Verral.   William     - With the bookplate of Andre Simon and Eleanor Lowenstein
A Complete System of Cookery
In which is set forth, A variety of genuine RECEIPTS, collected from several Years Experience under the celebrated Mr. de ST. CLOUET, sometime since COOK to his grace the Duke of Newcastle. BY WILLIAM VERRAL, Master of the White-Hart Inn in Lewes, Sussex. Together with an INTRODUCTORY PREFACE, Shewing how every Dish is brought to the Table, and in what Manner the meanest Capacity shall never err in doing what his Bill of Fare contains. To which is added, A true Character of Monf. de ST. CLOUET. LONDON, Printed for the AUTHOR, and fold by him; As also by EDWARD VERRAL Bookseller, in LEWES: And by JOHN RIVINGTON in St. Paul's Church-yard, London. M DCC LIX
FIRST AND SOLE EDITION: 8vo. Pp. Title Page. 12pp 'Contents' (i-xxxiv) (1-240) Fully Bound in contemporary mid brown calf with gilt tooled borders. Spine with raised bands, gilt lines, gilt lettering and brown labels with slight damage. Internally clean with minimal aging and slight browning to pages 72 - 92. A very scarce item.
- Little is known about Verral, except he was the fifth son of Richard Verral who first opened the White-Hart Inn, Lewes Sussex as an hotel in 1713. In the book we learn that the well known Cook, Mons. de St. Clouet was a huge influence on him. Verral worked under his guidance in the Kitchens of the Duke of Newcastle. Gilly Lehman informs us that after being dismissed by Newcastle, Mons. Clouet took the post of Abermarle's Maitre d'hotel at the embassy in Paris. Verral also informs, that at some time, Clouet had also become steward to 'Marshal Richelieu' Verral unusually for an English cook gives each recipe with French and English titles, and praises the French style of cookery and service. The White Hart at Lewes has a very interesting history. The fourteenth-century house was at one time the residence of the Pelham-Clintons, and there was a secret staircase to be used in cases of urgency during the period from 1485-1603. When the Commonwealth was declared, in 1649, the wine cellar was used as a dungeon for captives. Following Wm. Verrall in ownership of the White Hart was a noted caterer, William Thomas Scrase, who knew the value of keeping his larder well stocked, a cellar of the choicest wines, and neat post-chaises and saddle horses of merit for journeying to any part of England. In the eighteenth century the Hotel was a favourite resort of Thomas Paine, then regarded as a notorious revolutionary, who wrote 'The Age of Reason' whilst in prison in Paris. About 1768 he formed 'The Headstrong Club" at a meeting held in the panelled room, but seven years later he had removed to Philadelphia where he advocated the abolition of negro slavery. In 1816, Bonaparte's military carriage and personal contents taken at Waterloo by Marshal Blucher were exhibited in the yard of the White Hart for two days. Today, on the internet, we are informed the Hotel is; "Rich with history, the hotel is known as the cradle of American Independence, where Thomas Paine forged his radical policies in the debating club of the old inn. His pamphlet "Common Sense" sold half a million copies in 1776 and inspired the Declaration of Independence, signed later that year. Nowadays, wood panelling, oak beams and open fireplaces all create a welcoming atmosphere. The White Hart Hotel has been substantially developed to offer a leisure club, restaurant and lounges for guests and locals alike. (See image #5 below)" To look at Wm. Verrall's book of 1759, and then view the White Hart web pages on the internet, gives a unique sense of the historical passage over time of this very old establishment.

