Skuse.   E.     - Fantastic original condition; as new.
Practical Confectioner.
[10th Edition.] Copy-Right.] [Price 7/6, Postage 4d. SKUSE’S COMPLETE CONFECTIONER A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO THE ART OF SUGAR BOILING IN ALL ITS BRANCHES THE MANUFACTURE OF FONDANTS, CREAMS, CHOCOLATES, PASTILLES, JUJUBES (GELATINE AND GUM), COMFITS, LOZENGES, (PLAIN AND MEDICATED), CARAMELS, NOVEAUS, NOUGATS, JAP NUGGETS,PRALINES, &c., ICE CERAMS AND ICES OF EVERY DESCRIPTION, JAMS, JELLIES AND MARMALDES (BY FIRE AND STEAM) CONCENTRATED TABLE AND JELLIES, PRESERVED AND CRYSTALISED FRUITS, CANDIED PEEL., &C. ENGLISH AND SCOTCH PASTRY. (single line) All Information Respecting Colours and Flavours: the best to use and how to use them. (single line) USEFUL NOTES ON MACHINERY FOR EVERY PURPOSE. (single line) PUBLISHED BY W.J. BUSH & CO., LTD,. ASH GROVE, HACKNEY, LONDON.
220 x 149 mm. Front inside pastedown with Advertisements. Title page. Verso with Advertisements. 1p Preface. 7p well illustrated Advertisements. 1-213. (1)215-222 Index. Plain back pastedown. The text highlighted by many nice illustrations and all recipes and chapters with large bold heading. Original dark brown cloth cover with black blind tooling in the art nouveau style. In immaculate condition. Circa 1900.
- This book is very interesting to the student or collector of all aspects of the special skills of the Patissier, Boulangier, Chocolatier, Sugarworker and Sweet-makers etc. A glance at the title page is a glimpse of the full Victorian sweets repertoire. Then the industrial revolution happened and took the sweets of the home-cook into the factories. Mass production methods revolutionised sweet-making from the 1860s on. Specialised machines were the key to the new confectionery industry in Britain and America, and new technology remains a central concern of the modern confectionery business. Chocolate enrobing machines, almond blanchers, coconut graters, lollipop makers -- there was a specially designed machine for every one of the finicky jobs involved in sweet-making, and manuals such as Skuse's Complete Confectioner showcased the latest contraptions, such as the caramel machines. Commercial sweet-making is still veiled in secrecy, because individual machines are often customised to create that special new sweet. Unfortunately the end result of all the endeavour is the modern packed sweet-shops, obese children, rampant diabetes and a steep decline in home baking. Never the less, this is a fascinating book, not only for the recipes, the good illustrations, but the advertisements that show the sweet-makers equipment. This book gives a feeling of feverish industrial activity. An important item for any serious cookbook collection. Originally published London, 1878. The BL only records an 11th ed of 1911. Bitting an 11th as well. Cagle has a 10th and states no other recorded. Rare.

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SMITH.   Robert    
Court Cookery: or the Compleat English COOK.
Containing the Choicest and Newest RECEIPTS FOR MAKING Soops, Pottages, Fricasseys, Harshes, Farces, Ragoo's, Cullises, Sauces, Forc'd-Meats, and Souses: With various Ways of Dressing most Sorts of Flesh, Fish, and Fowl, Wild, and Tame; with the best Methods of Potting, Collaring and Pickling. AS LIKEWISE Of Pastes, Pies, Pasties, Patties, Puddings, Tansies, Biskets, Creams, Cheesecakes, Florentines, Cakes, Jellies, Sillabubs and Custards. ALSO Of Candying and Preserving: With a Bill of Fare for every Month in the Year, and the latest Improvements in Cookery, Pastry, &c. By R. Smith, Cook (under Mr. Lamb) to King William, as also to the Dukes of Buckingham, Ormond, D'Aumone (the French Ambassador) and others of the Nobility and Gentry. The Second Edition, with large Additions. LONDON: Printed for T. Wotton, at the Three-Daggers in Fleet-Street. M.DCC.XXV.
8vo. 1fep. Title page with double line border. [1] 6p To the Nobility and Gentry with printers device at the top of the page. 1+2-212. 213-218 Bills of Fare. 14p Index. 1fep. Text and pages very slightly age browned at the edges but overall nice, clean and crisp. Full dark brown calf original boards with a lovely patina. The spine rebound in sympathetic dark brown calf with raised bands, blind-tooled lines, with a dark green label with gilt letters and lines. With the date 1725 in gilt at the bottom of the spine. overall a very nice copy with the bookplate of Mary Chadsey.
