of Bread.

Maclaren & Sons, London , [1903] Stock Code: 107286
£1,500.00
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Notes

First edition of this handsome monograph illustrated with original photographs on the manufacture of bread. Simmons, a lecturer at the National Bakery School in London, commissioned the full-size black and white photos of different types of bread that appear in his work, writing: "However critical readers may be, they will be forced to admit that never before have they seen such a complete collection of prize loaves illustrated in such an excellent manner" (Parr & Badger). "Here, at the beginning of the twentieth century, one of the humblest, yet most essential of objects is catalogued as precisely, rigorously and objectively as any work by a 1980s conceptual artist" (ibid.).

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Description

Quarto. Original green cloth, titles to spine black and front board gilt, buff patterned endpapers.

Illustrations

With 12 chromolithograph plates, 8 tipped-in original photographs and 2 mounted silver gelatine prints.

Condition

Spine rolled, spine ends and tips lightly worn, rear hinge cracked but holding, contents mildly foxed. A very good copy.

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