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44. The Physiology of Taste by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, with art by Wayne Thiebaud

The Physiology of Taste by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, translated from the French by M. F. K. Fisher, with a note on this edition by Diana Ketcham, and over 200 drawings and nine color lithographs by Wayne Thiebaud, 1994.

Pages with color lithograph of rooster by Wayne Thiebaud. This culinary classic was first published in Paris in 1825, the year before the author's death. It is a rumination on the living of life, not merely on food and drink that sustain life, and it is this largeness of purpose, its wisdom, and sense of humor that have endeared this book to an ever-larger audience on both sides of the Atlantic over the hundred and seventy years since it was issued. M. F. K. Fisher, one of America's great writers, found her voice while translating Brillat-Savarin in 1948, and The Physiology of Taste became a model for her own articles and books. Wayne Thiebaud is a world-renowned artist, whose pictures of food are among his best-known images. In addition to familiar subjects, such as pastries in rows, he has made a vast array of drawings, touching on the animal and vegetable life that informs this book.

EDITION & PRICE

Slipcase and binding with lithographs by Wayne Thiebaud.Format: 13-7/8 by 10-1/4 inches, 356 numbered pages plus nine unnumbered leaves for the prints. The types are Monotype Neo Didot and handset Bodoni Bold. The paper is French mouldmade Lana Royale for the text, with a heavier weight for the prints. The lithographs were printed by Trillium Graphics. The binding is full cloth, in cloth slipcase, decorated with lithographs by Thiebaud. Numbered and signed by the artist. Edition of 200 copies, $2,500.00. Out of print.

An extra suite of nine color lithographs by Wayne Thiebaud was issued with the book. The images are the same, except for two, which are larger than in the book. The paper is Rives BFK, 250 gram weight, 20 by 16 inches. Presented with title page in cloth portfolio box. The prints are numbered and signed by the artist. Edition of 20 sets, sold with the book, $10,000.00. Out of print.


Title page and frontispiece portrait of Brillat-Savarin by Wayne Thiebaud.
Title page and frontispiece portrait of Brillat-Savarin by Wayne Thiebaud.


Pages with opening of first meditation and drawings by Wayne Thiebaud.


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Edition Available: The format is 13-7/8 by 10-1/4 inches, 356 numbered pages. Bound in full cloth, in slipcase. Numbered and signed by the artist. The edition is limited to 200 copies for sale. Price: $2,500. Out of print.

Extra suite of nine color lithographs by Wayne Thiebaud: the paper is 20 by 16 inches, in portfolio box. Numbered and signed by the artist. The edition is limited to 20 sets, sold with the book. Price: $10,000. Out of print.