Chocolate & Confectionery Manufacture. Jacoutot, Auguste. London: Maclaren, in association with Joseph Baker [n.d., circa 1900]
8.5 x 6 inches, 215 x 150 mm. xv + 211 + viii trade advertisement pages, frontispiece and illustrations. Original red cloth, chamfered edges, gilt lettering.
A lovely and virtually unmarked example of Jacoutot's famed, but exceedingly rare, work on chocolate and confectionery production, published in the early 1900s although its publishing history is obscure.
The National Library of Scotland records an undated edition, with a portrait frontispiece and published by Maclaren & Sons, apparently similar to our own, as being produced in 1903.
In contrast, the British Library notes an undated edition, published by J. Baker & Sons, as being issued in "1917".
Neither library gives evidence to substantiate their stated date but their separate datings are most likely based on references contained in advertisements bound-in at the rear rather than in the main body of the work.
The final date mentioned in advertisements at the rear of our own copy, offered here, is 1900, mentioned on two separate and unrelated instancies. Almost certainly, therefore, there was but one single edition, or print-run, of about 1900 with the loose sheets being bound over a period to meet demand as required and with the most recent trade advertisements at the time of binding then being added at the end.
This would make our own example, with its 1900 dates, the earliest recorded completed copy produced.
Whatever the truth of the matter, this important trade work on chocolate production was published for a commercial market and few copies are now in private hands. This is an opportunity unlikely to come your way again.
Item reference RS-2100.