The Gentleman's Companion.
Volume 1: Being an Exotic Cookery Book, or, Around the World with Knife, Fork and Spoon. Volume II: Being an Exotic Drinking Book, or, Around the World with Jigger, Beaker and Flask.New York: The Derrydale Press, 1939 Stock Code: 143724
First edition, first printing; limited to 1,250 copies, both volumes numbered 98. The first volume is warmly inscribed by the author, "With mine good wishes, always, Charles H. Baker". Charles H. Baker was a writer for Esquire magazine, based in Florida, and was known as the "Town & Country Gourmet". He was regarded by the Hemingway set as the pinnacle of knowledge in all matters of the good life, notably food, drink, and travel, to the better enjoyment of which this production is dedicated. The book takes the form of a gastronomic world-tour, wittily described with anecdote and an excellent turn of phrase. The recipes themselves, drawn from around the world, are in fact none the worse for their comedic conveyance.
2 volumes, octavo. Original burgundy cloth-backed boards, red buckram sides, titles gilt to spines.
Humorous photographic frontispieces to both volumes.
Bookseller's ticket to volume 1. Spines somewhat dulled, ends and corners rubbed, cloth sides faintly marked, entirely clean within; very good condition.
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