Here Let Us Feast: A Book of Banquets, M.F.K. Fisher, 1946: First edition, first printing copy of a brilliant book by M.F.K. Fisher. She excerpts descriptions of feasts from many, many great, classsic works of British and American literature. Then, Fisher weaves them, along with her own commentary, into a profound discussion of feasting.
Hard cover book 491 pages. Published in 1946 by The Viking Press, New York. This copy is in excellent vintage condition. The pages are lightly and uniformly tanned. The cover has a moderate amount of shelf wear. The binding is absolutely sound. This book is definitely gift quality.
The New York Times reviewer said, “For her latest excursion into the art or science of gastronomy is more an anthology of the finest writing on the subject than strictly a text of her own composition. Here are extensive excerpts from such widely diversified writers as Edgar Saltus, Petronius Arbiter, Tobias Smollett, Lucius Apuleius, Ovid, Rabelais, Plato and others. Mrs. Fisher begins her book with the introductory verse to the King James Version of the Bible: ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.’ And she concludes with long excerpts from gastronomic Americana, ranging from Washington Irving to Ernest Hemingway. Spread thickly in between is a royal feast, indeed!”
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