First Edition of Possibly the First Cookbook Printed in Mexico
COOKERY. BLANQUEL, Simón. Novísimo Arte de Cocina. ó Escelente coleccion de las mejores recetas para que al menor costo posible, y con la mayor comodidad, pueda guisarse a la espanola, francesa, italiana e inglesa; sin omitirse cosa alguna de lo hasta aqui publicado, para sazonar al estilo de nuestra pais. lleva anadido lo mas selecto que se encuentra acerca de la reposteria; el arte de trinchar &c., con dos graciosisimas estampas que aclaren mejor este ultimo tratadito. Dedicado l las senoritas Mexicanas. C. Alejandro Valdés
First edition of possibly the first cookbook printed in Mexico, (Rivera's Cocinero Mexicano was issued the same year). Small octavo (5 3/4 x 3 7/8 inches; 145 x 97 mm). 245, [1, blank], (xxviii, index). With two engraved plates. ("The engraved plates are adapted from the 1826 meat-serving pamphlet 'Arte de trinchar y servir las viandas,')

Full contemporary tree calf. Orange morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. All edges yellow. Lacking front free endpaper. Some staining on pages 5-8, and some other occasional minor ink stains. A closed tear on page 207, with no loss of text. Overall a very nice and clean copy.

This book contains the first recorded mole recipes. ((Que Vivan Los Tamales!: Food and the Making of Mexican Identity. By Jeffrey M. Pilcher, page 171).

"This interesting book describes the preparation of various kinds of soups, salads, appetizing preparations of various kinds of meats, beans, chicken with mole, enchiladas, tortillas, fish, pastries, jellies, etc. A complete index appears at the back. The book is dedicated to the Mexican senoritas." (Parke Bernet).

HBS # 68370 $11,000