Soyer.   Elizabeth Emma [nee Jones]     - Drawn by the artist when she was fifteen
An Original Drawing.
Exquisite black crayon period portrait of older man seated. Wearing a jacket with wide lapels, a waistcoat and a white neck-scarf. Identity of the sitter unknown. Signed by Emma Jones and dated 1828.
Actual Drawings - 7.5"x 9" = 190 x 228mm. Frame - 11.5 "x13" = 292 x 330mm. Sympathetically mounted on a dark green/grey cardboard backing with glass fronted, gold brushed frame. The edges of the paper slightly cracked but altogether nicely aged. Overall a very rare and handsome item.
- Elizabeth Emma Jones was born in London - 1813. In 1836 she married Alexis Benoist Soyer the famous Chef de Cuisine of the Reform Club, Pall Mall, London. She died on the 29th of August, 1842, aged twenty-nine. Miss Emma Jones acquired the rudiments of her vocation under the guidance of Mons. Simonau, a Flemish artist, who subsequently became her step-father. She showed talent from a very young age and first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1823, at barely ten years old. This highly accomplished artist focused on portraiture and studies of nature. Her works were popularised through engravings and she went on to exhibit at the Paris Salon from 1840-42. Her reputation in France stood higher than even her native country. She was regarded as unusual and precociously gifted. Her works were admired because they were said to have been marked by great vigour and breadth of light and shadow. This can be seen in the portrait on offer here. Astonishingly, it was completed when she was just fifteen years old and shows a great degree of artistic maturity. The famous portrait of her husband Alexis Soyer wearing his beret, (see below) is a stipple engraving by Henry Bryan Hall originally from a drawing by Emma. It is owned by the National Portrait Gallery. Notwithstanding Madame Soyer's death at such a young age she was a prolific artist who left behind upwards of 400 paintings, which received commendations of the highest character. Soyer's already bright reputation was considerably enhanced by his marriage to Emma. While he was in a meeting in Belguim with the king, Emma became very frightened during a severe thunderstorm and she had a miscarriage and died. Soyer was distraught and never forgave himself for his absence, not even when, in 1850, receiving a letter from Alexis Lemain claiming to be his son - the result of an early liaison in Paris - he accepted paternity. Emma and Soyer are both buried together at Kensal Green cemetery. As of August 2008, Emma and Soyer's impressive but weather-beaten monument has been granted public money for a complete renovation, to be started by the October of that same year. The plot holds four bodies. Besides Alexis and Emma there is Francois Simonau (1859) the artist, mentor and stepfather to Emma mentioned above. Then finally a Lady Watts (1929) who was Francois Simonau's grand niece. Emma (Soyer) Jones's paintings and drawings are very rare and seldom appear at auction or on the market.

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ref number: 11091

Soyer.   Aleis Benoit     - Signed by Soyer.
The Modern Housewife
OR MENAGERE. COMPRISING NEARLY ONE THOUSAND RECEIPTS FOR THE ECONOMIC AND JUDICIOUS PREPARATION OF EVERY MEAL OF THE DAY, AND THOSE FOR THE NURESERY AND SICK ROOM; WITH MINUTE DIRECTIONS FOR FAMILY MANAGEMENT IN ALL ITS BRANCHES. Illustrated with Engravings, INCLUDING THE MODERN HOUSEWIFE’S UNIQIUE KITCHEN, AND MAGIC STOVE. BY ALEXIS SOYER, AUTHOR OF “THE GASTRONOMIC REGNERATOR,” (REFORM CLUB.) EIGHTEENTH THOUSAND. LONDON; SIMPKIN, MARSHALL., & CO., STATIONERS’ HALL COURT; OLLIVIER, PALL MALL. 1850.
8vo. 1 modern fep. 2nd yellow coloured fep with Soyer’s signature. [1] Frontispiece, with a very light water-stain not affecting anything. Title page. The 3 pages have a small burn on the outer edge. ½” long 1/8” does deep not affect the text. Verso has a small introduction. A one page illustration of “The fair daughter of Albion”. [1] (1)iv-vi to Eloise. (1)vii Contents. (1)x-FBI Introduction. (1)2-427. [1] (1)430-445 Index. [1] )1_448-456 Press opinions. 2p Advertisements. 1 fep. A handsome full modern black calf binding with blind tooling on the boards. The spine with raised bands, blind tooling on bands and compartments. Apart from the very small burn mark on the first few pages this is a very clean desirable copy with the dedication signed in Soyer's shaky hand stating, "Presented by the author to his friend J.H. Nightingale - A. Soyer".
- I have researched the family background of his famous nurse and compatriot from the hospitals at Scutari - Florence Nightingale. I could not find anyone with the same name nor initials Soyer dedicated this book to - Intriguing!. This copy was published approx. one year after the first edition of 1849. Although Soyer was an extreme extrovert with an unrivalled penchant for self-publicity, signed copies of his numerous published cookery books seem to be quite scarce. The complexity of Soyer’s character and personality are well recorded. His professional undertakings were staggering and surprisingly varied, from the re-design of the Reform Kitchens to his much heralded efforts in Ireland during the famine, the crucial re-organisation of the hospital kitchens during the Crimean war that un-questionably saved many lives, and his many inventions - one still current in the 1990’s. His famously flamboyant but financially disastrous restaurant at the Great Exhibition and his marriage to Emma Jones the Victorian artist elevated his already significant stature. Designing a mobile cooking carriage for the army at the time of his death at 48 years old, one is amazed so much was packed into such a relatively short space of time. Truly, a memorable character and a remarkable life that is still being written about today.

