Holland.   Mary    
The Complete Economical Cook
AND FRUGAL HOUSEWIFE; AN ENTIRELY NEW SYSTEM OF DOMESTIC COOKERY, CONTAINING APPROVED DIRECTIONS FOR PURCHASING, PRESERVING, AND COOKING, ALSO, PREPARING SOUPS, GRAVIES, SAUCES, MADE DISHES, WITH DIRECTIONS FOR PASTRY AND CONFECTIONERY. By MRS. MARY HOLLAND. THE SIXTEENTH EDITION. LONDON: WILLIAM TEGG AND Co., CHEAPSIDE. 1848.
12mo. 2feps. Frontispiece of 'A Housewife'. Engraved Title Page. [1] Title Page.[1] iii-xii Contents. xiii-xlviii Introduction. 4 plates of Table settings. 49-425. 426-432 Marketing Tables. 3feps. Original dark brown cloth boards with blind tooling. Spine re-bound in dark brown calf with gilt dots, raised bands, two green labels with gilt lettering. Very good copy with very light foxing and age browning to the frontis and engraved title page.
- Very little is known about Mary Holland but this seems to be a very comprehensive little book similar to, but only half the thickness of Eliza Acton's, 'Modern Cookery'.

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House of Commons.       - House of Commons and 10 Downing St menus .
Report on the Kitchen and Refreshment Rooms. April 24th 1863.
REPORT FROM THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON THE KITCHEN AND REFRESHMENT ROOMS (HOUSE OF COMMONS); WITH THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE, AND AN APPENDIX. Ordered by The House of Commons, to be printed, 24 April 1863.
320x200mm. Title page. p2 Committee names. 3-7 Report with a large folding plate of a lovely unusual coloured drawing on the various proposed changes for the New Palace of Westminster refreshment rooms. 8-14 Proceedings of the Select Committee. p13 is miss-bound after p14. [1] Last page is a small copy of the title page. It has 2 menus enclosed. The first one is a one page white cardboard Luncheon menu from the House of Commons members dining room on 14th July 1960. The second menu is for a dinner at 10 Downing Street for the President of Egypt, Anwar Sadat and his wife on 7th November 1975. Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister at the time. The report is bound by a thread. All items are very clean and in good condition.
- The report consists of a full review of the current (1860's) operational inefficiencies for dining in the House of Commons during the House sessions. Based on members complaints the report also reviews dinner numbers, wage comparisons and wine suppliers. Page 14 is a comparison of current prices at London clubs including The Reform Club, which covers the time of the tenure of the famous chef, Charles Elme Francatelli, who had taken up the position of Chef de Cuisine after the equally famous chef, Alexis Soyer, resigned from the Club in 1850. With the menus, this is a very interesting look at the Catering department and dining setup at the Commons and the Prime Minister's official residence.

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HOWLAND.   E.A.    
NEW ENGLAND ECONOMICAL HOUSEKEEPER
AND FAMILY RECEIPT BOOK. BY MRS E.A. HOWLAND. STEREOTYPE EDITION MONTPELIER: PUBLISHED BY E.P. WALTON & SONS. 1845.
12mo. 185x113mm. 1fep. Half Title. On verso – Frontispiece of kitchen scene with a smoking & baking drum in the middle of the kitchen floor. Title page. On verso: Entered according to an Act of Congress, in the year 1845, by E.A. HOWLAND. 1p. Preface and advertisement. (1)11-12 Index. (1)14-108. Bound in at the back is a small booklet titled ‘Mrs Winslow’s Domestic Receipt Book’ for 1876. It has yellow paper covers and 32 pages. In good condition. 1fep. Rebound in full dark brown cloth with the original chipped paper cover tipped onto the front board. Internally age browned and quite dusty with some water staining. A quite scarce, fairly early American edition.
- This copy has a confusing half title stating it is Walton’s second edition of 1848. The frontis is on the verso of the half title. The title page opposite states 1845. Lowestien offers a first edition of 1844, with 88 pages. She also holds another 1845 - second edition, printed at Worcester. She also records this second of 1845, printed at Montpelier. Frustratingly, it does not clarify which are the first and second issues. Lowestien’s last entry is also a stereotype, printed at Rochester in 1853, again not clarifying which edition it is. Bitting holds an 1848 edition of 108 pages, copyrighted in 1845. Bitting cites Lincoln: 1st, 1844; 2nd 1845; Stereotyped editions are 1846, 1847, 1848. Bitting also informs us that the [E.A.] Howland is in fact Esther Allan.

