Classic Early Work on Coffee, Tea and Chocolate

    [Philippe Sylvestre Dufour]. Tractatus Novi de Potu Caphe'; de Chinensium The'; et de Chocolata. Paris: Apud Petrum Muguet, 1685. First edition in Latin (same year in French). Twentyfourmo. [8], 202, [4, index] pages. Frontispiece and three additional engraved plates. Contemporary calf with gilt decoration in six compartments between five raised bands. Marbled endpapers. Boards scuffed and shelf worn; joints starting to crack; contents with occasional light foxing and toning, otherwise a nice copy in very good condition. "The work by Dufour upon coffee, tea, and chocolate is a classic. It is the standard reference for the early history and methods of preparation" (Bitting). One of the plates shows an American Indian and the cocoa tree; another a Turk and the coffee plant. Complete copies are scarce.

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