Victorian Drug Fiends - Classic Tales of Opium and Hashish!
A collection of infamous classics of drug literature: short stories, essays, journalism, medical reports, poetry, visions, with dozens of vintage 19th-century illustrations (prints, photos,... More > postcards...), capturing the heady essence of Victorian drug culture.
From the Romantic opium-eaters, to the Bohemian hashish fanatics, intrinsically linked to the underground art and literature of the era. Narcotics, opium dens, bhang, cannabis, hasheesh eaters, water pipes, halluncingens and hallucinations, dreamy afternoons and hedonistic nights of absinthe, reefer cigarettes and sex. Entertaining, often erotic... dare we say addictive?
A literary anthology of authors including Aleister Crowley, Rudyard Kipling, Sir Richard Burton, de Quincey, Fitz Hugh Ludlow, Bayard Taylor, Baudelaire, Dickens, and Louisa May Alcott! 224 pages - hours of giddy entertainment!
Available as large-format (US Letter) perfect bound paperback, or as a PDF ebook to download! **Revised and improved edition, Feb 2008! **< Less
Voyagers and Voyeurs - Travels in 19th Century France
A treasure-chest from the golden age of travel writing. Annotated, humorous highlights from over 100 eye-witness travel accounts (diaries, journals, collected letters, reports, travel guides) written... More > between 1750 and 1918. English and American authors, including some of the most famous literary figures of the 18th and 19th centuries: Dickens, RL Stevenson, James Fenimore Cooper, Mark Twain, Henry James, plus an eccentric host of itinerant parsons, amateur antiquarians, well-heeled aristocrats and ladies of independent spirit. A huge read.
Long before Peter Mayle grumbled his way through A Year in Provence, or Stephen Clarke traced his slippery path through A Year in the Merde, travellers from the English-speaking world were amazed by the curious customs, the strange sights, sounds and smells of France. Complaining about the waiters, the plumbing, admiring the cheeseboards and pretty girls...
Now available as large-format (A4) perfect bound paperback, or as a PDF ebook to download!< Less
Brains and Brawn... Trotters and Tripe
Forgotten & Forbidden Foods From Old Cook Books!
This extraordinary recipe book will make your eyes water, and, possibly, your mouth! Even if you're dubious about the eating scrapple or... More > head-cheese, it makes a highly entertaining read. Learn how our not-so distant ancestors found a use for just about every part of the cow, sheep, and pig, plus a long list of more unusual species... Plenty of ideas for jaded dinner party hosts with demanding guests!
This cookery compilation makes a great novelty gift for epicures and gourmets, a wonderful talking-point for the bookshelf, but also contains invaluable, comprehensive reference material for serious cooks who want to stretch their horizons... How to skin skunk or eel, make a squirrel pie, or bear hams... Here's how to make your own haggis, chitterlings, fagots, black pudding, prepare sweetbreads... plus Peculiar Puddings, Surprising Soups, Sickroom Feasts, Fowl Ideas, plus the proper way to serve molluscs, reptiles and amphibians...< Less
The Ideal Bartender
The Original Pre-Prohibition American Cocktail Bible, from 1917! A forerunner to the Savoy Cocktail Book...
Classic alcoholic cocktail recipes, easy to prepare, delightful to drink. Includes... More > instructions for how to prepare mix, shake, stir and serve famous blends including Absinthe, Juleps, Gibsons, Toddies, Cobblers, Stingers and many more. Essential reference and talking point for every barman, put it on your shelf next to the gin and whisky bottles, or give it as an original gift to your favorite drinking companion.
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