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Ignotus       - The very rare first edition.
CULINA Famulatrix Medicinae:
OR, RECEIPTS IN COOKERY, WORTHY THE NOTICE OF Those MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS, who ride in their CHARIOTS with a FOOTMAN behind, and who receives TWO-GUINEA FEES from their RICH and LUXURIOUS PATIENTS. By IGNOTUS. ------ Propera Stomachum Iaxare Saginis, Et tua servatum in Saecula Rhombum. Juv. YORK: Printed by T.Wilson and R.Spence, High-Ousrgate; and sold by J.Mawman, Bookseller in the Poultry, London. 1804.
FIRST EDITION. 12mo. 1fep. [1] Frontispiece of a pig. Title page. [1] 1p Dedication. [1] (1)6-12 Preface. (1)14-226. (1)228-235 Contents. [1] 1fep. Quarter modern red calf with marbled boards and calf tips. Spine with blind tooling and gilt lines with a black label and gilt lettering. Internally clean with the whole text block slightly but nicely age browned. Overall a very pleasing copy.
- COPAC's full records cite only one first edition of 1804 at York. Oxford quotes a 2nd - 1805, 4th - 1806, 5th - 1807, new - 1810. The author was A.Hunter, M.D., F.R.S., who practised at York. The rather quaint and sincere book dedication states 'To those Gentleman who freely give two quineas for a Turtle Dinner at the Tavern, when they might have a more wholesome one at Home for ten shillings'. One seriously doubts that those very gentleman who can afford two guineas (£68.oo in today's money) for a Turtle dinner are ever likely to read a cookbook, and rarely cook at home, especially such a seriously complicated meal to prepare, that first starts with the purchase of a fresh Turtle. Oxford 143. Cagle 555. Bitting no first but a 2nd and a late 1820 new ed. Worldcat cites many other editions, but only two firsts; one of which is from the Elizabeth Robins Pennell Collection at the Library of Congress.

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Ignotus      
CULINA Famulatrix Medicinae:
OR, Receipts in Modern Cookery; WITH A MEDICAL COMMENTARY, WRITTEN BY IGNOTUS, AND REVISED BY A. HUNTER, M.D. F.R.S. L.&E. Magistre artis, Ingeniique Largitor Venter ---------Perseur. THE FIFTH EDITION, CONSIDERABLY ENLARGED. YORK: Printed by T.Wilson and E.Spence High-Ousgate. For J.Mawman, in the Poultry, London, and for Wilson and Spence, York; Sold also by J.White, and J.Murray, Fleet-street, and J.Harding, St James Street, London; A.Constable and Co. Edinburgh: and by J.Todd, Sotheran and Son, and J.Wolstenholme, York. 1807
12mo. 202x122mm. 1fep. [1] Frontispiece of a Roman stewpan. Title page with an age shadow of the stewpan. [1] 1p Dedication. [1] (1)6-14 Preface. (1)16-296. (1)298-310. (1)2-20 Men and Manners. 21-22 A domestic character. 1fep. A nice modern rebind in dark calf and marbled boards. Spine with raised bands, gilt lines and two black morocco labels with gilt lettering. Very clean, with original untrimmed and uncut pages. A very collectible and desirable copy.
- In Sophie Schneideman’s tenth catalogue of rare books she informs: -- Dr. Hunter, a Scottish physician, helped to establish the York Lunatic Asylum, and to be honest, there is something of Bedlam about this book. It is a highly opinionated book and a marvellous read. Each recipe is followed by ‘Ignotus’s’ or rather ‘Hunter’s’ observations on it, often including the effect on the body. Of Mock Turtle Soup he writes “This is a most diabolical dish, and only fit for the Sunday dinner of a rustic, who is to work the six following days in a ditch bottom. It is the very essence of Pandora’s box. So, – Get thee behind me Satan!”. The appendix gives 267 pieces of advice on Men and Manners. All pithy and often witty, one declares “Never enter an auction room, for there you will tempted to buy what you do not want”, another “Do not blame a man for hard drinking, if he belongs to a thirsty family”.-- Quite why Hunter implies the work is written by 'Ignotus' which is Latin for: unknown, obscure, ignorant and ignoble, when he was the author is unknown. Possibly he spent a little too long with the inmates.

