A Commonplace Book of Cookery by Robert Grabhorn
Illustrated with Vignettes from Engravings in École des Cuisinières, Paris, 1875
Arion Press, 1975, Limited to 425 Copies
Full Title: A Commonplace Book of Cookery: A Collection of Proverbs, Anecdotes, Opinions and Obscure Facts on Food, Drink, Cooks, Cooking, Dining, Diners & Dieters, dating from ancient times to the present
This is a limited edition of “A Commonplace Book of Cookery” published by the Arion Press in 1975 with a limitation of 450 copies. From M.F.K. Fisher’s preface, “Commonplace books are rarely compiled by commonplace people. Robert Grabhorn was a San Francsico fine printer and publisher who also worked diligently at the arts of eating and drinking. Thanks to his lifelong habits of reading, clipping, and filing, his "fever for the printed word," we can, with him, "pluck gastronomical crumbs from off and from under the tables of the great, sub-great, superficial wits and thinkers of History." A Commonplace Book of Cookery is a celebration of food and drink, a feast to be ravenously entered into or ceremoniously nibbled at, a banquet of offerings producing flavors of recognition and surprise, delight, wit, and wisdom.
Measuring 9.5” x 5.5” and containing 176 pages, the book is bound in a blue cloth spine with paper label and grey decorated paper over boards. Printed throughout in black, blue, and terra-cotta, the types are Monotype Garamont, handset Narciss and Typo Upright Script enclosed in Fournier borders. The paper is Inveresk cream mouldmade.
The book is in FINE condition with no flaws.
A photograph of the binding appears in the photo section of the listing.
About the Arion Press
Since its inception in 1974, the Arion Press has published 118 deluxe limited editions that are breathtaking in their scope and artistry. Combining notable literature illustrated with original artwork from prominent artists, Andrew Hoyem and his team at the Arion Press have carried on the tradition of the livre d’artiste in spectacular fashion. Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times put it best when he wrote, "The Arion Press produces some of the most beautiful limited-edition, hand printed books in the world."