THE ART OF DINNER GIVING. George D. Carroll.
THE ART OF DINNER GIVING
THE ART OF DINNER GIVING
THE ART OF DINNER GIVING

THE ART OF DINNER GIVING

NY: Dempsey and Carroll, 1880. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Trade catalog non pareil of Dempsey & Carroll, "The Art Stationers of America" that remains, since its founding, the premiere purveyor of elegant engraved social stationery. In 1878, engraver John Dempsey and business man George Carroll, "collaborated on the founding of a company that would not only provide its customers with luxury writing papers but also offer advice on etiquette and proper decorum in a variety of social settings" according the company's 2020 website. Indeed, this catalog does just that. The title page lists the company's address as 46 East 14th Street, in fact, where the business first opened, "at Union Square (South) bet. B'way and University Place, store of the Meridan Britannia Company." Published just two years after the firm's founding, the catalog showcases the firm's exemplary work in dinner invitation and menus. 8vo, bound in fine-weave dark green cloth and decorations and titles stamped in red, gilt-edged all around, engraved frontispiece, 128p. The first 40 pages of text promote the nature and quality of Dempsey and Carroll engarving and printing, its general pricing, the history of cuisine and banquets (including those of Queen Victoria) and instructions on all manner of social manners involving dining - use of knife and fork, table etiquette, the inviting of guests, different wine glasses and their uses, menus and courses in French and English, etc. Pages 40 - 128 reprint 50 invitations and menus that Dempsey and Carroll printed for all sorts of occasions involving honorees like General Grant or venues at The Lotus Club, The Union League, Delmonico, hotels, private residences, etc. The book concludes with recommended Bill of Fares for each quarter of the year. The piece de resistance of the catalog is engraved frontispiece, protected by a tissue guard, of the coat of arms of Prince Albert, consort to Victoria. We can't imagine a better preserved copy with just traces of spotting here and there in the text. Near Fine. Item #011827

Price: $875.00

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