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Ignotus.      
CULINA Famulatrix Medicinae:
OR, Receipts in Modern Cookery; WITH A MEDICAL COMMENTARY, WRITTEN BY IGNOTUS, AND REVISED BY A. HUNTER, M.D. F.R.S. L.&E. Magistre artis, Ingeniique Largitor Venter ---------Perseur. THE FOURTH EDITION. YORK: Printed by T.Wilson and E.Spence High-Ousgate. For J.Mawman, in the Poultry, London, and for Wilson and Spence, York; Sold also by J.White, and J.Murray, Fleet-street, and J.Harding, St James Street, London; A.Constable and Co. Edinburgh: and by J.Todd, Sotheran and Son, and J.Wolstenholme, York. 1806
12mo. 181x113mm. Marbled paste-down and end-paper. [1] 1fep. [1] Frontispiece of a pig with the heading slightly cropped. Title page with an ink inscription at the top slightly cropped. [1] Dedication. [1] (1)6-14 Preface. (1)16-291. 292-293 Advertisement. [1] (1)296-308 Contents. 1fep. [1] Marbled end-paper and paste-down. Quarter light brown calf with slightly faded marbled boards. Gilt lines with gilt tooling in the compartments. Two labels, one red and the other black with gilt lettering. Very lightly age browned throughout with the text block sometime cropped without loss. Overall a pleasing copy.
- Alexander Hunter (Ignotus) an ingenious physician and naturalist, was born in 1730. He studied at Edinburgh, where he took the degree of M.D. Afterwards he established himself as a medical practitioner first at Gainsborough, then at Beverly, and finally at York, where he attained high reputation in his profession, and was a principal contributor to the foundation of an asylum for lunatics. He was a fellow of the Royal Societies of London and Edinburgh. He died in 1809, in the 80th year of his age. – Besides this title on offer here his other works are: • Georgical Essays; in which the Food of Plants is particularly considered, several new Composts recommended, and other important articles of Husbandry explained upon the Principles of Vegetation. • Outlines of Agriculture; addressed to Sir John Sinclair, Bart., President of the Board of Agriculture, York, 1795. • A New Method of raising Wheat for a series of years on the same Land. York,1796. • An Illustration of the analogy between Vegetable and Animal Parturition. Lond. 1797. • Men and Manners; or, Concentrated Wisdom. York, 1809. He also found time to write and revise a new edition of Evelyn’s 'Sylva and Terra' London, 1812, in 2 volumes. A prolific and impressive output

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Jarrin.   W.A.    
THE ITALIAN CONFECTIONER
OR, COMPLETE ECONOMY OF DESSERTS: CONTAINING THE ELEMENTS OF THE ART, ACCORDING TO THE MOST MODERN AND APPROVED PRACTICE. By G.A. JARRIN, CONFECTIONER, NEW BOND STREET. THIRD EDITION, CORRECTED AND ENLARGED. LONDON: WILLIAM H. AINSWORTH, OLD BOND STREET. 1827.
First revised edition, corrected and expanded, third edition overall. 234x147mm. Frontispiece. Title page (cropped at both ends without loss of text) III-IV Preface to the third edition. V-IX. Preface to the first edition. X-XX. Contents. 1-260. 261-270 Index. 271-276. Description of the plates. 2 folding plates with a total of 37 Confectionery tools. 1 fep. Half brown calf, with raised bands to spine, with gilt lines and red label with gilt lettering. Marbled boards. Internally quite clean except for a little browning to the Frontis and the edge of one of the plates. Overall a very nice copy.
- On the frontispiece we are informed W. A. (William Alexis) Jarrin was born in Colorno, Italy on 25th March 1784. He arrived in England in 1817. 'The Epicure's Almanack' of 1815 informs us that there were many high class confectioners in London's smart West-end streets. One of the more famous being Gunter's of Berkley Square. Tracing its origins back to the 1760s when it was opened by Domenico Negri, as the famous 'Pot and Pineapple' confectionery shop. It went through many incarnations. From Negri and Witton (or just Witton) to Negri and Gunter, becoming Gunter's by 1806. Jarrin was employed there for some time and it played a significant part in his career. On the verso of the 'Italian Confectioner' title page, there is an advertisement for 'The French Cook' by Louis Eustache Ude where we are informed that Ude's book is an 'Invaluable Companion to Jarrin's Italian Confectioner'. (Ude was the famous Chef de Cuisine of Crockfords Club, which was just 300 yards from Gunters confectionery shop. It was/is common for Chefs then and even still today, to visit each other on their afternoon break in the middle of their daily split shifts). The first edition of Jarrin's book was published in 1920 just three years after he arrived in England. It is an elegant production with many precise, good and unusual recipes and is an important item in any collection of cookery books.

