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Elizabeth Robins Pennell Collection

Cookbooks and Cookery

Writing extensively on gastronomy, Elizabeth Pennell amassed a large collection of European cookbooks. My Cookery Books (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1903) is a personal account of her cooking activities and describes many of the 433 volumes on cookery from the Pennell bequest in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division. The collection is strongest in French and Italian cookbooks from the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries and includes such notable items as a fully illustrated edition of Bartolomeo Scappi's Opera (Venice: 1574). Also in the division are 299 volumes of fine printing, bibliography, and literature from the Pennell library. Many works are listed in a separate author/title card file as well as the division file.

Note: Information for this entry was compiled in the late 1970's for inclusion in: Special Collections in the Library of Congress: A Selective Guide. Compiled by Annette Melville. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1980. The entry has not been revised.

See also: Joseph and Elizabeth Robins Pennell Collection

 

Digitized Collections from the Elizabeth Robins Pennell Collection

housekeeper's valuable present Abbot, Robert, cook. The Housekeepers Valuable Present, or, Lady's Closet Companion: Being a New and Complete Art of Preparing Confects, According to Modern Practice ...
[London]: Printed for the Author and sold by C. Cooke ... and all other booksellers in town and country, [1790 or 1791?].
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Nuevo arte de cocina Altamiras, Juan. Nuevo Arte de Cocina, Sacado de la Escuela de la Experiencia Economica. En Madrid: Por Antonio Perez de Soto, a Expensas de Don Pedro Joseph Alonso y Padilla ... año de 1760.
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Cuisinier econome. Archambault. Cuisinier économe. Paris, A la Librairie du commerce, chez Renard, 1825.
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The English art of cookery Briggs, Richard. The English art of cookery, according to the present practice : being a complete guide to all housekeepers on a plan entirely new, consisting of thirty-eight chapters : containing proper directions for marketing, and trussing of poultry, the making of soups and broth ... with bills of fare for every month in the year, neatly and correctly engraved on twelve copper-plates. Third Edition. London: Printed for G.G. and J. Robinson ..., 1794.
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Physiologie du gout Brillat-Savarin, 1755-1826. Physiologie du goût, ou, Méditations de gastronomie transcendante ... Paris: A. Sautelet et Cie libraires, 1826.
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Compleat city and country cook Carter, Charles. Compleat city and country cook. London: Printed for A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch and C. Davis ... T. Green ... and S. Austen ..., 1732.
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Closet of the eminently learned Sir Kenelme Digby Digby, Kenelm, 1603-1665. Choice and experimented receipts in physick and chirurgery, as also cordial and distilled waters and spirits, perfumes and other curiosities. London: Printed for the author and are to be sold by H. Brome ..., 1668.
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Closet of the eminently learned Sir Kenelme Digby Digby, Kenelm, 1603-1665. The closet of the eminently learned Sir Kenelme Digby, Kt., opened: wherein is discovered several ways for making of metheglin, sider, cherry-wine, &c., together with excellent directions for cookery, as also for preserving, conserving, candying, &c. London: Printed for R. Blamire ..., 1791.
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Farmer's Wife The Farmer's wife, or, Complete country housewife... London: Printed for Alex. Hogg ..., [1780?]
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Queen's royal cookery. Hall, T., cook. Queen's royal cookery. London: Printed for C. Bates ... and A. Bettesworth ..., 1713.
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The house-keeper’s pocket-book and compleat family cook ... Harrison, Sarah, active 1733-1777. The house-keeper’s pocket-book and compleat family cook ... London: Printed for R. Ware ..., 1748.
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Hartman's Curiosities Hartman, G. (George), fl. 1668-ca. 1682. Hartman's Curiosities of art and nature, or, The true preserver and restorer of health. À [London]: Printed for A.C. at the Ring in Little Britain ..., [1683?].
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Present for a servant maid. Haywood, Eliza Fowler, 1693?-1756. Present for a servant maid, or, The sure means of gaining love and esteem: ... to which are added directions for going to market, also, for dressing any common dish, whether flesh, fish, or fowl, with some rules for washing, &c. : the whole calculated for making both the mistress and the maid happy. London, Black, Parry and Kingsbury, 1811.
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England's newest way in all sorts of cookery. Howard, Henry, fl. 1708. England's newest way in all sorts of cookery. London: Printed for and sold by Chr. Coningsby ..., 1708.
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E. Kidder’s receipts of pastry and cookery ... Kidder, E. (Edward), 1665 or 1666-1739. E. Kidder’s receipts of pastry and cookery for the use of his scholars : who teaches at his school in Queen Street near St. Thomas Apostles on Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays ... Ladies may be taught at their own houses. [London: s.n. ca. 1720].
