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AUDIGER]. La Maison réglée et l'art de diriger... - Lot 15 - Paris Enchères - Collin du Bocage
AUDIGER]. La Maison réglée et l'art de diriger la maison d'un grand seigneur, & autres, tant à la ville qu'à la campagne, & le devoir de tous les officiers, & autres domestiques en général. Paris, Michel Brunet, 1692. In-12, brown speckled calf, spine decorated, red title, speckled edges (period binding).
One blank page, title, (10) pages, 4 pp. (sonnet), 267 pp, (7) ff. of table, 6 folding plates of table plans.
First edition of this manual of domestic economy used for the management of seigneurial residences, both urban and village, divided into four parts.
The first two parts contain a description of the functions of the servants and the "dame de qualité". The attention is devoted to the table service whose different arrangements are shown on six folding plates. The third part gives the "Manière de règler d'autres Maisons de moindre conséquence". The fourth part contains the "Traité ou la véritable manière de faire toutes sortes d'eaux & de liqueurs à la mode d'Italie". It contains recipes not only for distillations but also for fruit-based lemonades, creams and ice creams, syrups and compotes, to finish with tea, chocolate and coffee.
The author, a maître d'hôtel and lemonade maker, remained famous for having offered the king, in the middle of winter, in January 1660, a case of green peas that he had just brought back from Genoa. He had previously stayed in Italy where he learned to make liqueurs and desserts. Back in Paris, he exercised his talents as a chef d'office in the greatest houses and contributed to the popularization of the use of liqueurs, tea, coffee and chocolate. He had the honor of preparing the liqueurs and jams that were served to the King when he dined at his brother's house in Saint-Cloud and to "serve them to him from his hand".
Issue to the address of Michel Brunet (there are two others: to the address of Le Gras and to those of Le Gras, Besonge and Foucault).
Copy well complete of all blank leaves (one at the head and three at the end) as well as of the 4 introductory pages containing verse pieces in honor of the author, which are often missing.
Some foxing, small tears without missing plates. Minor restorations to the binding, rubbing, one split jaw, stains.
Cagle, 49 - Vicaire, 53 - Livres en bouche, 141.
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