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ref number: 10973

Jewry.   Mary     - In wonderful original condition.
Warnes Model Cookery
AND HOUSEKEEPING BOOK, CONTAINING COMPLETE INSTRUCTIONS IN HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT. COMPILED AND EDITED BY MARY JEWRY. With original Illustrations, printed in colours NEW EDITION (A small printers device) LONDON: FREDERICK WARNE AND CO. AND NEW YORK. (All rights reserved.)
12mo. 184x127mm. 1fep. [1] Frontis of 8 made dishes. Title page. [1] 1p Preface. 1p Contents and Illustrations. (1)2 – 147. (1)149 – 156 Analytical Index. 1fep. Many illustrations in-text and four coloured plates printed by Kronheim of made dishes. Boards in bright original condition blind-stamped in bold black lettering. The spine and ½” of the back-board is sun bleached. Mint condition – as new. N/d – circa 1880-1890,
- Given the as-new condition of this book albeit with the sunned spine, it is obvious it has been on a shelf untouched for many years. It is also obvious it has never been used in a kitchen either. Little is known about Mary Jewry except she was possibly born about 1830 in Oxfordshire. The in-text illustrations are very similar to Mrs Beeton’s but it is just cookery and not as big nor varied as Beeton’s Household Management. Frederick Warne was founded in 1865 by a bookseller turned publisher using his own name. The new venture replaced an earlier association between Warne and George Routledge who also went on to found his own publishing company. Jewry’s book gives the impression that it is in competition to that other famous publisher – Ward Lock who only started publishing in 1856. They bought out “Household Management” from Beeton’s husband Sam, after her untimely death. Jewry's book is also a shadow of Beeton's and that is why they are fairly common. Appreciative collectors of cookery books however, would find it hard to pass on this copy if they found it at a book-fair.

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Jourdan-Lecointe.   Dr    
Le Cuisinier des Cuisiniers.
1000 RECETTES DE CORDON BLUE FACILES ET ECONOMIQUESd'apres les decouveries recentes de la cuisine francaise, provencale, anglaise, italienne, suisse et allemande; 1° Patisserie; petit-fours; 2° office: confitures, sirops, fruits confits, li-quers; 3° filtration de l'eau et autres liquides; 4° procedes pour rafrai-chir l'eau et faire la glace; 5° conservation des substances alimentaires cuites ou a'l'etat frais, d'apres la methode d'Appert, par le dessiccation, le fumage, la salaison, etc; 6° choix, conservation et emploi des vins; 7° recettes pour faire des boissons economiques, grog et eaux gazeuses; 8° physiologie des pates alimentaires, des fromages, des poissons, du melon, etc; 9° choux et dissection des viandes et des poissons; 10° ser-vice de la table, ordre et soins de proprete; 11° dictonnaire des termes de cuisine; 12° musee des menages, choix d'ustensiles de cuisine et de menage dont l'usage merite d'etre recommande. AVEC L'INDICATION DE L'INFLUENCE DE CHAQUE METS SUR LA SANTE PAR M. LE DOCTEUR JOURDAN-LECOINTE. "A trente-deux aus, mon estomac ne digerait plus aucune espece de mets travailles par nos meilleurs cui-siniers: j'essayai de les preparer moi-meme sous un maitre habile qui dirigea mes premieres essais. Apres quinze aus d'experience et d'analyses sur nos preparations alimentaires, j'ai recuelli un grande nombre d'observa-tions sur cette mattiere importante. <> A L'USAGE DE TOUTE LES FORTUNES. QUATROZIEME EDITION, revue par r. de L, auteur de plusieurs procedes relatifs a'la conservation des substances alimentaires. ORNEE D'UN GRAND NOMBRE DE GRAVURES SUR BOIS. PARIS, L' MAISON, EDITEUR, RUE DE TOUNON, 17. 1856. L'editeur se reserve le droit de reproduction et de traduction.
190x125x45mm. 1fep. Half-title and on verso Frontispiece. Title page - on verso Division de l'ouvrage. 2p Au Lecteur. (1)4-24 Table Generale. (1)26-36 Table de Service. (1)38-645. [1] 1p Ouvrages Recommandes. [1] 1fep. The front and back covers are the original decorated cardboard ones, age browned but still clearly visible. The frontispiece is an exact copy of the front cover. The spine has been relaid in modern dark brown calf, with raised bands, gilt tooled devices in the compartments with two labels in red and green morrocco respectively, both with gilt lettering. Very clean inside except for the last chapter; Musee des Menages p612-645 which is evenly but lightly foxed throughout due to bad paper. All pages are original untrimmed size with some uncut. A nice copy overall.
- Docteur Jourdan-Lecointe published three cookery/gastronomic books… this one, ‘Le Cuisinier des cuisiniers’ which was first printed and published 1825. Also ‘La Cuisine de santé’. 3 volumes. First edition, Paris 1789. Cagle holds a re-issued copy of ‘La Cuisine de santé’, re-titled ‘La Cuisinier Royale ou Cuisine de Sante’ and dated 1792. He also informs that no other copy has been located. ‘La pâtisserie de santé’ was originally published in Paris, 1790. Cagle has an un-recorded third edition of 1793. Vicaire records the 1792 edition.

