The Star Chamber Dinner Accounts

Being Some Hitherto Unpublished Accounts Of Dinners Provided For The Lords Of The Privy Council In The Star Chamber, Westminster, During The Reigns Of Queen Elizabeth I and King James I Of England

SIMON, André L.

SIMON, André L. The Star Chamber Dinner Accounts Being Some Hitherto Unpublished Accounts Of Dinners Provided For The Lords Of The Privy Council In The Star Chamber, Westminster, During The Reigns Of Queen Elizabeth I and King James I Of England

George Rainbird for The Wine And Food Society, 1959.

First edition. 8vo. Original black cloth lettered silver, in the buff printed dustwrapper. Inscribed on the front endpaper by Simon, "For Vahan Masraff, who loves good books as he loves good fare and good wine! Andre L. Simon". A near fine copy in a very good dustwrapper, tanned of spine with some wear to the edges and a shallow chip to the upper panel.

The Star Chamber Dinner Accounts record the extravagant feasts enjoyed by the Lords Of The Privy Council in the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I. Simon bought a collection of 250 manuscript booklets recording these dinners and publishes here the fifty of them dating between 1567 and 1605, those that occurred in Shakespeare's lifetime.
The accounts are prefaced with Simon's own commentary on food in Tudor England, providing frequent gobbets of culinary references in Shakespeare's plays.

PROVENANCE: From the library of Vahan Masraff fellow wine merchant and friend of Simon's.

Stock ID: 40048

£275.00

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