- In the Preface, Robert Smith, who worked under Patrick Lamb in the kitchens of King William states he knew most of Lamb’s receipts and methods of dressings; yet several of those receipts now in Lamb’s famous cookery book ‘Royal Cookery’ were never made or practised by him. He further states that other receipts are extreme [sic] defective and imperfect, and made up of ingredients unknown to him; he further claims they were more calculated at the purses, than the ‘gout’ of the guests. Strong criticism of a fellow chef indeed.! A riposte from Lamb is not recorded. A search of Wikipedia highlights an interesting point --- according to legend, the macaroon was invented in an Italian monastery in 1792. Later, two Carmelite nuns, hiding in the town of Nancy during the French Revolution, baked and sold macaroons to cover their expenses. They became known as the "Macaroon Sisters." The cookie recipe was supposedly passed on to the Jewish community in France, who subsequently made it a staple of Passover baking --- However, recipes for macaroons (also spelled "mackaroon" "maccaroon" and "mackaroom") appear in 1724, the date of this edition of Smith's ‘Court Cookery. A scarce and interesting book.

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Southgate   Henry     - In expceptional condition.
Things a Lady Would Like to Know
CONCERNING DOMESTIC MANAGEMENT AND EXPENDITURE ARRANGED FOR DAILY REFERENCE WITH Hints regarding the Intellectual as well as the Physical Life BY HENRY SOUTHGATE AUTHOR OF 'MANY THOUGHTS OF MANY MINDS,' 'NOBLE THOUGHTS IN NOBLE LANGUAGE,' 'GONE BEFORE,' 'BRIDAL BOUQUET,' ETC. ETC. ETC. SECOND EDITION. 'A judicious woman that is diligent and religious is the very soul of a house: she gives orders for the good things of this life, AND FOR THOSE TOO OF ETERNITY.' - Bishop Horne. 'Housekeeping and husbandry, if it be good, - Must love another, as cousins in blood; - The wife, too, must husband as well as the man, - Or farewell thy husbandry, do what you can.' Tusser. WILLIAM P. NIMMO: LONDON, 14 KING WILLIAM STREET, STRAND; AND EDINBURGH. 1875.
217x155mm. 1fep. Half title. A peom on the verso. [1] Frontispiece. Engraved Title page with a tissue guard with very light slight foxing. [1] Title page. [1] 2p Dedication, poem on verso. (1)8 Preface. (1) Contents. [1] 11-16 Prelude. (1)18-536. 537-543 Index. [1] 16p Advertisements. 1fep. All edges gilt. Beautifully fresh, red, black and gilt embossed and tooled spine and front board. Blind tooled red cloth back board. Very clean inside. A very handsome copy of the scarce second edition in the original state, almost as new.
- Henry Southgate, anthologist, born in 1818, a native of London, entered his father's business, and from 1840 to 1866 carried on his practice as an auctioneer of prints and engravings at 22 Fleet Street. The firm was known as Southgate & Barrett until about 1860 (when the partnership was dissolved), after which Southgate became gradually more involved. In the meantime he had made a considerable reputation as a compiler of selections in prose and verse from English classics. He moved about 1870 to South Devon, where he resided at Salcombe, and afterwards at Sidmouth; thence he moved to Ramsgate, where he died on 5 Dec. 1888. This second edition in the unusual red cover is just as scarce as the first of 1874 especially in this immaculate condition. Other copies and editions are not so scarce.

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Southgate.   Henry    
Things a Lady Would like to Know
CONCERNING DOMESTIC MANAGEMENT AND EXPENDITURE ARRANGED FOR DAILY REFERENCE WITH Hints regarding the Intellectual as well as the Physical Life BY HENRY SOUTHGATE AUTHOR OF 'MANY THOUGHTS OF MANY MINDS,' 'NOBLE THOUGHTS IN NOBLE LANGUAGE,' 'GONE BEFORE,' 'BRIDAL BOUQUET,' ETC. ETC. ETC. 'A judicious woman that is diligent and religious is the very soul of a house: she gives orders for the good things of this life, AND FOR THOSE TOO OF ETERNITY.' - Bishop Horne. 'Housekeeping and husbandry, if it be good, - Must love another, as cousins in blood; - The wife, too, must husband as well as the man, - Or farewell thy husbandry, do what you can.' Tusser. WILLIAM P. NIMMO: LONDON, 14 KING WILLIAM STREET, STRAND; AND EDINBURGH. 1874.