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W.   S.     Very scarce to rare.
THE NEW LONDON COOKERY.
ADAPTED TO THE USE OF PRIVATE FAMILIES. NINTH EDITION, GREATLY AUGMENTED AND IMPROVED. BY S.W. LONDON; JOSEPH SMITH, 193, HIGH HOLBORN. 1837.
Small 12vo. Frontispiece of one folding plate. Title page with double ruled border. 5pp engraved plates. 5pp blanks. i-iv Prefatory remarks. 1-548. 3pp Contents. 1p Catalogue of books. Very nicely bound in modern dark brown calf with blind tooled fillets and lines to the boards. Spine with raised bands and blind tooling in the compartments. Brown label with gilt lettering and date at the base. Text block nice and tight. Pages clean except for a continuous small stain on the upper corner of pages 217-489 without affecting the text. A nice copy.
- Not in Oxford, Bitting nor Cagle. On page 141, a quaint recipe for 'Love in Disguise'-- After well cleaning, stuff a calf's heart, cover it an inch thick with forcemeat, then roll it in vermicelli, put it in a dish with a little water, and send it to the oven. When done, serve it in its own gravy in the dish. This forms a pretty side dish. An unusual but pleasing and quite comprehensive cookery book. Hard to fully categorise as there are no copies in any of the major cookery book collections and very little information available. A rare book.

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ref number: 10964

W. M.       - The great 17th century classic.
The Queens Closet OPENED.
BEING Incomparable Secrets in Physick, Chyrurgery, Preserving, and Candying, &c. Which were presented to the QUEEN By the most experienc'd Persons of the times, many whereof were had in Esteem when she pleased to descend to private Recreations. The Tenth Edition, Corrected, with many new and large additions; together with Three exact Tables. Vivit post Funera Virtus. LONDON, Printed for E.Blagrave, and are to be sold by the Booksellers of London and Westminster, 1696. Bound with -- A QUEENS Delight:-- OR, The Art of Preserving, Conserving, and Candying. As also, A right Knowledge of making Perfumes, and Distilling the most excellent Waters. LONDON Printed in the Year 1696. Bound with -- The Compleat COOK:-- Expertly Prescribing The most ready Ways, whether Italian, Spanish or French, FOR Dressing of Flesh and Fish, Ordering of Sauces, Or making of PASTRY. LONDON. Printed in the Year 1695.
12mo. 2feps.[1] Frontispiece of Henrietta Maria. Title Page.[1] 2p Preface. 4p Approvers Names. 1-163. 5p 'The Table' - THE 2ND PART; Title Page 'A Queens Delight'.[1] 171-264. 4p The Table. - THE 3RD PART; Title Page 'The Complete Cook'.[1] 271-401. 8p The Table.[1] 2feps. Fully Bound in contemporary dark brown calf with original boards and gilt tooled borders. Re-backed spine with gilt tooling, raised bands, and a red label with gilt lettering. Very clean internally, with minimal ageing to pages. Considering it is over 300 years old, a very scarce item in this fine condition.
- Henrietta Maria, Born 25 November 1609, was Princess of France and Queen Consort of England, Scotland and Ireland (13 June 1625 – 30 January 1649) through her marriage to Charles I. She was the mother of two kings, Charles II and James II, and was grandmother to Mary II, William III, and Queen Anne. The often hated catholic wife of King Charles 1 was well acquainted with a number of natural philosophers/scientists, including John Evelyn, Kenelm Digby, the physician Theodore Turquet de Mayerne, the mathematician John Pell and the apothecary John Parkinson. Drawing together the work of these men and other members of the queen’s household, Henrietta Maria’s name is associated with one of the most successful publications of the seventeenth century: ‘The Queens Closet Opened,’ first published in 1655. With various corrections and additions, it went into at least eighteen editions in the seventeenth century alone, and was further reprinted in the 18th century. It was in three parts, ‘The Pearl of Practise’ (remedies), ‘A Queens Delight’ (confectionery), and ‘The Compleat Cook’ (cookery). In the Preface, the presenter, W. M., informed the public that these were Henrietta Maria’s own receipts: Who is W.M.? In her fascinating article online, Jane Archer, of the University of Warwick, puts forward some compelling facts to support the theory that,----- ‘W. M.’ would have been instantly identifiable as Walter Montagu[e] (c.1603-1677), perhaps the closest and most loyal of Henrietta Maria’s ‘late servants’. A Catholic, an exile, a published author, a loyal servant who ‘fell with the Court’, and a secretary ---‘ Jane archer elaborates ‘---The precise facts of Montagu’s life are sketchy, but it is clear that he served Henrietta Maria as secretary and spy, a keeper and discoverer of secrets. The second son of the Earl of Manchester and a protégé of the Duke of Buckingham, Montagu first met Henrietta Maria in 1624, when he was sent on a secret mission to France to prepare the way for marriage negotiations. Following Buckingham’s assassination in 1628, Montagu established himself as a leading member of the Queen’s court at Denmark House. During the 1630s, he influenced the religious, political, cultural and philosophical life of Henrietta Maria’s household. Following his conversion to Catholicism in 1635, Montagu encouraged the Queen to take a more active role in propagating the Catholic faith in England ----‘ (because of this pushing of the Catholic faith, she become a hated figure, and her portrait as frontispiece to the ‘Closet Opened’ was often torn out. This is why many copies now lack the unique engraving) -----‘Montagu spent these years supervising the publication of his writings (some of which had previously circulated in manuscripts) in England. A brief scan of the dates of Montagu’s publications (1648, 1649, 1656 and 1660) reveals that he was in close and frequent contact with London publishers during the period when The Queens Closet Opened was first published.’ Archer further states ---‘ Indeed, if Montagu can be identified with ‘W. M.’, then it is tempting to interpret the publication of The Queens Closet Opened as a continuation of his work as loyal secretary to Henrietta Maria. An important aspect of the work of a secretary. ----‘ Due to failing health Henrietta Maria returned to her native France on the 24th June 1665, and lived the remainder of her life there. She died on 9th September 1669 at Colombes, near Paris. She was buried in St. Denis with the exception of her heart which was separately interred at Chaillot in a silver casket bearing the inscription; “Henrietta Maria, Queen of England, France, Scotland and Ireland, daughter of the King of France Henry IV the Victorious, wife of Charles I the Martyr and mother of the restored Charles II”. By any standards; a unique life and a unique book.

