Fig. 10.

Fig. 10. Dumas thought this work would be his greatest legacy. It had only one printing and was published the year he died. He thought The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers were not worthy of a long life, but history has proven him wrong on both counts. This copy belonged to Katherine Bitting, the culinary bibliographer, and has her bookplate. The archive has many items on gastronomy and on food in art and literature.
Title page and frontispiece from Le Grand Dictionnaire de Cuisine, by Alexandre Dumas (Paris, 1873). Katherine Bitting’s copy with her bookplate. Courtesy of the Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive, Clements Library, University of Michigan.


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