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ref number: 11167

STAVELY.   S.W.    
THE WHOLE NEW ART OF CONFECTIONARY,
SUGAR BOILING, Icing, Candying, Wines, Jelly Making, &c, &c, Which will be found Very beneficial to Ladies, Confectioners, Housekeepers, &c. particularly to such as have not a perfect knowledge of that art. (a small straight line) A NEW EDITION. (a small straight line) To which is now added several new and useful Receipts, Never before published. (a small straight line) By S.W. STAVELY, Nottingham, (a small straight line) PRICE ONE SHILLING. (a small straight line) In this edition several Pages of new Receipts are added, never before introduced in this Work. (a small straight line) Wilkins and Son, Printers, Derby. The whole text enclosed in a single thick line border.
n/d. Cover page with same text as the title Page. Verso advert for another receipt book by same printer. Title page. [1] (1)iv - vi Preface. (1)8 - 57. (1)59 - 60 Contents. Manyblank feps due to filling the binding. last six pages browned ans edges worn without loss. Quarter tan binding with gilt tooling and text on spine. Boards with marbled paper.
- A thin but quite comprehensive booklet on sweet-making. There are no references for Stavely nor his booklet on the bibliographies except an 1830 eleventh edition in Cagle.

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ref number: 11289

Stein.   Rick     - A signed copy.
Far Eastern Odyssey.
Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey 150 new recipes evoking the flavours of the Far East. BBC BOOKS.
FIRST EDITION. 250x190mm. Paste-down and end-paper with a colourful map. [1] Half title with Stien's signature in a black felt-tip. Double page photograph frontis. 1p. 1p Contents. 1p Photograph of Stien. 5p Introduction. (6)18-307. 1p Photograph of ingredients. 309-314 Ingredients. 315-319(1) Equipment, Bibliography and Index. (1) End-paper and paste-down with a colourful map. D/W. Fully bound in black cardboard with black lettering on spine. Condition as new.
- Rick Stein is un-doubtably a great chef, cookery writer and entertaining TV food pundit. Very articulate and knowledgeable, he expresses a clear passion for fine cooking, produce and suppliers. His cooking is deceptively simple that belies long experience and an unusual ability to cook and serve his dishes as they should be, (most top chefs devote a high percentage of their efforts to presentation and fantasy, and the preciseness of the finished dish rarely allows the original product to show). Of all the others, the meals he produces on TV are the ones that I would most like to eat. He has produced eleven fine cookery books. This one on offer here is the result of his far eastern cookery odyssey on BBC TV. Very well done with good recipes, good detailed information and mouth-watering full page photographs. A very desirable item.

