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BERTRAM, James Glass   


The writer of the preface to "Fish and fowl for the table" which was published by Sawers Ltd in 1910 identifies Jenny Wren as a pseudonym for the "late' James Glass Bertram. According to the preface he wrote "Our table fishes', also published by Sawers Ltd; however, I have been unable to trace a copy of this work. OB incorrectly attributes Jenny Wren's cookery books to Jane Atkinson who wrote on other topics under the same pseudonym. @All the books described below, except "Modern domestic cookery", belong to "The "Jenny Wren" series of cookery manuals'.

  • The art of preparing dainty dishes for dinners, luncheons and suppers
  • Subjects: general,

    • 1. The art of preparing | dainty dishes for dinners | luncheons and suppers | as also other tid bits | by | Jenny Wren | cook and housekeeper
      Paisley and London: Alexander Gardner; [1891]
      18.5 x 13.0 cm   Pp [i-iv], [1-5] 6-72, [i-x] ads   [6d on binding]   Blue paper covered boards with tp illus on front  
      GB:   LCS   *WYoLU(B)  

      On the title-page there is an illustration of a man eating at table captioned "Tre1s bon!'. A prefatory note is dated 15 September 1891. The text covers soups, fish dishes, entrees, egg dishes, cheese dishes, pies, game and poultry, and cold meat cookery.

  • The art of preparing puddings, tarts, jellies and other sweets
  • Subjects: desserts,

    • 1. The art of preparing | puddings, tarts, jellies | and other sweets | together with | hints on "preserving" and pastry baking | by | Jenny Wren | author of "Modern Domestic Cookery," etc.
      Paisley and London: Alexander Gardner; [1890]
      17.5 x 11.5 cm   Pp [i-ii] ht, [1-5] 6-71   Rebound  
      GB:   LB destroyed   *LoEN   OB  
      US:   KMK  

      Below an illustration on the title-page of a girl carrying a flaming pudding on her head is the quotation ""Give the bairns pudding in plenty, again say I." # Sir Walter Scott.' A prefatory note is dated 21 May 1890.

  • The art of preparing soups, stews, hashes and ragouts
  • Subjects: soups, stew,

    • 1. The art of preparing | soups, stews, hashes, | and ragouts | by | Jenny Wren | author of "Modern Domestic Cookery," etc.
      Paisley and London: Alexander Gardner; [1888]
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-vii] viii, [5] 6-59   [6d on binding]   Red paper covered boards with tp illus on front  
      GB:   LB destroyed   *LCS   OB  
      US:   OCl  

      There is an illustration on the title-page of a stewing pot over a campfire. Below it is the quotation ""Nations which live on soup are well fed."" The preface is dated 1 June 1888.
      The OB copy has an extra leaf of advertisements preceding the half-title, and eleven pages of advertisements following page 59.
      LB dates its copy [1889]. OCl dates its copy 1888 without brackets.

  • The complete art of dinner-giving
  • Subjects: meals, dinner, meals, planning,

    • 1. The complete | art of dinner-giving | with | notes on luncheons and suppers | by | Jenny Wren | authoress of "Modern Domestic Cookery."
      Paisley and London: Alexander Gardner; 1891
      18.5 x 13.0 cm   Pp [i-ii] ads, [1-10] 11-65, [i-xi] ads   [6d on binding]   Green paper covered boards with tp illus on front  
      GB:   *LB  

      On the title-page there is an illustration of a servant dressed in tails captioned ""Dinner is served"'. Below the illustration is the quotation ""Yes, dine by all means, but be sure you dine wisely." # Walter Scott.' A prefatory note is dated 21 August 1891.
      Not a collection of recipes, the book is about planning dinners of all kinds. There is even a section called "Hospitality on the heather' covering meals in the Highlands during shooting season.

  • How to prepare dishes of fishes
  • Subjects: fish,

    • 1. How to prepare | dishes of fishes | with | hints about sauces and seasonings | by | Jenny Wren | author of "Modern Domestic Cookery," etc
      Paisley and London: Alexander Gardner; [1888]
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [1-2] ads, [i-vii] viii, [9] 10-56, [i-x] ads   [6d on binding]   Red paper covered boards with tp illus on front  
      GB:   LB destroyed   *OB  
      US:   MH  

      Below an illustration on the title-page of a woman beside a basket of fish is the quotation ""Fish, in the hands of a skilful cook, may be made the source of inexhaustible gustatory enjoyment."'
      LB dates its copy [1889].

  • Modern domestic cookery
  • Subjects: general,

    • 1. Modern | domestic cookery, | including | plans for dinner and supper parties, | with | bills of fare for all classes. | By Jenny Wren, | cook and housekeeper.
      Paisley: Alexander Gardner; 1880
      18.0 x 13.5 cm   Pp [i-v] vi [vii] viii-ix [x], [1] 2-349   White cloth with tp illus and border featuring kitchen utensils on front  
      GB:   *LG   OPo(F)  

      There is an illustration of a blazing open range on the title-page. Below this is the quotation ""Now good digestion wait on appetite and health on both." # Shakespeare.' The preface is dated Christmas 1879.

  • Sauces, seasonings and salads
  • Subjects: general,

    • 1. Sauces, seasonings and | salads | with observations on vegetable cookery, | pickling, etc. | by | Jenny Wren | cook and housekeeper
      Paisley and London: Alexander Gardner; [1892]
      18.5 x 12.5 cm   Pp [i-ii] ad, [1-7] 8-68, [i-x] publ ads   [6d on binding]   Blue paper covered boards with tp illus on front  
      GB:   *LCF  

      The preface is dated New Year's Day 1892. The contents are wide-ranging and contain a smattering of Scottish recipes.

  • A treatise on the cooking of big joints
  • Subjects: general,

    • 1. A treatise on the | cooking of big joints | as also instructions for ) roasting and boiling poultry and game | together with hints on the | preparation of vegetables and the making | of salads | by | Jenny Wren
      Paisley and London: Alexander Gardner; 1891
      18.5 x 13.0 cm   Pp [i-ii] ads, [1-7] 8-68, [i-ii] ads   [6d on binding]   Orange paper covered boards with tp illus on front  
      GB:   *LCS  

      There is an illustration on the title-page of a set table with a floral centrepiece. Below it is the quotation ""Excellence in cookery is only attainable by practice and experience." # Soyer.' A prefatory note is dated "1st November, 1800. [{{sic}}]'. Despite the book's short-title, only the first forty-one pages are on meat and poultry; the remaining pages cover a variety of topics.


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