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King, William, 1663-1712. Art of cookery, in imitation of Horace's Art of poetry. London: Printed for Bernard Lintott ..., [1709?].
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Ladies cabinet enlarged and opened. Ladies cabinet enlarged and opened. London: Printed by T.M. for G. Bedell and T. Collins ..., 1655.
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Royal cookery. Lamb, Patrick. Royal cookery. London: Printed for Abel Roper and sold by John Morphew ..., 1710.
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Daily exercise for ladies and gentlewomen Murrell, John, active 17th century. Daily exercise for ladies and gentlewomen.
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Cooks and confectioners dictionary. Nott, John. Cooks and confectioners dictionary. London: Printed by H.P. for Charles Rivington ..., 1726.
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The forme of cury Pegge, Samuel, 1704-1796. The forme of cury: a roll of ancient English cookery, compiled, about A.D. 1390, by the master-cooks of King Richard II, presented afterwards to Queen Elizabeth, by Edward Lord Stafford, and now in the possession of Gustavus Brander, Esq.: illustrated with notes, and a copious index, or glossary, a manuscript of the editor, of the same age and subject, with other congruous matters, are subjoined.
London: Printed by J. Nichols, printer to the Society of Antiquaries, 1780.
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Delights for ladies Plat, Hugh, Sir, 1552-1611? Delights for ladies to adorn their persons, tables, closets, and distillatories, with beauties, banquets, perfumes, and waters. London, Printed by J. Young, 1644.
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New book of cookery. Price, Elizabeth, Mrs. New book of cookery. London: Printed for the authoress and sold by Alex. Hogg ..., [between 1760 and 1770].
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New, universal, and complete confectioner. Price, Elizabeth, Mrs. New, universal, and complete confectioner. London: Printed for A. Hogg ..., [ca. 1780].
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Whole body of cookery dissected, taught and fully manifested ... Rabisha, William. Whole body of cookery dissected, taught and fully manifested ... London: Printed for E. Calvert ..., 1673.
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École parfaite des officiers de bouche. Rose, Giles. École parfaite des officiers de bouche. Perfect school of instructions for the officers of the mouth. London: Printed for R. Bentley and M. Magnes ..., 1682.
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German Manuscript Cookbook Sultzen, Rietlen. Kuchel Buech von allerhandt Dortlen und eingemachten Sachen. 1716.
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Town and country cook. Town and country cook. London: Printed for W. Lane ... and sold by all other booksellers, [ca. 1780].
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The accomplished ladies rich closet of rarities J. S. (John Shirley), fl. 1680-1702. The accomplished ladies rich closet of rarities, or, The ingenious gentlewoman and servant maids delightful companion: containing many excellent things for the accomplishment of the female sex, after the exactest manner and method ... to which is added a second part, containing directions for the guidance of a young gentle-woman as to her behaviour and seemly deportment, &c, together with a new accession of many curious things and matters, profitable to the female sex, not published in the former editions. London: Printed by W. Wilde for N. Bodington ... and J. Blare ..., 1696.
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honours of the table Trusler, John, 1735-1820. The Honours of the Table. London, The author, 1791.
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Complete system of cookery. Verral, William. Complete system of cookery. London: Printed for the author and sold by him, as also by Edward Verral, bookseller in Lewes, and by John Rivington ..., 1759.
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Antiquitates culinariae Viard, A., active 18th century-19th century. Cuisinier national. Paris: Librairie Georges Barba, 1873.
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Whole Duty of a Woman Whole duty of a woman, or, A guide to the female sex, from the age of sixteen to sixty, &c.: being directions, how women of all qualities and conditions, ought to behave themselves in the various circumstances of this life, for their obtaining not only present but future happiness ... London: Printed for A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch ... R. Ware ... and James Hodges ..., 1735.
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Queen-like closet, or rich cabinet. Woolley, Hannah, active 1670. Queen-like closet, or rich cabinet. London: Printed for R. Lowndes ..., 1672.
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U.S. Library of Congress, Annual Report of the Librarian of Congress, 1926, p. 3-5, 335-341; 1936, p. 159-160.

Crutcher, Anne. “So You Think YOUV'E Got a Lot of Cookbooks,” The Washington Star, October 27, 1976: D1, D4.

U.S. Congress, House Committee on the Library. Accept Property Bequethed [sic] to United States by Joseph Pennell ... Report to Accompany H.J. Res. 526 3 p. 74th Congress, 2d session. House. Rept. no. 2269.)

U.S. Library of Congress. Joseph Pennell Memorial Exhibition, Catalogue (Washington: 1927).


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