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LANDON, Major James Henry   8 October 1832-1915

"Bibliotheca Northantoniensis" by John Taylor, privately printed, identifies Major L..... as Major Landon. NoRO reports an entry for Major Henry Landon, Creaton Lodge, Great Creaton, in the "1890 directory". An obituary for Major Landon, who died in 1915, is at NoCe; oddly, the obituary does not refer to him as the author of two popular cookery books. OB holds "Account of the family of Landon of Monnington and Credenhill, Co. Hereford. Compiled from notes and information collected by some members of the family.", privately printed, 1912. An entry on page 17 of the account reads, "James Henry Landon, born 8 October 1832 at the Deanery, Exeter; Major; late of the 24th Regiment of Foot 1854 to 1859; Adjutant of the Northants Regiment of Volunteers 1860 to 1886; Inspector in Board of Agriculture from 1886 to 1901; living at Creaton House, Northampton, 1910." Again, no mention is made of his cookery writing. @The entry in BMCat which identifies Major L..... as "(L. F. J. de) Viscount" is certainly wrong. @"The Pytchley book of refined cookery and bills of fare" is dedicated to the Countess Spencer. My enquiries to the Spencer family revealed nothing about the book or its author since the family had no memory of either and was unable to look through its library and archives. A personal search of the family's library by an interested bibliophile might be more productive.

  • Breakfasts, luncheons, and ball suppers
  • Subjects: meals, breakfast, meals, lunch,

    • 1. Breakfasts, | luncheons, | and | ball suppers | by | Major L..... | author of "The Pytchley Cookery Book."
      London: Chapman and Hall Ltd; 1887
      19.5 x 13.0 cm   Pp [1-2] ad, [i-v] vi [vii] viii-ix [x], [1] 2-146, 1-16 [17-18] ads   Red cloth  
      GB:   LB   *LCF   LCS   OB   WYoLU(B)  
      US:   NN   MH   MCR  

      Menus for breakfasts, pages 1-25, luncheons, pages 26-54, and ball suppers, pages 55-63, are followed by 257 numbered recipes and an index. LB dates this edition 1887 [1886]. It is advertised for 4s in "The official handbook for the National Training School for Cookery' by R. O. C., eighteenth thousand, 1887.

  • The Pytchley book of refined cookery and bills of fare
  • Subjects: general, menus,

    • 1. The | Pytchley book | of | refined cookery | and | bills of fare | by | Major L.....
      London: Chapman and Hall Ltd; 1885
      19.5 x 12.5 cm   Pp 2 ads, [i] blank, [i-vii] viii, [1] 2-280, 1-16 [17] ads, [3] ad   Red cloth  
      GB:   LB destroyed   LCS   LG   LoEN   OB   *WYoLU(B)  
      US:   MiEM   OCl  

      Printed on the title-page is "Variety's the very spice of life, which gives it all its flavour. Cowper.' This quotation appears on the title-pages of all the editions that I have examined, that is the third, fourth and fifth editions. The book is dedicated "to the Countess Spencer, whose husband has for years been the principal supporter of the Pytchley country'. Menus in French and English on pages 6-101 are followed by 554 numbered recipes and a section on wines and their service.

    • 2. — [Another edition, second, 1886]
      Bib:   B267  
      GB:   NoCe  
      US:   NNNAM  

      The preface to the second edition is dated 15 January 1886.
      The NNNAM copy lacks the title-page.% 2371

    • 3. — [Title as 1885] | Third edition.
      London: Chapman and Hall Ltd; 1887
      19.5 x 12.5 cm   Pp 3 ad, [i] blank, [i-vii] viii [ix] x-xi [xii], [1] 2-280, 1-12 ads, [i-ii] ads, 13-16 ads, [i] blank, 4 ad   Red cloth  
      GB:   *Priv coll  
      US:   NN  

    • 4. — [Title as 1885] | Fourth edition.
      London: Chapman and Hall Ltd; 1889
      19.0 x 12.5 cm   Pp 2 ad, [i] blank, [i-vii] viii [ix] x-xi [xii], [1] 2-280, 1-8 [9] ads, 3 ad   Red cloth  
      GB:   *LB  
      US:   NIC(HA)  

    • 5. — [Title as 1885] | Fifth edition.
      London: Chapman and Hall Ltd; nd
      19.5 x 12.5 cm   Pp [1-2] ads, [i-vii] viii [ix] x-xi [xii], [1] 2-280   Red cloth  
      Bib:   A336   B267  
      GB:   LB   *OPo(F)   WYoLU(B)  
      US:   DLC  

      There is a testimonial dated 14 July 1891 in an advertisement on the front end-paper. The back end-paper with advertisements is missing from the OPo(F) copy.% 2374

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