Sylvestre DUFOURTraitez nouveaux & curieux du café, du thé et du chocolate. Ouvrage également nécessaire aux médecins, & à tous ceux qui aiment leur santé.
Suivant la copie de Lyon, à La Haye, chez Adrien Moetjens, 1685.
12mo, contemporary full brown calf, spine gilt with five raised bands, gilt lettering. 403 pp., 2 unnumbered leaves [pp. 217-240 misbound]. Decorated initials, headpieces, engraved frontispiece and 3 fine plates. Complete.
The first French theoretical treatise on the subject, a classic early work on the reception of coffee, tea and chocolate in Europe and a standard reference for the early history and methods of preparation, here in the Dutch reprint of the Lyon edition of the same year.
Published first as an anonymous work in 1671 [and thus sometimes erroneously ascribed to Jacob Spon], the book was considerably revised and enlarged and published almost as a new book in 1685. The three plates depict a Turk drinking coffe, a Chinese drinking tea and an American Indian drinking chocolate, with the relevant plant shown in the lower part of each engraving. The author traded in drugs at Marseilles (France) and developped many links with the East; he is credited with being the first to be interested in a chemical analysis of coffee and its effects on the health of humans (Ben Kinmont).
A very good copy in contemporary binding.
19thC. manuscript ownership inscription on first blank leaf.
Ref. Bitting, p. 134 / Cordier, Bibl. Sinica, I, 491 / Mueller, p. 67 / Oberlé, Fastes, 733 (Lyon edition) / Vicaire, 293