Portrait, xvi and 379 pp.
First edition of this anonymous collection which begins with a long note on the history of gastronomy, from prehistoric times to the present. The second part, devoted to theory and practice, gives numerous recipes. The third part contains the talks and anecdotes mentioned in the title. The last part, entitled "la gastrologie spéculative" gives a philosophical scope to the work.
Autograph signed letter from the author "to Mr Doucerain".
Some foxing. Binding slightly rubbed, faded.
Vicaire, 880; Bitting, 519.