Item #10381 The Epicure's Year Book 1868. W. Blanchard Jerrold.
The Epicure's Year Book 1868
The Epicure's Year Book 1868
The Epicure's Year Book 1868

The Epicure's Year Book 1868

London, Bradbury, Evans & Co, 1868.
Second-hand hardcover

[Jerrod. W Blanchard]. The Epicure's Year Book & Table Companion [1868]. Bradbury, Evans & Co: London, 1868. 8vo (170x120mm) green blindstamped bds, gilt decorated, t.e gilt 234,[6]pp. VG/- rehinged, edges lightly rubbed; armorial bookplate to fpd



FIN-BEC. (pseud) [JERROD, W Blanchard  [William Blanchard (1826-1884)]

The Epicure's Year Book & Table Companion [1868]

London : Bradbury, Evans & Co, 1868. First Edition. Printed by Bradbury, Evans, and Co., printers, Whitefriars.

Octavo (170x120mm)  green blind stamped boards, gilt decorated spine and upper board, beveled edges, top edges gilt xii,[16],234,[6 advertisements]pp: π⁶,b⁸,B-Q⁸.  Title-page vignette and ornamental initials by John Leighton, each page in a ruled border.  Boards edges lightly rubbed, a few blemishes, spine head and tail worn, small tears and blemish; rear board lightly scuffed; corners gently bruised; re-hinged probably early 20th century; sporadic faint foxing not affecting the text; some marginal notations and underlining in pencil, internally otherwise near fine; binder's ticket to rear paste down "Bound by [Ed]monds & Remnants, London"; bookplate with a delicate engraved scene and armorial crest  "Peter Archie Denny, Captain. 1st Bn Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders", and bookseller label remnant to front paste down.


Jerrold was a journalist, playwright, editor and author in mid-Victorian London.  He wrote a number of successful plays, books on French history and culture before acquiring in his 40s a reputation as a gourmet. Whereupon, under the pseudonym 'Fin-Bec' he wrote  The Epicure's Year-Book 1868 and a second volume for 1869 and The Dinner Bell (1878). and edited a periodical, The Knife and Fork (1871–2), which began as a monthly and became a twopenny weekly.

Here, Jerrold records in some detail, after a survey of the current state of marketing, setting the table and  the gastronomic events of 1867, the significant dinners with menus and winelists, a review of the 1867 Exhibition in Paris, new and cheap foods (commenting at length on Badham's Esculent Fungi of Britain), and new books on gastronomy (reviewing Gouffé, the Baron Brisse, Francatelli, and two books on wine) as well as providing advice on kitchen economies and easy and dainty dishes.  He concludes with a 'scrap book' of quotations and a suggested bibliography for any Epicure's library.

Captain Denny (1892-1938) was the fourth son of Sir Archibald Denny of Dumbarton (the Scottish shipbuilder who led his pre-eminent Leven shipyard in the late 19th and early 20th century).  Like his father before him, Captain Denny served with the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, seeing action in WWI before transferring to the RAF.  John Leighton (1822-1912) was an artist, illustrator, book decorator and designer of ex-libris. He was best known for his designs for frontispieces and decorative borders.


A fascinating insight into mid-Victorian gastronomy and dining.


§  OCLC records 13 holdings;
§  Neither in Axford, Bitting, Cagle nor Simon BG.

Item #10381

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