FIRST EDITION. 217x155mm. 1fep. Half title. [2] Frontispiece. Engraved Title page. [1] Title page. [1] Dedication. Poem on verso. (1)8 Preface. (1)12-16 Prelude. (1)18-536. 537-543 Index. [1] 1fep. Lovely fresh brown and gilt embossed and tooled and blind tooled cloth boards and spine. Very clean inside. A very handsome copy of the very scarce first edition in the original state.
- Not much is known about Henry Southgate, other than he was an auctioneer in Fleet Street before he eventually turned author. His book is full of extensive Victorian-Christian advice to women that would make modern women's toes curl and cause unexpressed expletives to come to mind. Nevertheless an interesting book albeit of a totally different age. The BL holds five copies -- an 1890 copy, a 6th ed. - 1885; a 5th .- 1877; a 4th - 1876, and a 2nd - 1875;

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Soyer .   Alexis Benoit     - An interesting rarity
Memoirs of Soyer (by his late secretaries)
MEMOIRS OF ALEXIS SOYER; WITH Unpublished Receipts AND ODDS AND ENDS OF GASTRONOMY. COMPILED AND EDITED BY F. VOLANT & J.R. WARREN, HIS LATE SECTRETARIES. LONDON: W. KENT & CO., 51&52, PATERNOSTER ROW. MDCCCLIX.
FIRST AND SOLE EDITION. Front paste-down and endpaper with advertisements. [1] Half-title. [1] Title page. [1] 1pp. Preface. [1] 2pp. Introduction. 8pp. Contents. 1-286. 287-303 Addenda. [2] Back end-paper and paste-down with advertisements. Original boards and spine in lovely blue with nice illustrations and an illustrated portrait of Soyer on the front cover. Slightly rubbed but still very handsome. Internally as new with very light foxing on the half-title. A very rare book especially in this fine original condition.
- Alexis Benoît Soyer (4 February 1810 – 5 August 1858) was a French chef who became the most famous cook in Victorian London. He also tried to alleviate the suffering of the Irish poor in the Great Irish Famine (1845-1849), and improve the food provided to British soldiers in the Crimean War. Soyer was born at Meaux-en-Brie on the Marne in France. His father had several jobs, one of them as a grocer. In 1821 Soyer was expelled from school and went to live with his elder brother Phillipe in Paris. He became an apprentice at G. Rignon restaurant in Paris. Later, in 1826 he moved to restaurant 'Boulevard des Italiens', where he became chief cook of the kitchens. By June 1830, Soyer was a second cook to Prince Polignac at the French Foreign Office. During the July revolution of 1830, Soyer fled to England and the next year joined the London household of Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge, where his brother Philippe already worked. Later, he worked for various other British notables, including the Duke of Sutherland, the Marquess of Waterford, William Lloyd of Aston Hall and the Marquess of Ailsa at Isleworth. In 1837, Soyer became chef de cuisine at the Reform Club in London. He designed (what was to become) the famous kitchens with Charles Barry at the newly built Club. He instituted many innovations, including cooking with gas, refrigerators cooled by cold water, and ovens with adjustable temperatures. His kitchens were so famous that they were opened for conducted tours. When Queen Victoria was crowned on 28 June 1838, he prepared a breakfast for 2,000 people in the Club. His salary was more than £1,000 a year. His Lamb Cutlets Reform are still on the menu of the eponymous club. His wife, Elizabeth Emma Jones born in London - 1813, achieved considerable popularity as a painter, chiefly of portraits. She died in 1842 following complications suffered in a premature childbirth brought on by a thunderstorm. Distraught, Soyer erected a monument to her at Kensal Green Cemetery. Soyer died on 5 August 1858. At the time he was designing a mobile cooking carriage for the Army. He was buried on 11 August in Kensal Green Cemetery. This little volume of his memoirs is a very loving testament by his very faithful secretaries. It is also an interesting read. A must for collectors or students of Soyer. As of August 2008, Soyer and his wife'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. The first Emma Soyer (1842) the wife of Alexis, Alexis Soyer(1858) himself, then Francois Simonau (1859) the artist, stepfather to Emma Soyer. Then finally a Lady Watts (1929) who was Francois Simonau's grand niece.

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Soyer.   Alexis Benoit     - In fine original condition.