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ref number: 11170

Stuart-Wortley.   A. J.    
The Grouse
NATURAL HISTORY BY THE REV. H. A. MACPHERSON SHOOTING BY A. J. STUART-WORTLEY COOKERY BY GEORGE SAINTSBURY WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY A. J. STUART-WORTLEY AND A. THOBURN SECOND EDITION LONDON LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO. AND NEW YORK: 15 EAST 16th STREET 1895 All rights reserved
12mo. Pp. Half Title. Frontispiece of 'Home Life' Title Page. (i-vi) 1pp 'Illustrations' (3-293) 2pp 'The Badminton Library' 24pp 'Longmans Classified Advertisements' Bound in red half calf with marble boards and calf corners. Blind tooled borders around boards. Spine with intricate gilt tooling and gilt lines. Also with green labels, gilt lettering and raised bands. Overall a very clean copy both inside and out.
- An interesting book to all lovers of finely cooked game; especially the king of game birds -- the Grouse.

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ref number: 10957

TAVERNER PHILLIPS.   F.     - A private printing for the Company of Cooks. Very rare.
A History of the Worshipful Company of Cooks, London.
Compiled by F. TAVERNER PHILLIPS, Citizen and Cook of London. Juxia medicinam esse coquorum officium simulantium et adulationem quartae particulae civilitatis. Quintilian’s translation of a quotation from Plato’s Gorgias. LONDON 1932 (the 450th anniversary of the Incorporation of the Cook’s company).
FIRST EDITION. 12mo. Inside front cover and fep with marbled paper. 1fep with inscription to C.Harold Ridge from the Compiler October 1946. Half title, Verso with notation of the book being a private printing for the Worshipful Company of Cooks. [1] Frontispiece of the Cooks’ Company Arms. Title page. [1] (1)viii Contents. 1p List of Illustrations. [1] (1) xii-xiii Preface. (1)xv Authors Forward. [1] (1)xviii-xi Introduction. [1] (1)2-191. [1] (1)104-207 Index. [1] 1fep. Inside back cover and fep with marbled paper. Original full red cloth binding with gilt text on spine and gilt armorial and text on front cover. Text block has original untrimmed pages. Considering its age, its in wonderful original condition.
- The Cook’s Guild of London is the oldest. This book was compiled and written by Taverner Phillips, who was also a cook. It was a private printing which probably means it was a very small number published. Including the frontispiece there are 13 Illustrations showing everything to do with the Cooks’ Company, its cups, badges and silverware, to a complete list past Masters and Wardens, and a very comprehensive history dating from its first mention in Deed Pole – May 21st 1500. The Roll of the Cooks’ Company however goes back to 1309-1312 when mention of Cooks’ redemptions have been extracted from the Letter Book D at the Guildhall, London. After the incorporation of the Cooks’ Company the earliest extant list to be found, is in a manuscript volume in the Public Record Office (Chapter House Books, Vol.93) under the heading of ‘Pastelers’. The title page of the volume is inscribed ‘The Companyes of all the Craftes or Mysteries of London’. Although undated, it was compiled in 1538. This is a fantasstic book. Also considering it was compiled and written by a cook it is all the more fascinating. It should be a part of the curriculum of all Catering colleges. An enlarged later edition was compiled and published in 1982. See item - ref:# 11112, on this site.

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ref number: 11222

Thrupp.   Sylvia     - A fine historical study.
A Short History of the Worshipful Company of Bakers of London
Half Title with the Worshipful Company of Baker's Crest.
FIRST EDITION 1933. 153x232mm. 2feps. Half title of Baker’s crest. [1] Title page. [1] v-vii Forward. [1] ix Author’s Preface. [1] xi Contents. [1] xiii Illustrations. [1] 1-170. 1p Photograph. [1] 171-172 Supplementary Notes. Photograph. [1] 173-176 List of Company Records. 177-182 List of Company Masters. p183 List of Company Clerks. 184-187 List of Benefactors. 188-189 List of the Company Livery. 190-201 Chapter Notes. 202-207 Index. 9p Decorative Scenes. 1fep. Twenty three pages of photographs and decorative scenes all with tissue guards. Red quarter calf binding with green cloth boards with bright gilt tooling on front board and spine (photo 1 below). Excellent condition externally and internally.
- During the year 1931-2, Frederick Abraham Mostyn became the Master of the Guild or Mistery of Bakers. He undertook the restoring and re-decorating of the ancient Company Hall after fifty years of neglect. As the Baker’s Company is one of the oldest and most venerable of the London livery companies, Mostyn also decided to put on record for the first time the history of the Company from its foundation. The earliest reference to the bakers is at the beginning of the reign of Henry II. The baker’s charter was granted by Queen Elizabeth I in1569. (photo 2 below) Mostyn approached Miss Sylvia Thrupp, M.A., Ph.D., of the London School of Economics. She had, circa. 1930 published an essay on ‘The Grocers of London’, a study that dealt with English Trade in the fifteenth century. She agreed to Mostyn’s request, although much of the history of ‘The Company of Bakers’ lay hidden in documents couched in mediaeval Latin and French scripts. Failing precise and trustworthy accounts of the origins of mediaeval craftsmen’s gilds, two of the main theories is, one, compounding for tolls and taxes, and two, the right vested in gild officers to supervise and govern the trade to which they were connected. From this historical basis Sylvia Thrupp starts, and takes the reader through a very interesting tour of the growth of the Company of Bakers up to 1933, the date of Mostyn’s forward at the beginning of the book. The list of company Masters on page 177 begins with John Jenyns who was in office from 1481-1489. This is not only the story of the bakers, but Thrupp has skilfully weaved in other significant livery companies of London. This allows us to see the Baker’s Company in the proper historical context of other venerable crafts. A wonderful book; Moyston chose his historical author well.

