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Katherine Golden Bitting Collection

Publications and manuscripts on gastronomy, 15th through 20th centuries

Between 1939 and 1944 Dr. Arvill Wayne Bitting presented to the Library of Congress the 4,346-volume gastronomic collection assembled by his wife, Katherine Golden Bitting (1868-1937), food chemist for the Department of Agriculture and the American Canners Association and author of nearly fifty pamphlets and articles on food preservation and related topics. To facilitate her investigations, as the Annual Report of the Librarian of Congress (1940) states, she collected "materials on the sources, preparation, and consumption of foods, their chemistry, batereriology, preservations, etc., from earliest times to the present day." The Bitting Collection containing numerous English and American publications on food preparation from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and a sampling of notable French, German, and Italian works. American regional cooking is well-documented. The treasure of the collection is a mid-fifteenth century Italian manuscript entitled "Libro de arte coquinaria" of Maestro Martino which was a source for the earliest printed cookbook, Platina's De Honesta Voluptate (ca. 1475). Leonard N. Beck discusses the manuscript in his article "Praise Is Due Bartolomeo Platine: A Note on the Librarian Author of the First Cookbook" in QJLC, V.32 July 1975, p. 238-253

Digitized Materials From the John Davis Batchelder Collection

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol / By Charles Dickens; With Illustrations by A. C. Michael.
New York: Hodder and Stoughton, [1911].
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A Apple Pie

A Apple Pie by Kate Greenaway. London; New York: F. Warne, [1900].
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Breviare du gastronome Audot, L.-E. (Louis-Eustache), 1783-1870. Bréviaire du gastronome utile et récréatif,. Paris, Audot [18-].
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Two loaf-givers. Beck, Leonard. Two loaf-givers : or a tour through the gastronomic libraries of Katherine Golden Bitting and Elizabeth Robins Pennell.
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Gastronomic bibliography Bitting, Katherine Golden. Gastronomic bibliography.
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The country housewife and lady’s director Bradley, Richard, 1688-1732. The country housewife and lady's director. Dublin, Printed by J. Watts, 1727.
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Dictionnaire des alimens, vins et liqueurs Briand. Dictionnaire des alimens, vins et liqueurs.
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Volume 2: Page Turner - PDF (223.2 MB)
Volume 3: Page Turner - PDF (212.1 MB)
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Le calendrier gastronomique pour l’anneé 1867 : les 365 menus du baron Brisse : un menu par jour. Brisse, Leon, baron, 1813-1876. Le calendrier gastronomique pour l’anneé 1867 : les 365 menus du baron Brisse : un menu par jour. Paris : Bureaux de la Liberté, 1867.
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British jewel The British jewel; or, Complete housewife's best companion ... London, Printed and sold by J. Miller, 1769.
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La gastronomie Berchoux, J. de (Joseph), 1762-1838. La gastronomie; ou, L’homme des champs à table, pour servir de suite à L’homme des champs, par J. Delille.
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Dissertation sur le cacao Buc’hoz, Pierre-Joseph, 1731-1807. Dissertation sur le cacao. À Paris, chez F. J. Desoer, 1787.
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Dissertation sur le cafe Buc’hoz, Pierre-Joseph, 1731-1807. Dissertation sur le café. À Paris, chez F. J. Desoer, 1787.
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Compleat Cook Compleat Cook. London, 1656.
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Kettner's book of the table Dallas, E. S. (Eneas Sweetland), 1828-1879. Kettner's book of the table.
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A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol; With Illustrations by A. C. Michael.
New York: Hodder and Stoughton, [1911].
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Almanach des gourmands Dumas, François Guillaume. Almanach des gourmands pour 1862. Paris, Librairie Nilsson.
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Castel of Helth Elyot, Thomas, Sir, 1490?-1546. Castel of Helth.
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Les classiques de la table. Paris, Au Dépôt, Dentu; [etc., etc.] 1843 [Fayot, Alfred Charles Frédéric], 1797-1861, [from old catalog] ed. Les classiques de la table. Paris, Au Dépôt, Dentu; [etc., etc.] 1843.
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Art of Distillation French, John, 1616-1657. Art of Distillation.
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Disertacion en recomendacion y defensa García de la Leña, Cecilio, 1726-1793. Recomendacion y Defensa del Famoso Vino Malagueño Pero Ximen y Modo de Formarlo ... Malaga: ... por Luis de Carreras ..., año 1792.
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Gerard, John. The herball: or, Generall historie of plantes. Gathered by John Gerarde ... very much enlarged and amended by Thomas Johnson ...
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Art of dining; or, Gastronomy and gastronomers. Hayward, A. (Abraham), 1801-1884. Art of dining; or, Gastronomy and gastronomers. London, J. Murray, 1853.
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Bastiment de receptes A Lyon, A Lescu de Coloigne, 1541. Bastiment de receptes. A Lyon, A Lescu de Coloigne, 1541.
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Festin joyeaux, ou, La cuisine en musique, en vers libres ... Lebas, J. Festin joyeaux, ou, La cuisine en musique, en vers libres ... Paris, 1738.
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Le nouveau recueil de curiositez rares & nouvelles des plus admirables effets de la nature & de l’art Lémery, Nicolas, 1645-1715. Le Nouveau Recueil de Curiositez Rares & Nouvelles des Plus Admirables Effets de la Nature & de l’art À Leide: Chez Pierre Vander Aa ..., 1685.
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English House-wife Markham, Gervase, 1568?-1637. English House-wife.
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De arte bibendi Opsopäus, Vincentius. De arte bibendi Lvgd. Batav., 1648.
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L'art de conserver et d'employer les fruits. Quentin, Pierre. L'art de conserver et d'employer les fruits : contenant tous les procédés les plus économiques pour les confire et pour composer les liqueurs, sirops, glaces, boissons de ménage, etc. : pour faire suite à La cuisinière de la campagne et de la ville. Paris : Audot, 1823.
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Tout Paris au Cafe Rude, Maxime. Tout-Paris au café.
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The Secretes of the Reverende Mayster Alexis of Piemount: Conteinyng Many Excelle[n]t Remedies Agaynst Dyuers Diseases, Woundes, and Other Accidentes ... Ruscelli, Girolamo, d. ca. 1565. The Secretes of the Reverende Mayster Alexis of Piemount: Conteinyng Many Excelle[n]t Remedies Agaynst Dyuers Diseases, Woundes, and Other Accidentes ..., Londini: [Henry Sutton], anno à virgineo partu 1559, 12 die mens. Nouemb.
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Soyer's Culinary Campaign Soyer, Alexis, 1809-1858. Soyer's culinary campaign. Being historical reminiscences of the late war. With the plain wit of cookery for military and civil institutions the army, navy, public, etc. etc. By Alexis Soyer ...
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Conservation de la viande et des matières organiques alimentaires. Tellier, Ch. (Charles), 1828-1913. Conservation de la viande et des matières organiques alimentaires par des moyens naturels. Paris : H. Dunod et E. Pinat, 1913.
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Treatise of cleanness in meats and drinks Tryon, Thomas, 1634-1703. Treatise of cleanness in meats and drinks...
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Antiquitates culinariae Warner, Richard, 1763-1857. Antiquitates culinariae, or, Curious tracts relating to the culinary affairs of the old English, with a preliminary discourse, notes, and illustrations. London : Printed for R. Blamire ..., 1791.
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