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ref number: 10920

WALKER. M.A.   THOMAS     Little known Victorian periodicals compiled.
THE ORIGINAL.
by THOMAS WALKER, M.A. TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE; BARRISTER AT LAW, AND ONE OF THE POLICE MAGISTRATES OF THE METROPOLIS. SECOND EDITION. LONDON. HENRY RENSHAW, 356, STRAND. 1836
220 x 120mm. 2feps. Title page. On verso; LONDON: IBOTSON AND PALMER, SAVOY STREET, STRAND. (i) - iv Contents. (1)2-444. Including all 29 periodicals. 2feps. The pages very clean. Both inside covers and facing pages marbled. 1/4 bottle green calf with same colour cloth boards. Tips bottle green calf. Spine with raised bands and gilt tooling with dark maroon label. All edges of the text block marbled. A very attractive copy.
- This is a full compilation of an irregular series of individual Victorian periodicals written entirely by Thomas Walker, the son of a Manchester manufacturer and Whig reformer. Walker was born in 1784, gained his B.A. and M.A. from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1808 and 1811 respectively, and was called to the bar in 1812. In 1829, he became a police magistrate in Lambeth court. Six years later, he began 'The Original' for, he claimed, it would provide “a constant and interesting stimulus to my faculties of observation and reflection” – in other words, it would act as a kind of public diary. A lively, un-illustrated 3d weekly 16-page miscellany (though its first issue comprised 12 pages and its last just 4), it ran from May 20th 1835 to the 2nd December 1835 for 29 numbers, coming out every Wednesday for 3d and also monthly in a wrapper (its last number, the 4-page issue, costing only a penny). It was published by Henry Renshaw, 356 Strand, London and printed by Ibotson & Palmer, Savoy Street. The most famous and influential section of the miscellany in the nineteenth century and beyond was 'Aristology; or, The Art of Dining'. Beginning in number 13 and continuing until number 22, it received particular favour in the 'Quarterly Review'. It was eventually published separately in 1883 with the rather unlikely suggestion it become a school textbook, edited by no less than Sir Henry Cole, founder of the Albert Hall, the Royal College of Music – and the National School of Cookery. It is possible to see the influence of Brillat-Savarin’s famous 'Physiologie du Goût' - 1825, in Walker’s mixture of charming anecdote and pseudo-science. However, recipes are conspicuously lacking: unlike Brillat-Savarin, Walker concentrated on refining the delights of consumption rather than production. His work relates to the gastronomic literature associated with gentlemen’s clubs such as George Vasey’s 'Illustrations of Eating' - 1847. and J. Timb’s 'Hints for the Table' - 1859. rather than to the practical and popular cookbooks of that time.

