Paris, Just Tessier, Libraire, 1838 (fifth edition)/ 1826.
Octavo, two volumes, [iv], 384 and [iv], 412 pages.
Early half morocco and marbled boards; spines lettered in gilt and stamped in blind; very light wear to the extremities; scattered foxing (moderate in places); trifling signs of use and age; an excellent set with the private library bookplate of Gabriel Faroult, Rouen, in each volume.
An early edition of the principal work by the father of gastronomic writing; all but the first edition are posthumous publications. Offered with an autograph document (a single sheet, quarto, written both sides) signed at the head of the first page by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826) in his capacity as magistrate of the Court of Cassation. The document (docketed 29 January 1819 in a clerical hand) concerns the appeal of one Marcelline Faveyrial de Gerphanion in an interesting test case on succession through the maternal line, reported extensively in French law journals of the period. Brillat-Savarin concludes in a characteristically arch and flamboyant style: 'Ainsi le Rapporteur est veritablement affligé, chagrin, desolé, desesperé de ne pouvoir pas eviter un peu de travail a Monsiegneur l'avocat general [sic]'. Bitting, pages 60-61 (not this edition); Cagle 98-102 (not this edition); Simon 253 (second edition only); Vicaire, columns 116-121 (not this edition).
Bitting, pages 60-61 (not this edition); Cagle 98-102 (not this edition); Simon 253 (second edition only); Vicaire, columns 116-121 (not this edition).