Soyer's Culinary Campaign
BEING HISTORICAL REMINISCENCES OF THE LATE WAR. WITH THE PLAIN ART OF COOKERY FOR MILITARY AND CIVIL INSTITUTIONS, THE ARMY, NAVY, PUBLIC, ETC. ETC. By ALEXIS SOYER, AUTHOR OF "THE MODERN HOUSEWIFE" "SHILLING COOKERY FOR THE PEOPLE" ETC. LONDON: G.ROUTELEDGE & CO., FARRINGDON STREET. NEW YORK: 18, BEEKHAM STREET. 1857. {The right of translation is reserved.]
FIRST AND SOLE EDITION. 1857. 1fep a small tipped in inscribed letter to a mother from a soldier at the battle-front at Kadikoi. [1] Frontispiece of an aged Soyer. Title page with tissue guard. [1] 1pp Dedication to Lord Panmure. [1] 1pp Preface. On the verso of the preface is another tipped in note in the same script, relaying a story about Soyer. [1] 2pp Contents. An illustrated drawing of Soyer by H.G.Hine. [1] 1-593. [1] 1p Index to Addenda. 2pp Advertisements. 1fep. The frontispiece nice and clean. Overall very clean inside. Original blue cloth binding with bright gilt pictorial vignette on front cover and the original gilt device and text on the spine. Blind tooling also on both covers. A very interesting volume and a rare item in this condition.
- The story behind this book starts on 2 February 1855, when Soyer wrote to The Times offering to go to the Crimea at his own expense to advise on the cooking for the army there. He began by revising the diet sheets for the hospitals at Scutari and Constantinople. In two visits to Balaklava he, Florence Nightingale and the medical staff re-organised the provisioning of the hospitals; he also began to cook for the fourth division of the army. On 3 May 1857 he returned to London, and on 18 March 1858 he lectured at the United Service Institution on cooking for the army and navy. He also built a model kitchen at the Wellington Barracks, London. He died on 5 August 1858 at St. John's Wood, London and was buried on 11 August in Kensal Green cemetery. Soyer wrote many other cookery books including: Délassements Culinaires. (1845) The Gastronomic Regenerator (1846) Soyer's Charitable Cookery (1847) The Poorman's Regenerator (1848) The Modern Housewife of Menagere (1850) The Pantropheon; or, History of Food (1853) A Shilling Cookery Book for the People (1855) and lastly this volume, Soyer's Culinary Campaign (1857).

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Soyer.   Alexis Benoit    
Soyer's Culinary Campaign
BEING HISTORICAL REMINISCENCES OF THE LATE WAR. WITH THE PLAIN ART OF COOKERY FOR MILITARY AND CIVIL INSTITUTIONS, THE ARMY, NAVY, PUBLIC, ETC. ETC. By ALEXIS SOYER, AUTHOR OF "THE MODERN HOUSEWIFE" "SHILLING COOKERY FOR THE PEOPLE" ETC. LONDON: G.ROUTELEDGE & CO., FARRINGDON STREET. NEW YORK: 18, BEEKHAM STREET. 1857. {The right of translation is reserved.]
FIRST AND SOLE EDITION. 1857. 1fep. [1] Frontispiece of an aged Soyer. Title page. [1] 1pp Dedication to Lord Panmure. [1] 1pp Preface. [1] 2pp Contents. An illustrated drawing of Soyer by H.G.Hine. [1] 1-593. [1] 3pp Index to Addenda. 2pp Advertisements. 1fep. Frontispiece tipped in with a strip of contemporary paper without affecting Soyer's portrait. The title page very lightly browned with slight chipping to edges not affecting the text. The H.G. Hine illustration has some very light foxing. Overall clean inside. Original red cloth binding with gilt pictorial vignette. Red cloth binding has been sympathetically re-laid but with dull gilt lettering. Overall slightly rubbed with a 1"sq. ink stain on the back cover. Tipped in is a B&W newspaper photograph of the last picture of Florenece Nightingale in 1910, lying in a rather plush bed looking out of the window. Also a very nice detailed illustrated drawing cut out from a 19th century magazine of "M. Soyer's Hospital Kitchen, at Scutari Barracks" A very interesting volume and a scarce item.