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Walsh.   John Henry     - In fine original condition.
The English Cookery Book
uniting A GOOD STYLE WITH ECONOMY, and ADAPTED TO ALL PERSONS IN ANY CLIME; containing MANY UNPUBLISHED RECEIPTS IN USE BY PRIVATE FAMILIES. COLLECTED BY A COMMITTEE OF LADIES. and edited by J.H. WALSH F.R.C.S., author of 'A Manual of Domestic Economy' With Engravings. LONDON; G. ROTALEDGE AND CO. FARRINGDON STREE; AND 18 BEEKMAN STREET, NEW YORK. 1859.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 1fep. Frontispiece of kitchen ranges. Title page. [1] (1)iv Preface. (1)vi-viii Contents. (1)2-350. 351-360 Bills of Fare. (1)362-375 Index. [1] 1fep. With eight wood engraved plates (including the Frontis) Publisher's quarter red morocco and green cloth, gilt stamped on the spine and front cover. Housed in modern quarter dark tan and marbled boards slip-case, with gilt lines and tooling and gilt lettering. Internally very clean and tight with sometime past strengthening of the inside guttering. An extremely nice copy in this condition.
- Cagle, on pp 752, records an edition of 1858, unrecorded in other bibliographies. This edition of 1859 is a first also. Whether it is a 1st or 2nd issue is difficult to ascertain. The Preface is dated September 1858. Lacking any further information in the book or in Bitting or Axford, one might assume this is a first edition - 2nd issue. The spine and boards are in exceptional condition. The spine is filled with the original beautiful bright gilt figures and lettering. A large bright gilt ornament of the same quality is on the front cover. They are as good as new, thus the reason for the slip case.

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ref number: 10942

Walsh.   J.H.    
THE BRITISH COOKERY BOOK
UNITING A GOOD STYLE WITH ECONOMY, AND ADAPTED TO ALL PERSONS IN EVERY CLIME: CONTAINING MANY UNPUBLISHED RECEIPTS IN DAILY USE BY PRIVATE FAMILIES. COLLECTED BY A COMMITTEE OF LADIES, AND EDITED BY J.H. WALSH F.R.C.S., AUTHOR OF "A MANUAL OF DOMESTIC ECONOMY". New Edition with Engravings. LONDON: ROUTLEDGE, WARNE, AND ROUTLEDGE, FARRINGDON STREET; AND 56, WALKER STREET, NEW YORK. 1863.
8vo. 3feps. Frontispiece of kitchen ranges with a tissue guard. Title page. [1] (1)iv Preface. (1)vi-viii Contents. (1)2-350. 351-360 Bills of Fare. (1)362-375 Index. [1] 4feps. With eight wood engraved plates (including the Frontis) Original green cloth boards with fresh gilt stamped device on the front cover. The spine is relaid modern burgundy morocco with raised bands, gilt lines, two black labels with gilt lettering. Internally, very clean and tight except for the frontis which had overall small foxing.. A very nice copy.
- This is an exact copy of the first edition of 1859. The only difference is the change of title; from The English Cookery Book - 1859, to The British Cookery Book - 1863. Quite why it was changed from English to British, one can only guess. John Henry Walsh FRCS was born on 21st October, 1810, at Hackney, London. He was educated at private schools, and became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1844. For several years he followed his profession of surgeon, but gradually abandoned it on account of the success of his works on the subject of sport. He wrote on sport under the pseudonym of "Stonehenge". He moved from the country to London in 1852, and the following year brought out his first important book, The Greyhound (3rd ed. 1875), In 1856 his Manual of British Rural Sports appeared, which ran to many editions. During the same year he joined the staff of 'The Field', and became its editor at the close of 1857. Among his numerous books published under the name of "Stonehenge" are: • The Shot-Gun and Sporting Rifle (1859) • The Dog in Health and Disease (1859; 4th ed. 1887) • The Horse in the Stable and in the Field (1861; 13th ed. 1890) • Dogs of the British Isles (1867; 3rd ed. 1885) • The Modern Sportsman's Gun and Rifle (1882-1884) While editor of The Field, Walsh instituted a series of trials of guns, rifles and sporting powders extending over a period of many years, which greatly tended to the development of sporting firearms; and his influence upon all branches of sport was stimulating and beneficial. Besides this volume of cookery he also published 'A Manual of Domestic Economy'. He died at Putney on 12 February 1888, aged 77.

