Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - November - 2012 Issue

Food and Drink from Sophie Schneideman Rare Books

Simmonsbread

Bread as art.

For those who prefer drink to food, item 70 is A Treatise on the Culture of the Vine... by William Speechly. The book has been described as a “practical, well-written and beautifully printed manual.” Speechly was the gardener for the Third Duke of Portland. The Third Duke inherited a whole lot of stuff, and also served as Prime Minister and Chancellor at Oxford, the latter two flowing from the first. He also encouraged his talented gardener to write a book, with the result this book, which covers 50 species of grapes. Offered is a 1790 first edition, the book having been reprinted twice in the 19th century. £1,750 (US $2,823).

Item 40 is an unusual book. It is The Book of Bread, by Owen Simmons, published in 1903. It has been described as, “An extraordinary, obsessive monograph on bread, and a masterpiece of unintentional photographic art...” Simmons commissioned a series of large photographs of bread, not realizing they would be perceived as works of art. See the picture on this page for an example. £900 (US $1,452).

Sophie Schneideman Rare Books may be reached at 020 8354 7365 or sophie@ssrbooks.com. Their website is www.ssrbooks.com.

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    <b>Swann June 30:</b> Edward Hopper, <i>The Railroad,</i> etching, 1922. $70,000 to $100,000.
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    <b>Swann June 30:</b> John Marin, <i>Woolworth Building, No. 2,</i> etching & drypoint, 1913. $20,000 to $30,000.
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