William Drenttel Menu Collection


Graphic Arts Division
Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
Princeton University Library

A collection of ornamental and illustrated menus for restaurants and private dining societies in Paris, Rome, and other European cities at the turn of the century. Also, culinary ephemera with die-cut covers and lithograph illustrations. 37 items.

All dimensions are in inches, height by width.

French Language:

1.) Handwritten & color lithograph for Joseph Pelmain. French, no date. 6 x 4.5

2.) Hand-colored and written menu with image of two Chinese figures holding kite (on which menu items are written), no date. 5 x 7

3.) Menu for dinner by Société des Anciens Elèves des Ecoles Nationales d'Arts et Métiers, no date. One-color lithograph. 8.25 x 5.5

4.) Menu for "Volontaires 1870-71" dinner at Maison Bovalet, France, no date. 10 x 6.5

5.) Menu for dinner at "La Lanterne." Paris, 1881. One-color lithograph. 9 x 5.5

6.) Printed menu with ornamental border for Exposition Universelle, 1889. Brown and blue ink. 8.25 x 5.25

7.) Representative's card for Chocolat Frey, supplier of cocoa, (1891?). Lithographed in black & gold. 5.5 x 3.5

8.) Color-lithographed and handwritten menu. French, 1893. Printed in yellow, red, green, light blue; shows two Japanese figures. 5.75 x 4.25

9.) Menu for "Match International de l'Olympique" dinner at Grand-Hotel. France, 1896. Printed, blue type, with red/black Olimpique crest at top left. Gilt edges. 6.5 x 4.5

10.) Menu, color lithograph and hand-written, for St. Edine (Etine?). French, 1896. 6.75 x 4.5

11.) Printed color litho (blue/brown split fount, plus red type) menu for Centieme Anniversaire Du Diner de Lalsace, 1897. 9.25 x 6.75

12.) Two-sided, printed menu for dinner by Association Tulousaine de Paris, 1897. 11 x 7.5

13.) Menu for ocean-liner. French, 1900. Color litho; menu blank imprint: Messageries Maritimes. 9 x 6.

14.) Printed menu for Restaurant Maire. Paris, 1902. Die cut, with ornamental design at top in raised silver ink; type in dark blue ink. 7.5 x 3.75

15.) Printed menu for Société Archéologique dinner. Paris, 1909. With reproduced title-page engraving. 6.75 x 9

16.) Printed menu. French, 1912. Card die-cut to suggest scroll forms. 7 x 4.25

17.) Printed menu for Société Archéologique dinner. Paris, 1912. With reproduced engravings of Quarter de L'Opéra area of city. 11 x 8.75

18.) Printed menu for Société Archéologique dinner. Paris, 1913. With reproduction of ornamental border, human figures, and center scroll formed out of handwriting model-book penstrokes. Inscribed at bottom: Daprés un Modéle d'Écriture de Coulon--coll. R. Havatte). 7.25 x 8

19.) Menu for dinner at Cadou restaurant. Blois, France, 1920. Pale green with raised white ink ornamental border, and type printed in dark brown. 6.5 x 4

20.) Menu for dinner at C. Jahan restaurant. Blois, France, 1920. Raised gold ink ornamental border, and type printed in black. 6.75 x 3

21.) Printed menu for Société Archéologique, Historique & Artistique dinner. Paris, 1926. With reproduced engraving. 11 x 7.75

22.) Printed menu for dinner of Le Coronet, Société Artistique et Litteraire, held at Maison de Centraux. Paris, 1931. Menu on front and lithograph on back. 15 x 11, folded

23.) Menu for (Gameoli restaurant?). French, 1936. Handwritten onto menu blank. 8 x 3.5

24.) Menu for dinner by the Académie des Psychologues du Gout, at Restaurant Tong Yen. Paris, 1963. Four-page booklet, with tipped-in color litho on front cover. 9.75 x 7

Italian Language:

25.) Blank menu with color lithos of Tuscany, printed by Enrico Cogliati & Co. (wine merchants), no date. 8 x 5.25

26.) Blank menu (color litho.) printed by Dott. Botto Micca (liquor distributor?), Italy, no date. 13.5 x 7.0

27.) Drawing for plate design, partially watercolored, no date. 9 x 12

28.) Menu for Delbinari restaurant. Milan, no date. Six-page folded booklet, printed in brown and grey. 9.25 x 6.75

29.) Menu for "La Mora" restaurant. Lucca, Italy, no date. Four-page folded booklet. 8 x 5.75

30.) Receipt/bill-of-trade for wine 1649/50 vintage. Printed red ink on laid linen paper, with markings in pen. 4.5 x 6.25

31.) Handwritten Italian menu, 1881. 12 x 8.5

32.) Booklet of dinner menu with program (with booklet cover) for Musica della Legione Allieve Carabinieri, Rome, 1911. Booklet size 5.75 x 3.5

33.) Menu for dinner (at Fert restaurant?), Rome, 1911. Litho, type in brown, crest at upper left in red, brown, gold, silver. 6 x 4

34.) Menu for dinner at Villa Savoia, Italy, 1933. Blue ink on pale blue/green backdrop, with crest at top in raised white ink, and border in silver. 7 x 4.5

35.) Menu for dinner at Villa d'Este, Italy, 1981. Four-page folded booklet, color litho on front. 7.75 x 6.25

English Language:

36.) Menu blank with edges die cut, beveled, and gold-leafed, no date. 6.75 x 4.25

37.) Menu for dinner by "S.S. Sado Maru." 1910. Color litho of reeds and flying fish with printed type. 7.75 x 9.75