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Walton.   Izaak     - A miniature with original binding.
The Compleat Angler
OR THE Contemplative Man's Recreation BEING A DISCOURSE OF RIVERS, FISH-PONDS, FISH AND FISHING WRITTEN BY IZAAK WALTON LONDON: HENRY FROWDE OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS WAREHOUSE AMEN CORNER, E.C.
64mo. 2,1/16" x 1,3/4".(48 x 55mm) 1fep. Half title. Frontispiece of Walton. Decorative Title Page with the words "The Complete Angler or the Contemplative Men's Recreation" Title Page. [1] vii-xii Epistle Dedicatory. xiii-xix+(1)1-588. (Strangely the pagination has the page numbering starting in the middle of the dedication to the Reader). Has little engravings of fish in the text. Bound in the publishers original clean full limp dark fawn crushed morocco with gilt lettering on spine and front cover. All housed in a full brown calf clam-shell box with gilt lines on the boards. Spine has raised bands with gilt lines and green and red labels with gilt lettering. Inside the clam-shell box is lined with red felt. Internally the book is very clean. A handsome little item. Extremely scarce.
- An Oxford University Press, Miniature Edition. There is no date, but on the verso of the decorative title, it states: from "the fifth edition, much corrected and enlarged". The fifth edition, published in 1676, was the last which Walton himself corrected. This little volume was probably published - circa 1900. Walton’s famous treatise on fishing was printed five times in the seventeenth century. It was first published in May of 1653 with an engraved title-page and engravings of six fishes in the text. The second edition of 1655 contains many alterations and additions to the text, the number of pages being increased from 246 to 355, and the number of chapters from 13 to 21. Seven commendatory poems were prefixed. Four engravings of fishes were added. The third edition was printed in 1661 and re-issued in 1664, with a new title-page. A commendatory poem by Brome previously printed is omitted, and there are a few alterations in the text. The most significant additions are the "Postscript touching the Lawes of Angling" and the Index. The fourth edition was printed in 1668 and closely followed the third in content. The fifth edition, printed in 1676, introduced further changes. The text was revised and considerable additions were made, the length of the text being increased by 20 pages. The copper-plates were re-engraved. Altogether, 'The Compleat Angler' was reprinted 10 times in the eighteenth century, about 117 times in the nineteenth century, and between 30 and 40 times in the twentieth century. Of a single edition published by Cassell & Co. in 1886, 80,000 copies had been sold by 1914. The text of the fifth edition, 1676, has usually been followed in the subsequent printings. A hugely successful book over the centuries that has few rivals.

