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LITTLE, Miss May   


The publisher's blurb on the binding of the [1916] edition of "The complete cake book' calls the author "Miss' May Little. She revised an edition of Dora Groome's "Up-to-date and economical cookery' and co-authored with Dora Groome "More up-to-date and economical cookery' (see Groome, Dora; and Groome, Dora and Miss May Little). She also wrote "Everywoman's cook book', London: Jarrold and Sons, nd but probably after 1914 (copy in OPo(F)), and "How to make and bake bread at home', London: Jarrold and Sons, [1916] (copy in LoEN).% 2492

  • The complete cake book
  • Subjects: cakes,

    • 1. The complete cake | book | by | May Little | author of "A Year's Dinners," "Cookery Up-to-Date," | "The Dinner Calendar."
      London: T. Werner Laurie; nd
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [iii-xii] xiii-xv [xvi], [1-2] 3-161 [162], [i-xiv] publ ads   Red cloth  
      GB:   LB   *LoEN   OB  
      US:   NN   ICJ  

      The preface is signed "May Little. Cromer.' The text contains 200 numbered recipes followed by a section of twenty numbered extra recipes.
      LB, LoEN, OB and NN date their volumes, all acquired in 1912, [1912]. NUCat lists ICJ holding a copy dated [1912].
      The OB copy has the original dust-jacket, citing the price of 2s 6d, glued to the front end-paper.

    • 2. — [Title as first edition]
      London: T. Werner Laurie; nd
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [iii-xii] xiii-xv [xvi], [1-2] 3-161 [162], [i-xiv] publ ads   Blue paper  
      GB:   *LoEN   OB  

      This is a re-issue of the first edition and is dated [1915] by OB and [1916] by LoEN (both library copies were acquired in April 1916). Text and advertisements are identical to the first edition. The binding is the distinguishing feature. The re-issue has a publisher's blurb on the front face of the blue paper binding describing the author's reputation and achievements whereas on the red cloth binding of the [1912] edition the author's name is cited without any added information.% 2494

    • 3. — The complete | cake book | by | May Little | author of "A Year's Dinners," "Cookery Up-to-Date"
      London: T. Werner Laurie Ltd; [1929]
      17.5 x 11.5 cm   Pp [iii-viii] ix-xi [xii], [1-2] 3-161 [162-170], [i-viii]   Rebound  
      GB:   LoEN   *OPo(F)  
      US:   NN  

      The date of publication is from the verso of the title-page which reads, "Reprinted 1929'. Pages 162-170 are blank for additional recipes.
      The LoEN copy is bound in paper covered boards. On the front face of the binding is an image of cakes printed in colour and set against a purple background. The price of 2s 6d is on the spine.% 2495

  • Cookery up-to-date
  • Subjects: general,

    • 1. Cookery up-to-date | a practical handbook of what | to eat, and how to cook it | by | May Little | First-Class Diplomee, late Staff Teacher at the | National Society's Training School | of Cookery, London
      London: T. Werner Laurie; nd
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iv] v [vi], 1-247, [i] publ ad   [2s 6d on dust-jacket]   Green cloth  
      GB:   LB destroyed   LoEN missing   *OB  
      US:   ICJ   NN  

      There are 605 numbered recipes. LB, LoEN and NUCat date the book [1908]; OB dates its copy, acquired in January 1909, [1909].

    • 2. — Cookery up-to-date | a practical handbook of what | to eat, and how to cook it | by | May Little | First-Class Diplomee, late Staff Teacher at the | National Society's Training School | of Cookery, London | author of "A Year's Dinners" | New and revised edition
      London: Harrods Ltd; nd
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iv] v [vi], 1-247   Rebound  
      GB:   *OPo(F)  

      There is no paragraph on electric cookers on page 13, as in the other new and revised edition at OPo(F) described below, which suggests that this is the earlier edition of the two.% 2497

    • 3. — [Title as new and revised edition at OPo(F) described immediately above]
      London: T. Werner Laurie Ltd; nd
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iv] v [vi], 1-247   Red cloth  
      GB:   *OPo(F)  

      The frontispiece shows a woman by a stove and is captioned "A modern electrical cooker (see page 13)'.% 2498

    • 4. — [Another edition, nd
      US:   KMK  

      NUCat cites a new and revised edition of 247 pages, Liverpool: Bunney's, nd. I have not determined where this fits in the sequence of new and revised editions.

    • 5. — Cookery up-to-date | a practical handbook | for the modern housewife ) by | May Little | First-Class Diplomee | author of A Year's Dinners
      London: T. Werner Laurie Ltd; [1948]
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iv] v [vi], 1-247, [i-ii] publ ad   Blue cloth  
      GB:   *LCS  

      I have taken the date of publication from the "Foreword to revised edition' which is signed "E. M. B. L. 1948.' The foreword gives substitutes for ingredients in short supply because of rationing.% 2500

  • Simple electric cookery
  • Subjects: electricity, cooking with,

    • 1. Simple electric | cookery | by | May Little | First-Class Diplomee ) late Staff-Teacher at the National Society's | Training College, London | and of the City School of Cookery, Norwich | author of "Cookery Up-to-Date," "A Year's Dinners," | "The Complete Cake Book," | "More Up-to-Date and Economical Cookery"
      London: Jarrold and Sons; nd
      18.0 x 12.5 cm   Pp [i-ii] publ ad, [1-7] 8-132   [1s on spine]   Paper covered boards with woman by electric stove on front  
      GB:   LB destroyed   *LoEN   OB  
      US:   NN   ICJ  

      "Hints and notes on electric cooking' is followed by 185 numbered recipes. The publisher comments on page 5 that this is "the first work of its kind on what promises to be a revolution in cookery'. LoEN and OB date the book [1913]; LB dates it [1914].

