Appert, [Nicolas]. L’art de conserver, pendant plusieurs années, toutes les substances animales et végétales... Paris: Chez Patris, 1810. 8vo (21 cm, 8.25"). xxxii, 116 pp.; 1 plt.
First edition of this landmark manual on preserving a wide
variety of foods. When Napoleon offered a prize for the creation of a food preservation technique for the use of his military forces, Appert, a chef and confectioner whose first name is sometimes given as François, set to work developing a method of heating foodstuffs placed inside hermetically sealed glass bottles; after many years of experimenting, he eventually established the first commercial cannery.
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Appert’s technique had a revolutionary effect on the food distribution industry, and served as the foundation for canning in tin. The present work made his discoveries available to the public for the first time, with an engraved plate depicting various devices utilized in the experiments.
anti-counterfeiting statement on the reverse of the half-title bears Appert’s
Bitting, 13; Vicaire, 34 (describing the 1811 Patris ed.); Garrison & Morton 2467.1. Original wrappers, with edges lightly faded; sewn through the spine of wrappers as issued. Some pages with light foxing, otherwise very clean.
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