(Covelo, California: Yolla Bolly Press, 1997). 330 x 230 mm. (13 x 9"). 1 p.l., 51 pp., [1] leaf (colophon).With afterword by Richard Olney. No. 64 OF 250 COPIES (225 of them for sale), signed by Olney and Wikström.

Publisher's pattered blue paper boards backed with navy cloth, upper cover with the printer's turtle device onlaid in printed purple paper. In the original blue cardboard slipcase. With 19 woodcuts by Karin Wikström, two of them full-page, all printed in colors. Prospectus laid in at front. In mint condition.

Dinesen's delectable tale of a refugee Parisian chef preparing a sumptuous meal for the austere Norwegian sisters who sheltered her is presented here in an American fine press edition prepared as carefully and thoughtfully as a gourmet meal. Since 1983, our publishers, Carolyn and James Robertson, have created hand-printed works on the finest handmade paper at their press in Covelo, California, adjacent to the Yolla Bolly Wilderness, from which their press obviously takes its name. As noted in the introduction to "Making Books in the Woods," Stanford University Library's 2002 exhibition of the press' works, "The design of each Yolla Bolly Press book is intimately tied to the nuances of the text, and is completed with great attention to craft. . . . The Press commissions original artwork as well as fresh commentaries by contemporary authors to accompany classic texts, offering an 'interpretation of the original text in a contemporary context.'" Here, the commentary is provided by renowned food writer Richard Olney, and the woodcuts are by San Francisco-based Swedish artist Karin Winström (b. 1959), who has contributed to several books from the press.