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ref number: 11097

Tillinghast & M.H.   Mary     - Two books bound in one
THE YOUNG COOKS Monitor;
OR DIRECTIONS FOR Cookery and Distilling, BEING A Choice Compendium of Excellent Receipts. Made Publick for the Use and Benifit of my Scholars. The THIRD EDITION with Large ADDITIONS. By M.H. LONDON: Printed for the Author, at her House in Limestreet. 1705. --- BOUND WITH: Rare and Excellent RECEIPTS. Experienc'd, and Taught By Mrs Mary Tillinghast. And now Printed for the Use of her Scholars only. LONDON, Printed in the Year, 1690.
12mo. 2fep. Title page. 2pp. Epistle preface, signed M.H. (9-180) 2nd Title page. (1-30) 2fep. Nicely bound in contemporary full mottled tan calf with gilt lines and fillet on boards. Spine with raised bands, gilt lines, red label with gilt lettering. Clean internally with very light ageing and minor worming to some pages without loss of text. A very rare item.
- The first edition of the 'Young Cook's Monitor' was printed 1683. Oxford states that the 2nd edition of 1690 has an appendix. This third edition of 1705 also has an appendix. The second book; Tillinghast's 'Rare and Excellent Receipts' was first printed in 1678. This copy is the second of 1690. In Oxford's 'Notes from a Collector's Catalogue' he writes on page 87, that both his and the BM's copies of Tillinghast's book are also bound with the 'Young Cook's Monitor' There is also a surprising similarity between these 2 books bound in one volume, and the anonymous work, 'The True Way'. (item, #10962 on this site under 'Anon') The three books and receipts are remarkably similar with the three Title pages all proclaiming they are 'Made Publick for the Use and Benefit of my Scholars.' The Epistle Directories of both books have the same similar statement addressed to her Scholars. (There is no Epistle Directory in Tillinghast's book). The 'True Way' does not have any indication of authorship, while the 'Cook's Monitor' has M.H. after the preface. This compiler suggests that Mary Tillinghast is the maiden name of the M.H. of the 'Young Cooks Monitor'. I suggest that sometime after writing/publishing her 'Excellent Receipts' in 1678, Mary Tillinghast married and assumed her married initials of M.H. while keeping the authorship of 'The True Way' anonymous. At this point in time there is no way to prove this theory, but the startling similarities between the three works (bound in two volumes) are too evident to ignore. Further reference can be found in the 'The Recipes Project' online that informs: The British Library copies of the Tillinghast and second edition of the Young Cooks Monitor were bound together, sometime during the 19th century: BL shelf-marks C.189.aa.10 (1) and (2).

