Sep 24, 2020 - Sale 2546

Sale 2546 - Lot 266

Price Realized: $ 4,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
POSSIBLY THE FIRST PUBLISHED MEXICAN COOKBOOK (MEXICAN COOKERY.) [Simón Blanquel.] Novísimo arte de cocina, ó Escelente coleccion de las mejores recetas. 2 plates. 245, xxviii pages. Small 8vo, contemporary tree calf, minor wear; lacking front free endpaper; minor dampstaining; edges tinted yellow. Mexico: Alejandro Valdés, 1831

Additional Details

First edition of possibly the first cookbook printed in Mexico (Rivera's Cocinero Mejicano was issued the same year). Sections include soups, salads, meat, fish, baked goods, desserts, and candies. The recipes are not exclusively Mexican--they also include French, Italian, and English cuisine--but many recipes feature distinctly Mexican ingredients and preparations, such as stuffed avocados (aguacates rellenos) on page 28, mole poblano on page 34, and quesadillas on page 79. The engraved plates are adapted from the 1826 meat-serving pamphlet "Arte de trinchar y servir las viandas," which is included here as pages 231-245 (see Swann's Mathes sale, 6 November 2014, lot 464). Cagle 1197; this edition not in Bitting or Palau.