  • A year's dinners
  • Subjects: menus,

    • 1. A year's dinners | 365 seasonable dinners | with instructions for cooking. A handy | guide-book for worried | housekeepers | by May Little ) First-Class Diplomee, late Staff Teacher at the National | Society's Training School of Cookery, | London. Author of "Cookery | Up to Date"
      London: T. Werner Laurie; nd
      21.0 x 13.5 cm   Pp [i-viii], 1-435 [436], [i-iv] publ ads   [6s on dust-jacket]   Blue-green cloth with woman carrying tray on front  
      GB:   LoEN   OB   *OPo(F)  
      US:   NN  

      Pages 1-122 contain a menu for every day in the year; 672 numbered recipes for the menus are on pages 187-428.
      "Harrods Ltd. (Book Department)' is printed on the dust-jacket of the OPo(F) copy. The dust-jacket of the OB copy cites the title-page publisher, T. Werner Laurie, not Harrods.
      LoEN and OB date this edition [1910]. NUCat lists an edition dated [1910] at DLC, ICJ and NN. I have examined the copy at NN and it corresponds to the OPo(F) copy described here. NIC(HA) also reports an edition dated [1910]. Axford 430 cites an edition dated 1910 without brackets; however, the only dated editions of this title that I have discovered were published in the thirties.

    • 2. — [Title as first edition]
      London: Harrod's Ltd; nd
      21.0 x 14.0 cm   Pp [i-viii], 1-435 [436], [i-iv] publ ads   [6s on p i of publ ads]   Blue cloth with maid carrying tray on front  
      GB:   *LCS  

      LCS has two copies which appear to be the same except for the publisher's advertisements. In the copy catalogued here the advertisement on the verso of the half-title is for Little's "Cookery up-to-date"; in the second copy it is for "Catering for the young' by Dorothy Morton. In both copies there is an advertisement on page i at the back for "A year's cookery' but in the copy catalogued here the edition number is not cited whereas in the second copy it is described as the tenth edition.% 2503

    • 3. — [Title as first edition]
      London: Harrods Ltd, Book Department; nd
      21.0 x 13.5 cm   Pp [i-viii], [1-2] 3-434 [435-436], [i-iv] publ ads   Blue cloth with maid carrying tray on front  
      GB:   *WYoLU(B)  

    • 4. — [Title as first edition] | Seventh thousand revised
      London: Harrods Ltd; nd
      21.0 x 14.0 cm   Pp [i-viii], [1] 2-434 [435-436], [i-iv] publ ads   Blue cloth with maid carrying tray on front  
      GB:   *LCS  

    • 5. — [Title as first edition] | Tenth thousand revised
      London: T. Werner Laurie Ltd; nd
      21.0 x 13.5 cm   Pp [i-viii], [1-2] 3-434 [435-436], [i-iv] publ ads   Blue cloth with maid carrying tray on front  
      GB:   *LB  

    • 6. — [Title as first edition] | Thirteenth thousand revised
      London: Harrods Ltd, Book Department; nd
      21.5 x 13.5 cm   Pp [i-viii], [1-2] 3-434 [435-436], [i-iv] publ ads   Blue cloth with woman carrying tray on front  
      US:   *DLC  

    • 7. — [Title as first edition] | Nineteenth thousand revised
      London: Harrods Ltd; nd
      21.0 x 13.5 cm   Pp [i-viii], [1-2] 3-434 [435-436], [i-iv] publ ads   Blue cloth with maid carrying tray on front  
      GB:   *LB  

    • 8. — [Another edition, 1930]
      GB:   Priv coll  

      A private collector reports an edition, London: Harrods Ltd, Book Department, 1930.% 2509

    • 9. — [Another edition, [1934]]
      US:   Bookseller's stock  

      This edition was published in London by Harrods Ltd. The following publishing history is recorded on the verso of the title-page: "First published 2,000 copies 1910 < Reprinted 2,000 copies 1913 < Reprinted 2,500 copies 1925 < Reprinted 2,500 copies 1925 < Reprinted 2,500 copies 1926 < Reprinted 2,500 copies 1926 < Reprinted, revised 2,500 copies 1927 < Reprinted 2,500 copies 1927 < Reprinted 2,000 copies 1928 < Reprinted, revised 4,000 copies 1929 < Reprinted 4,000 copies 1930 < Reprinted 2,000 copies 1932 < Reprinted 2,000 copies 1933 < Reprinted 2,500 copies 1934'.% 2510

    • 10. — [Another edition, [1937]]
      US:   Bookseller's stock  

      Like the [1934] edition, this was published in London by Harrod's Ltd. The same publishing history appears on the verso of the title-page with the addition "Reprinted 2,500 copies 1937'.% General comments: The menus on pages 1-122 were duplicated and published in 1912 as a wall calendar called "The dinner calendar' (a copy is in LoEN).% 2511


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