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Warner.   Richard     - With a signed hand written letter from Richard Warner .
Antiquitates Culinariae;
or Curious Tracts relating to the Culinary affairs of the Old English, With a preliminary discourse, Notes, and Illustrations, By The Reverend Richard Warner, of Sway, near Lymington, Hants. Printed for R. Blamire Strand, London, 1791.
'FIRST & SOLE EDITION. Large 4to. 4feps. [1]1 Double page aquatint plate of the famous 'Peacok Feast. [1] Engraved title-page. [2] Single page aquatint plate of 'A Saxon Entertainment' (1)ii-lvii Preliminary Discourse. [1] (1)-l The Contents. [1]2-137. [1]3feps. The Title Page has some foxing and the the double engraved plate is very slightly age browned otherwise a very clean and very well-preserved wide-margined large paper copy. Also enclosed is a 3 page, 185x222mm signed handwritten letter in good condition from Richard Warner to David Read, discussing and listing a number of his religious publications. Dark brown calf boards rubbed but with a nice patina, with original dark brown morocco spine with bright gilt lettering. With the bookplate of John Marks on the front pastedown. A rare collector's item, especially with the Warner letter.
- Richard Warner (1763-1857) was a prominent English antiquarian and divine. His ‘Antiquitates Culinariae’ was one of the first works to examine the history of early English cookery, at the forefront of a scholarly movement that developed over the last three decades of the eighteenth century. The book contains Warner's detailed introductory notes, then 'The Forme of Cury', copied from an ancient vellum roll thought to have been compiled about 1390 by the master cooks of King Richard II. It further contains 'Ancient Cookery, A.D. 1381', which is another collection of recipes from the same vellum roll. Also 'Ancient Cookery', a collection of recipes from a fifteenth-century manuscript but which dates from a much earlier period, plus 'Ancient Recepts to Preserve Fruits' from the mid-seventeenth century. An account of the enthronization feast of George Neville as Archbishop of York in the reign of King Edward IV, and an account of the enthronization feast of William Warham as Archbishop of Canterbury in 1504, are also recorded. The double-page colored plate titled "A Peacock Feast," which is present in this volume, was removed from most copies, owing to a dispute with the original publisher. Cagle notes this title was printed on both large and smaller paper. This copy is one of the large paper issues. Bitting, p. 485; Cagle, 1049; Crahan sale 446; Simon 1607.

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Warner.   Richard     - With a signed hand written letter from Warner.
Antiquitates Culinariae;
or Curious Tracts relating to the Culinary affairs of the Old English, With a preliminary discourse, Notes, and Illustrations, By The Reverend Richard Warner, of Sway, near Lymington, Hants. Printed for R. Blamire Strand, London, 1791.
FIRST & SOLE EDITION. Large 4to. 1feps with a tipped in hand written letter from Richard Warner. [1] Frontispiece - an aquatint plate of 'A Saxon Entertainment' Engraved title-page. [2] 1 double-paged aquatint plate of the famous 'Peacock Feast'. (1)ii-lvii Preliminary Discourse. [1] (1)-l The Contents. [1]2-137. [1]1fep. Occasional very minor spotting, else a very well-preserved wide-margined large paper copy. Rare original cloth boards and leather spine with gilt lettering. Both ends of the spine slightly rubbed and a crack on one side but still solid. The tipped in 1p hand written letter from the Rev.Richard Warner to 'Mr Dear Sir' asking for a facsimile "of the words per me Ric. Abbem at the foot of the acknowledgement of supremecy of Hen: VIII." 110x160mm with very minor blemishes just above the signature. Dated 14th August 1825 - Weston super Mare, Somerset.
- Richard Warner (1763–1857), divine and antiquary, born in Marylebone, London, on 18 Oct. 1763, was the son of Richard Warner, ‘a respectable London tradesman.’ Early in his sixth year he was sent to a boarding-school near London, and remained there until his father removed, with his family, to Lymington in Hampshire, described by him in his ‘Literary Recollections’. On 19 Oct. 1787 he matriculated from St. Mary Hall, Oxford, and kept eight terms at the university, but left without taking a degree. About 1790 Warner was ordained by William Markham, archbishop of York, his title being the curacy of Wales, near Rotherham, where he stayed for three months, the curacy of his vicarage of Boldre, near Lymington for nearly four years. The influence of Gilpin's tastes was afterwards perceptible in the topographical writings of Warner. Then the more lucrative curacy of Fawle for over two years; but the situation did not agree with his family. The chapel of All Saints, Bath, in the parish of Walcot, was opened for divine service on 26 Oct. 1794, and Warner was placed in charge of it as curate to John Sibley, rector of the mother parish. In April 1795 he accepted the curacy of the populous parish of St. James's, Bath, and he continued in that position for about twenty-two years, preaching his farewell sermon on 23 March 1817. For many years after his settlement at Bath, Warner was the best-known man of letters in that city, and he knew all the literary men who frequented it. Warner was appointed on 13 May 1809 to the rectory of Great Chalfield in Wiltshire, which he enjoyed until his death. In the 1826 list of fellows of the Society of Antiquaries his name appears as elected, but he was never admitted. He died on 27 July 1857, when nearly ninety-four years of age, and was buried on 11 Aug. 1857 in the chancel of Chelwood church, a monument being erected to his memory. The widow, Anne [‘Pearson’], died at Widcombe Cottage, Bath, on 23 March 1865, aged 85, and was buried at Chelwood. One daughter, Ellen Rebecca Warner, was also buried there on 18 Sept. 1833. Warner's voluminous writings comprised over 44 various volumes. Given this huge output, one wonders if the people of his many parishes knew what he looked like. This, his infamous book, ‘Antiquitates Culinariæ: Tracts on Culinary Affairs of the Old English,’ 1791 attracted the attention and ire of John Carter (1748–1817) who prosecuted him for pirating in this work his print of the ‘Peacock Feast,’ and got a verdict for 20l guineas. The print was therefore torn from all the copies then unsold. This action cost Warner 70l guineas in all. Interestingly, Warner had been told that Carter had given permission for the reproduction. This fine original copy has survived with the ‘Peacock Feast’ plate intact.

