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115. GANCEL, Joseph. Gancel’s Ready Reference Book of Menu Terms. The Most Complete and Concise Glossary of over 5000 names ever compiled and published. New York. Joseph Gancel. [1910].


8vo., original cloth lettered in gilt on upper board. A very good copy.

First edition. “The prevailing custom among the best Hotels and Restaurants of printing their menus in French has resulted in a continually ncreasing number of guests who demand of the waiter a description of a dish before ordering it. The waiter frequently guesses, often wide of the mark, and the result is a disappoitment and dissatisfied guest; or the waiter bothers a “too busy” chef whose description is necessarily brief, hurried and incomplete...My aim therefore in compling this book has been to supply Head-waiters and Waiters with immediate, accurate and

sufficiently detailed information to enable them to quickly furnish a patron with a satisfactory description of any dish on the menu.” (Preface).

H.L. Mencken fulsomely reviewed the book: “M. Joseph Gancel, the eminent chef of the Hotel Belleclaire, has

composed and published his Ready Reference of Menu Terms, an exhaustive and excellent encyclopedia of the whole subject, and the fruit, as M. Gancel says with all due modesty, of thirty-five years of hard service in the most artistic kitchens of Europe and America and of intimate association with the most learned chefs of the age. M. Gancel dedicates his work to twenty-nine of these artists, mentioning them by name in alphabetical order - from M. Anjard of the Waldorf-Astoria to M. Vautrin of the Pavilion d’Armenonville in Paris, and including that serene highness among cooks, M. Letors, chief of the culinary studios of M. le Baron de Rothschild of Vienna. It is a book of overwhelming merits, a book fairly bulging with information. It gives the formulae of 150 separate and distinct sauces, of 400 omelettes, of no less than 600 soups! What is to be said of such a one-volume library, of such a bottomless pit of learning? The reviewer stands flabbergasted, paralyzed, silent.

He tries to tell us in his book, not how crabs should be cooked, but how they are cooked. He is not responsible for the crimes of culinary anarchists, the blunders of ignoramuses. His aim is to give the public a sort of new Rosetta Stone for the interpretation of menu card Egyptian, and that aim he achieves in a comprehensive and masterly manner. “

This copy with the ownership inscription of Emile Durand, head chef for the Miami -Biltmore Kitchen and also chef of the Biltmore Golf and Country Club, earning him the nickname of “The Golfing Chef”. Durand’s career saw him at the Hotel de’ Louvre and the Bristol in Paris, and then at Claridge’s in London before crossing the Atlantic in 1913. He started at the Biltmore in New York as assistant to Louis Seres where he remained until 1923 when the Biltmore Westchester was opened.

116. GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS. CHAUCER, Geoffrey. Troilus and Criseyde. Edited by Arundell del Re. Golden Cockerel Press. 1927.


Small folio. Original quarter red-brown niger morocco, panelled spine lettered in gilt, patterned board sides, top edges gilt, others untrimmed; wood-engraved pictorial title-page, 5 full-page illustrations, 4 tail-pieces, and 60 decorative borders from wood-engravings by Eric Gill; printed in black, red and blue; a little fading to the spine, front and rear endpapers skillfully replaced by Bernard Middleton, but a very nice copy, housed in a later cloth covered slipcase.

One of 219 numbered copies printed on Kelmscott hand-made paper. There were also 6 copies printed on vellum.

One of the three great books of the Golden Cockerel Press together with the Four Gospels and The Canterbury Tales. Of the three this is limited to a much smaller quantity of only 225 copies.

117. CHAUCER, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales. With Wood Engravings by Eric Gill. Printed and Published at the Golden Cockerel Press. 1929-31.


Folio. 4 vols.; original quarter niger morocco, spines lettered in gilt, decorated board sides, top edges gilt, others uncut; many wood-engraved head-pieces, tail-pieces and leaf-spray borders by Eric Gill, initials printed in red and blue; very slight varience of colour to spines, bookplate of John C.S. Rashleigh in each volume, otherwise a near fine set of this handsome production.

Limited to 500 copies, this being number 38 of 485 copies on Batchelor hand-made paper. The format is uniform with that of the Golden Cockerel Press edition of Troilus and Criseyde, also illustrated by Eric Gill. These works, together with the magnificent Four Gospels, form three of the outstanding achievements of the British private press movement.

Evan Gill 281. Chanticleer 63 (“Beautiful Books!”).

John Cosmo Stuart Rashleigh (1872-1961) was a medical practioner of Okehampton in Devon. His collection, which was formed separately from the earlier family collections, was sold in three auctions in 1953. He collected practically everything in the ancient series, greek, roman and byzantine in all metals. and English, colonial, foreign, tokens and tickets and medals.

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