- On 2 February 1855, Soyer wrote to The Times offering to go to the Crimea at his own expense to advise on the cooking for the army there. He began by revising the diet sheets for the hospitals at Scutari and Constantinople. In two visits to Balaklava he, Florence Nightingale and the medical staff reorganised the provisioning of the hospitals; he also began to cook for the fourth division of the army. On 3 May 1857 he returned to London, and on 18 March 1858 he lectured at the United Service Institution on cooking for the army and navy. He also built a model kitchen at the Wellington Barracks, London. He died on 5 August 1858 at St. John's Wood, London and was buried on 11 August in Kensal Green cemetery. Soyer wrote many other cookery books including: Délassements Culinaires. (1845) The Gastronomic Regenerator (1846) Soyer's Charitable Cookery (1847) The Poorman's Regenerator (1848) The Modern Housewife of Menagere (1850) The Pantropheon; or, History of Food (1853) A Shilling Cookery Book for the People (1855) and lastly this volume, Soyer's Culinary Campaign (1857)

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Soyer.   Alexis Benoit    
Soyer's Shilling Cookery for the People.
A SHILLING COOKERY FOR THE PEOPLE EMBRACING AN ENTIRELY NEW SYSTEM OF PLAIN COOKERY AND DOMESTIC ECONOMY. BY ALEXIS SOYER AUTHOR OF "THE MODERN HOUSEWIFE" ETC. ETC. Seventieth Thousand. LONDON: GEO, ROUTELDGE & CO., FARRINGDON STREET. NEW YORK: 18, BEEKMAN STREET. 1855. The author of this work reserves the right of translating it.
Front paste-down and endpaper, recto and verso, with advertisements. [1] Frontispiece of Soyer with signature. Title page. [1] 1pp. Dedication to The Earl of Shaftsbury. [1] vii-viii. Preface. ix-x. Contents. 1-5 Introductory Letters. [1] 7-177. 178-182 Appendix. 1pp. Soyer's Kitchen for the Army. 184-190 Index. 1-6 Advertisements. 2pp Omission. 1-16. Advertisements. Back endpapers, recto and verso, and paste-down with advertisements. Covers and spine with original illustrations in very good condition. Very slightly rubbed. Internally very clean, almost as new. Back guttering slightly cracked but holding. A nice item especially in this original condition.
- During the first half of the nineteenth century, Alexis Soyer (1809-1858), a Frenchman, was the most famous cook and one of the most famous men in London. A combination of self-promotion, talent and energetic social conscience took him into many of the great events of his times. Through each phase of his meteoric career we can see a different aspect of nineteenth-century life, including the destruction of the English peasantry, the growth of London's private clubs, the Irish famine, the Great Exhibition and Britain's disastrous involvement in the Crimea. Soyer rose from obscure origins to early fame in his 20s, as private chef to England's nobility and then as chef de cuisine at London's new Reform Club. A combination of chef, inventor and cookbook author, Soyer designed a kitchen at the club so innovative that it became a tourist attraction, filled with his clever inventions: the first to use gas for stove-top cookery (preventing the carbon monoxide poisoning by charcoal cooking that had killed previous chefs such as Carême), to the drainer and the multi-egg poacher. He went on to open London's first real restaurant in conjunction with the Great Exhibition in 1851. A dashing figure (wearing clothes in flamboyant colours, cut on the bias, or in his parlance - 'ala zoug-zoug'), who never remarried after the tragic death of his first wife and child during childbirth, Soyer was linked to some of the most famous and beautiful actresses and dancers of the day. For all his flamboyance, Soyer was practical and big-hearted, writing cookbooks for the poor and designing his famous 'Magic Stove' (see image 5 below) and progressing the idea further by designing a very large stove for a model soup-kitchen which which he used in Ireland during the potato famine. In 1855 he went to the Crimea to take over the running of the kitchens in Florence Nightingale's hospital at Scutari, having first designed a new army cook-stove, a design that remained in use up until the first Gulf war. When he died in 1858, he was helping Florence Nightingale reform British army catering. Soyer's ‘Shilling Cookery for the People’ and his other famous cookery books, are a testament to this remarkable man who was determined to revolutionize the culinary world and who remains one of the greatest cooks of the nineteenth century. A Shilling Cookery for the People was first printed in 1855. Soyer, who agreed not to attach his name to any other cookery book at a similar or lower price, received £50 for the first edition of 10,000 copies. Within four months sales had reached 110,000, and by 1867 more than a quarter of a million copies had been sold. This edition states “seventieth thousand” on the title page which places it in the third month of the first printing of 1855.

