Instruction sur les Soupes Économiques.
SOCIETE PHILANTHROPIQUE (1812.)
£1000.00 [First Edition]
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Three plates, two vignettes. First edition. Pp. 24, errata page, 14. 8vo., an extremely handsome and fresh copy in an astoundingly good pastiche binding imitating contemporary French red morocco bindings, spine gilt. Paris, L'Imprimerie Impériale.
The first part of the work with two of the three plates is lifted straight from the fifth edition of a pamphlet of the same title issued by the Société Philanthropique with a few augmentations. The Société was concerned with soup kitchens to alleviate the hunger of the poor. The additional 14 pages, apparently unrecorded, are concerned with feeding armies in the field giving recipes and quantities, the additional plate shows how to set up a field kitchen.
Good solid soup, the sort one in which could stand a spoon, was an obsession of Napoleon's who believed it won battles. This government publication of 1812 is therefore inextricably connected to Napoleon's campaigns and the 14 page section at the end may well have been given to quartermasters at the height of his campaigns.
1 copy of the first part issued by the Société Philanthropique recorded in the Wellcome Institute. No other editions are recorded. 5 copies of the first part only issued by the L'Imprimerie Impériale listed at Yale, Library of Congress, National Library of Medicine, Koninklijke and Tresaor. The second part is unrecorded.
Stock Code: 118484