With the first gastronomic map of France

[Charles Louis Cadet de Gassicourt], COURS GASTRONOMIQUE, OU LES DINERS DE MANANT-VILLE, Paris, 1809 .
8vo. xx, 17-364 plus folding engraved map. 2nd ed. Original ½ calf over marbled paper boards.

This small volume of essays on food, food science, food culture and related topics appeared at a turning point in the history of French gastronomy.

“Cadet de Gassicourt was a member of the gastronomic dining club and an avocat-turned-pharmacist who was in fact the nephew of [the chemist] Antoine Alexis Cadet de Veau. Thus he was well placed to appreciate both sides of the science-gastronomy divide. The Cours gastronomic was an attempt to reconcile the two positions by making scientific knowledge an obligatory part of gastronomic expertise.” (Maxine Berg and Helen Clifford, Consumers and Luxury: Consumer Culture in Europe 1650-1850, pp. 177-178)

For the map collector the highlight is the large engraved Carte Gastronomique de la France (15.5″h x 18″w), apparently the first of its kind. The map employs tiny pictorial vignettes to depict the diverse culinary wealth of France’s regions, while below the title a large engraving of a grotto bears the name of dozens of the nation’s great epicures.

OCLC #13821198 et al, listing numerous institutional holdings. There is no record of the map having appeared on the antiquarian map market.


Occasional foxing, small mended tear to map at point of binding. Covers a bit scuffed and bumped.