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Lot 0087
Heading: (Cooking)
Title: Early Japanese cookbook
Place Published: [Japan]
Date Published: [c.1841]

With 3 woodblock prints by Eisen [Keisai Eisen], a somewhat faded color print, a 2 page b&w bird's eye view of the Fukugawa area of Tokyo with the location of Funabashiya indicated, and a 2 page b&w print of Funabashiya. Text in Japanese. (12mo) 18.5x13 cm (7¼x5"), string bound wrapper. First Edition.

This Japanese volume concerns a famous traditional cake shop in Tokyo's Fukugawa area called Funabashiya, famous for its cakes and other traditional specialty foods. The work contains descriptions of the many traditional and specialty foods prepared by the shop, with detailed descriptions of the basic materials needed, how the various ingredients are weighed, prepared, and generally made ready for sale. Includes a two page color print showing labels used when offering goods for sale - with names like Dragon Field, Matsutake, Dawn, and One Thousand Birds. The final page lists other available cookbooks. A scarce and unusual title.


Some wear and soiling to wraps; closed tear to edge of first page; some general light wear to interior; very good.

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Japanese cookbook circa 1841

Estimate $500 - $800Jun 28, 2018
San Francisco, CA, USA