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Soyer.   Alexis Benoit    
The Pantropheon
OR, HISTORY OF FOOD, And its Preparation, FROM THE EARLIEST AGES OF THE WORLD. BY A. SOYER, AUTHOR OF " The Gastronomic Regenerator" and the " Modern Housewife, or Menagere, " &c. EMBELLISHED WITH FORTY-TWO STEEL PLATES, ILLUSTRATING THE GREATEST GASTRONOMIC MARVELS OF ANTIQUITY. LONDON: SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, &CO., STATIONERS' HALL COURT. MDCCCLIII. The Author reserves his right of Translating this Work.
FIRST & SOLE EDITION of 1853. 8vo. Frontispiece of Soyer. Title Page with some gilt lettering and gilt borders. (vii-xvi) Contents. [1-3] 4-474. p1. 'Advertisements' p1. 'Authors Note' 1 fep. 39 full page plus 2 double page Illustrations. The pastedown and end-papers are marbled. Bound in dark brown half calf with marble boards. Spine with raised bands, blind tooled square compartments, gilt lettering directly onto the spine. Very clean internally however very slight foxing, particularly to p.406-407. Overall a very nice copy of a very scarce book.
- There are serious doubts about the true author of 'The Panthropheon.' In Petits Propos Culinaires Vol: 29, p18. the late Mike McKirdy (a very knowledgeable antiquarian cookery book dealer, and co-owner with his wife Tess of 'Cooks Books') puts forward a compelling case for Adolphe Duhart-Fauvet to be awarded posthumous credit as the author. In the online Food Encyclopedia 'Practically Edible' it states -- "The Pantropheon is credited to Alexis, but it was in fact mostly written by a M. Adolphe Duhart-Fauvet. Soyer allowed his name to be used as the author, though he wrote only the last chapter." Mike McKirdy rightly suggests, Soyer's reputation does not rest alone on the Pantropheon, but due to his numerous and varied activities by which his huge fame grew, it is an interesting sidenote.

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Soyer.   Alexis Benoit    
The Gastronomic Regenerator
THE Gastronomic Regenerator: A SIMPLIFIED AND ENTIRELY NEW SYSTEM OF COOKERY, WITH NEARLY TWO THOUSAND PRACTICAL RECEIPTS SUITED TO THE INCOME OF ALL CLASSES. ILLUSTRATED WITH NUMEROUS ENGRAVINGS AND CORRECT AND MINUTE PLANS HOW KITCHENS OF EVERY SIZE, FROM THE KITCHEN OF A ROYAL PALACE TO THAT OF THE HUMBLE COTTAGE, ARE TO BE CONSTRUCTED AND FURNISHED. BY MONSIEUR A. SOYER, OF THE REFORM CLUB. FOURTH EDITION. LONDON: SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, &CO., STATIONERS' HALL COURT: AND SOLD BY JOHN OLLIVIER, PALL-MALL. 1847.
8vo. Pp. Frontispiece of 'Soyer' Title Page. Engraved picture of 'Heaven and Hell' 2pp 'List of Patrons' (i-xl) (1-720) (several engraved pictures throughout) 17pp 'Table of Contents' 1pp 'Advertisements' 24pp 'Madame Soyer' 1pp 'Times review. 2 fep. Bound in green half calf with dark green pebbled cloth boards and calf corners. Spine with elaborate gilt and blind tooling, gilt lettering, raised bands and a brown label with "Soyers Cookery" in gilt lettering. Internally very clean however some slight foxing on fep before title page and on frontispiece. A very good copy of a fairly scarce book.
- The illustrations are: The frontis drawn by Emma Soyer and engraved in steel by H.B. Hall and fifeteen wood engraved plates, two folding, including six plates illustrating elaborate dishes, and others showing the famous drawing of the Reform Club Kitchen, a table of a weathy family, Soyer's table at home, a drawing of two Bavarians by Emma Soyer and a self-portrait of Emma Soyer engraved in steel by H.B. Hall. There is also a folding plate on blue paper that is one of Soyer’s menus for a very special banquet at the Reform Club on July 3rd 1846 for 150 couverts that included the guest of honour - His Highness Ibrahim Pasha. It consisted of a massive 46 courses and on a spit in the dining room was a huge roasting Baron of Beef ala Anglaise. The dinner was a highlight of the Amir’s London visit. Four months earlier on March 22nd 1846, Ibrahim Pasha - His Highness, The Amir of Trans-Jordan came to London to sign a treaty with His Majesty The King in respect of the United Kingdom recognising the status of Trans- Jordan as a sovereign independent State. The menu was not in the first edition of 1846 but was in subsequent editions including this one here.

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