SIMMONDS, Peter Lund (1814-1897). The Curiosities of Food; or the Dainties and Delicacies of Different Nations Obtained from the Animal Kingdom. London: Richard Bentley, 1859.
8o (170 x 105 mm). Original purple diaper cloth, covers decorated in blind, spine gilt, uncut (spine a bit faded, corners and head and foot of the spine bumped). Provenance: John Yudkin (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. "The basis of the present volume is a lecture on the Curiosities of Food, which I delivered at several of the metropolitan literary institutions. Having been favourably received, -- from the novelty of the subject, and the singularity of the specimens from my private museum by which it was illustrated, -- I have been led to believe that it might prove generally interesting in a more amplified shape... many of the articles of food named are so outrageously repulsive, and the consideration of the subject, in a collected form, is altogether so new, that I have preferred citing authorities in all instances, so as to relieve myself from the charge of exaggeration, or the imputation of untenable assertations" (Preface).
HARVEY, William. On Corpulence in Relation to Disease: with some Remarks on Diet. London: Henry Renshaw, 1872. 8o (211 x 136 mm). Original black cloth, gilt (extremities rubbed, endleaves and some edges waterstained). Provenance: Thomas A. Mathieson (bookplate). FIRST EDITION. -- BANTING, William. Letter on Corpulence, Addressed to the Public. London: Harrison, 1864. 8o (208 x 130 mm). Modern quarter calf, marbled boards, gilt. Third edition. (3)