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First Use of "Gastronomy"  

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Gastronomy, or The Bon-Vivant's Guide: A Poem, in Four Cantos

Berchoux, Joseph


J. Booth



[4], 42, [2] ad pp. 10½x8", full red crushed morocco, spine lettered in gilt, a.e.g. First Edition in English.

Berchoux's poem was the first time the word "gastronomy" was used, when it was first published in French in 1801. He defined the new term as “Passion of eating good food, hygienically and well prepared, enjoyable delicious cuisine, food layout and preparation method.” Armorial bookplate of William Cecil Chambers, a member of English nobility.

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Ex-library with label taped across spine to lower front cover, Newport Public Library bookplate to front pastedown, and deaccession rubber stamps to title page (man, libraries - sheesh). Rubbing to spine and extremities; offset from removed labels to front free endpaper & verso of title, faint dampstaining to lower extremities of front pastedown and first several pages, else good.

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