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ref number: 10960

Tissot.   DR.     - First English edition 1776.
ADVICE TO PEOPLE IN GENERAL.
WITH Respect to their Health: Translated form the French Edition of Dr. Tissot's 'Avis au People'. &c. Printed at Lyons; with all his Notes; also a few of his medical Editor's at Lyons; and several occa-sional Notes adapted to this English Translation, By a PHYSICIAN. WITH A Table of the most cheap, yet effectual Reme-dies, and the plainest Directions for preparing them readily. (enclosed in 3 long thin lines) IN TWO VOLUMES.- In the Multitude of the People is the Honour of a King; and for the Want of People cometh the Destruction of the Prince. Prov. xiv.28. - VOL.1. (a long double-thick line) EDINBURGH: Printed by A. Donaldson, and sold at his shops in London and Edinburgh. (a short double-thick line) MDCCLXV1. VOLUME 11. Same Title page.
2 x 12mo. 172 x 110 mm. VOL.1 - 2 feps. Title page. [1] (1) - vi Authors Dedication. Lausanne, Dec.3. 1762. (1)viii - x The Contents. (1)xii - xxi Preface. [1] (1)2 - 27 Introduction. [1] (1)29 - 271. Verso Publishers adverts. 2 feps. - VOL.11. 2 feps. Title page. [1] (1) - vi The Contents. (1)2 - 318. 2 feps. Both volumes in full brown calf with nice patina. Gilt tooling in three compartments. Text blocks with good thick paper. A little light edge staining on both title pages with no loss. Overall fine condition.
- Dr Tissot originally had his books published at Zurich in German by Messrs: Heidegger. Then thereafter a second French edition in Paris, followed by a third at Rotterdam. Sometime later an Italian edition was published. It must have been a popular work. The list of contents appears to cover all types of ailments, both male and female. An interesting read, but definitely of its time.

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ref number: 11287

Toklas   Alice B.     - with the famous 'Haschich Fudge' recipe.
The Cook Book
ILLUSTRATIONS BY SIR FRANCIS ROSE. (Printers device of a mermaid) London. MICHAEL JOSEPH
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. 1954. 8vo. Illustrated cartographic paste-down and end-paper. [1] Half title. [2] Frontispiece drawing of Toklas. Title page. Printers info. page. 1p Contents. [1] ix-xi A Word with Cook. [1] (2)3-280. (2)283-288 Index of Recipes. 2fep. [1] Illustrated cartographic end-paper and paste-down. Cream coloured cloth boards. Spine with gilt and green cloth label. Unclipped D/J and lightly browned spine and lightly stained, browned and chipped at edges. With publisher's slip and review notes on reverse by cookery book writer Robin McDouall. Illustrated throughout by Francis Rose. Internally very good.
- Alice Babette Toklas was born in San Francisco, California into a middle-class Jewish family and attended schools in both San Francisco and Seattle. For a short time she also studied music at the University of Washington. She went to Paris and met Gertrude Stein an American writer, on September 8, 1907 on the first day that she arrived. Together they hosted a famous salon at 27 rue de Fleurus that attracted expatriate American writers, such as Ernest Hemingway, Paul Bowles, Thornton Wilder and Sherwood Anderson, and avant-garde painters, including Picasso, Matisse and Braque. Acting as Stein's confidante, lover, cook, secretary, muse, editor, critic, and general organizer, Toklas remained a background figure, chiefly living in the shadow of Stein, until Stein published her memoirs in 1933 under the teasing title The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. It became Stein's bestselling book. The two were a couple until Gertrude Stein's death in 1946. Toklas then published her own literary memoir, this 1954 book that mixed reminiscences and recipes. The most famous recipe therein (actually contributed by her friend Brion Gysin) is called "Haschich Fudge", a mixture of fruit, nuts, spices, and ‘canibus [sic] sativa’, or marijuana. Her name was later lent to the range of cannabis concoctions called Alice B. Toklas brownies. Some believe that the slang term toke, meaning to inhale marijuana, is derived from her last name. The cookbook has not been out of print since it was first published, and has been translated into numerous languages, most recently into Norwegian in 2007. A second cookbook followed in 1958 called Aromas and Flavors of Past and Present. She also wrote articles for several magazines and newspapers including The New Republic and the New York Times. In 1963 she published her autobiography, What Is Remembered, which abruptly ends with Stein's death, leaving little doubt that Stein was the love of her lifetime. Her later years were very difficult because of poor health and financial problems, aggravated by the fact that Stein's heirs took the priceless paintings (some of them by Picasso) which had been left to her by Stein. Toklas also became a Roman Catholic convert in her old age, as she had been told by a priest that in that way she may possibly meet Stein again in the afterlife. She died in poverty at the age of 89, and is buried next to Stein in Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France; Toklas' name is engraved on the back of Stein's headstone.

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ref number: 11098