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    Important Scientific Books: The Richard Green Library

    17 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 309

    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.

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    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).

    [With:]

    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)


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