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Kent.   Elizabeth Grey, Countess of     - A very rare 'ladies closet' revealed.
A Choice Manual, or rare secrets in physick and chirugery;
Collected, & practised by the Right Honourable the Countess of Kent, Late deceased. Whereto are added several experiments of the vertue of Gascons powder, and Lapis contra Yarvam by a Professor of Physick. As also most exquisite ways of Preserving, Conserving, Candying, etc. The Nineteenth Edition. London, Printed for H. Mortlock at the Phoenix in St. Pauls Churchyard. 1687. WITH A SECOND PART: A True Gentlewomans DELIGHT. Whereinn is contain'd all manner of COOKERY. Together with: Preserving, Conserving, Drying, and Candying. Very necessary for all Ladies and Gentlewomen. Published by W.G. Gent. LONDON, Printed for Henry Mortlock, at the Phoenix in St. Paul's Churchyard, 1687.
Small 12mo. Portrait frontispiece. (it has been bound in on the recto instead of the usual verso) Title page. 2pp Epistle by W.J. 2pp 'To the Reader' 10pp 'Contents' (1-234) THE 2ND PART: Separate pagination - 6pp 'Table of Contents' Title page. 2pp Epistle by W.J. 2pp 'To the Reader' 14pp 'Contents' (1-140) Contemporary black goatskin boards re-laid, surface quite worn but with a nice patina. Dark calf, blind ruled spine re-laid, blind fillet border on sides, re-cased using old paper, new sewn headband, very sound. Internally very clean with mild overall aging.
- Elizabeth Grey, Countess of Kent, born December 7th 1582 - died 1651, née Lady Elizabeth Talbot, was the wife of Henry Grey, 8th Earl of Kent. She was a daughter of Gilbert Talbot, 7th Earl of Shrewsbury and Mary Cavendish. She married Grey on November 16, 1601, at St Martin's-in-the-Fields. They had no children, and the Earl died in 1639. Afterward she is thought to have married the writer, John Selden, who had worked for the Earl. After her death, her collection of medical recipes was published as 'A Choice Manual, or Rare Secrets in Physick and Chirurgery Collected and Practised by the Right Honourable the Countess of Kent, late deceased'. Her collection of cookery recipes were also added to the book as a second part. It was an interest she shared with her younger sister, Alethea Howard, Countess of Arundel. Sometimes, complete and separately bound copies of the 2nd part - 'A True Gentlewoman's Delight' are sold at auction, one such being offered at Bloomsbury Book Auctions in 2006. However complete copies like this one with both parts present are rare and much more desirable. This book, because of its small size (not much bigger than a miniature) and having the original cover, with the frontis of the Countess's rather crude but interesting portrait and the thick text block with under-developed remedies and recipes, has the ability to stop a person in their tracks. Keeping in mind the method now to digitally produce very glossy, high resolution, colourful cookery books, that on reflection, when held against this very old book, gives one a sharp sense of both that time and now, and the amazing changes to our world in those 323 intervening years. It also makes one ponder on how our endeavors will be viewed over 300 years from now; with the same sense of incredulous wonder I should imagine!

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ref number: 10933