New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1971. Coryn, Sidonie. Hardcover. Volume One: twentieth printing, quarto size, 734 pp., inscribed by Julia Child and additionally signed by Paul Child. Volume Two: sixth printing, quarto size, 643 pp. Very good + / good +. Item #20061001
Julia Child (1912-2004) is best known for this work, written with Simone Beck (1904-1991) and Louisette Bertholle (1905-1999), "Mastering the Art of French Cooking", the first volume of which was published in 1961. The cookbook introduced French cooking to an American audience and revolutionised the gourmet dining scene; all three authors trained at the prestigious French cooking school Le Cordon Bleu, and their recipes are tailored to Americans, capitalising on the surge of interest in French cooking in America after World War II.
The success of Volume One led to Julia Child getting her own cooking show, "The French Chef", in 1963, one of the first cooking programmes on American television. Pen and ink drawings are by Sidonie Coryn (1928-2015), and add charming visual instructions for various techniques and tools described in the book.
Volume One is inscribed by Julia Child on the half-title, simply, with "Bon Appetit! / Julia Child", directly beneath Paul Child has signed. Beneath his name, in a different colour ink, is "Jan 12-18-71", likely the name of the woman receiving the inscribed book with the date of the signing, corresponding with the publication date of this printing. Volume Two is not inscribed and is a sixth printing (March, 1973); both are housed in the publisher's slipcase, both with publisher's dust jackets.
___DESCRIPTION: Volume One: full white decorative cloth with red and blue fleur-de-lis pattern, red rectangle with white and black lettering on the front board and spine, top edge stained red, teal blue endpapers, title page in red and black, stated twentieth printing (May 1971) on the copyright page, black-and-white illustrations by Sidonie Coryn throughout; Granjon type, quarto size (10.25" by 7.25"), pagination: [i-vii] viii-x [xi-xiii] xiv-xv [xvi] [1-3] 4-684 [i] ii-xxxii (index) [xxxiii] [1 colophon]. Decorative publisher's dust jacket with small illustration inset on the front panel, black-and-white photograph by Paul Child on the back panel, summary of book on front flap and top half of back flap, short author bio on back flap; the jacket is unclipped although there is no printed price.
Volume Two: full white decorative cloth which mirrors, with colours reversed, the design of Volume One, blue rectangle with white and red lettering on the front and spine, top edge stained blue, red endpapers, title page in red and black, stated sixth printing (March 1973) on the copyright page, black-and-white illustrations by Sidonie Coryn throughout with technical drawings by Paul Child; Granjon type, quarto size (10.25" by 7.25"), pagination: [1, list of prior books tipped-in] [i-vii] viii-xxii [1-3] 4-556 [i-iii] iv-lxii (Index to both volumes) [lxiii, blank] [1 colophon]. Decorative publisher's dust jacket with sample illustrations and text regarding such on the back panel, summary of book on both flaps; the jacket is unclipped showing the price of $12.50.
The volumes are housed in a publisher's slipcase covered with purple paper stamped with a gold fleur-de-lis pattern, printed "labels" on the front and spine, publisher ad on the back.
___CONDITION: Volume One a bit better than very good, with a strong, square text block with solid hinges, straight corners with minimal rubbing, the interior is clean and bright, and other than the inscription as described above entirely free of prior owner markings; head and tail of the spine gently bumped, slight overall soiling to the boards and top and fore-edge of the text block, and a few of the interior pages have some very minor soiling; the dust jacket almost very good, entire, not clipped, mostly clean with light overall soiling, minor overall edgewear, sunning to the spine, and the head of the spine worn with several small chips and creases, some light wear to the tail of the spine.
Volume Two is near fine, the binding mostly clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the text block strong and square with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright and the volume entirely free of prior owner markings; would be fine but for light toning to the spine, light rubbing to the tail of the spine, same to the head with a two short closed tears (clearly a prior owner pried the books out of the slipcase by the head of the spines); the dust jacket not price-clipped, with minor soiling and edgewear, and a triagular chip out of the head of the spine.
Publisher's slipcase very good; entire, strong and sturdy, with minor overall wear to the paper covering, mostly to the top and bottom edges.
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