KITCHEN PRELUDE (Mes Metiers)

London: Contsable, 1932. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Scarce English translation of a food-worker's memoir by Pierre Kamp, a pseudonym for Henri Bourillon (1876- 1962), the French writer known for "his hyper-realistic descriptions of the world of work and the working class" (Wikipedia). This memoir focuses on his experience as a young man as an apprentice pastry chef in Paris and cook in England. Kamp wrote 40 books on the lives of the working class. He was a Socialist, Dreyfus supporter, pacifist and active leftist. The scarce pictorial dustjacket is by British artist (of Irish Catholic descent) Gladys Hynes (1888 - 1958) that illustrates explicitly Hamp's view: a lavish dining room at the top half of the cover, and the hardworking chefs in the kitchen in the bottom half of the cover. The graphic design is 1930's expressionistic in style. The book cloth covers are a bit spotted, the internals near fine. No names, inscriptons or bookplates. Dustjacket spine is a wee tanned and has a narrow patch missing head of spine. The rear panel is soiled. Very Good+ / Very Good. Item #011451

Price: $975.00