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WEBER   J.M. ERICH    
PRAKTISCHE KONDITOREI-KUNST
"PRA-KO-KU" Das grobe Konditorei-Fachbuch der Welt Herausgeber: J.M. Erich Weber, Dresden Mit Rezeptbuch "Ausgesuchte Spezial-Rezepte" und einem Satz von 23 Pausen und 6 Zelluloid-Schablonen Siebente Auflage Der Text dieser Ausgabe in deutscher, englischer, schwedischer, franzosischer und spanischer Sprache (printer's device of illustration of Weber) Internationaler Fachverlag J.M. Erich Weber, Radebeul-Dresden. Printed in Germany
Large 4to. 1923. 7th Edition. Pastedown and endpaper with special printer's design. [1] Half title. Book title in German, English, Swedish, French and Spanish. B/W Photograph of Erich Weber. [1] Title Page. 2p Preface in five languages. 2p Index. 1-108. Recipes in 5 languages on verso with a photograph on the facing page. 2p Advertisements. [1] End-paper and paste-down with special printer's design. With 90 coloured & 186 b/w plates. Also with 23 stencils of cakes & 6 celluloid schablones. Plus a 4to soft paper Recipe book with 37 pages. D/W in good condition with some pieces missing with no loss. Very fresh red cloth boards and spine with gilt writing and device on the boards.
- At the end of the 20th century, Germany started to rise to prominence in the confectionary crafts. Urbain Dubois (a Frenchman) had recently been appointed the Royal Confectioner to the court of Kaiser Willhelm 1. By the 1890’s Germany was wrestling with France to become the arbiter of confectionary design. Johannes Martin Erich Weber’s books started to make an impact. Weber was a Dresden supplier and confectionary school owner, who brought to his manual new recent technical advances in photography and printing. He also had an imaginative approach to marketing. Praktische Konditorei-Kunst was a popular guide for pastry students and chefs who baked goods for the Konditorei, those tearooms and cafés specializing in the pastry arts. Part of the importance of this book lies in its set of cake decoration templates and perforated parchment guides. The original supplements rarely withstood decades of use in professional kitchens. This copy has all of them present. The book and the two supplements are housed in their original thick brown cardboard sleeve, albeit - quite rubbed. The original dust-jacket is present (see 1st photograph below) and the book is in excellent condition overall. A wonderful item that is the legacy of a proud craftsman. It is a testament to the highest standards of bakery, patisserie and cake decoration, etc, of that time.

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ref number: 11104