Publication: Trubner & Co, 1861, London
First edition. 18mo. 16.9 x 10.7 cm (6 1/2" x 4 1/4") colorful paper over boards, viii, 9 - 96 pp. plus 8 pages of advertisements, frontispiece, illustrated. Bound in color pictorial glazed boards with George Cruikshank illustrations on the title-page and in the text are shown in color on the covers. Information on the alimentary qualities of oysters; oysters as an investment; Billingsgate and London consumption; Jersey oysters; French oysters; oysters as a Greek and Roman luxury; the oyster beds of Bain; oysters under legal protection; the nature, color and structure of an oyster; dredging for oysters, numerous types of oysters; travel to market; oyster stalls, how to open an oyster, various methods of preparing oysters; oyster-eating in Prussia; when ladies should eat oysters; how to tell if an oyster is dead prior to opening; pearls, etc. Moderate wear to the spine ends and corners, with the small embossed stamp on the front fly leaf of W. H. Smith, 188 Strand, London, former owner's small bookplate attached to the verso of the front fly leaf, else internally clean and tight. Housed In a red cloth slipcase with title and date stamped in gold gilt on the spine. Quite an interesting and informative book on the oyster.
Inventory Number: 42023