Sandwiches - Grosley (Pierre Jean). A Tour to London

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Pierre Jean Grosley. A Tour to London; or, New Observations on England, and its Inhabitants, translated by Thomas Nugent. Two vols., first English edition, advertisement leaf at end of Vol.I browned, some soiling, Z5 in Vol.I torn and repaired, ex-library copy with a few small ink stamps to title and preliminaries, but none to text. Modern half calf in good condition. 8vo, for Lockyer Davis, London, 1772.

A Frenchman's observations of England and the English, havng spent a year living in london. The book reputedly contains the first mention of the sandwich in print: 'A minister of state passed four and twenty hours at a public gaming-table, so absorpt in play, that during the whole time, he had no subsistence but a bit of beef, between two slices of toasted bread, which he eat without ever quitting the game. This new dish grew highly in vogue, during my residence in London; it was called by the name of the minister, who invented it.' (Vol.I., p.149)

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