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BLACK, Mrs Margaret   1830-1 March 1903


Born Margaret MacKirdy in 1830, the author married John Black, a shawl manufacturer, by the early 1870s. It was after her husband's death in 1874 that Margaret Black is believed to have begun her cookery career by taking a diploma at the National Training School in London, possibly encouraged by a family friend, William Collins, of the publishing company which was to issue her several cookery books and her "Practical laundry work' of 1896. In 1878 she founded the West End School of Cookery, remaining its Principal until her death in 1903. The school amalgamated with The Glasgow School of Cookery in 1908 to become the Glasgow and West of Scotland College of Domestic Science, still in existence today as The Queen's College, Glasgow. (For a full account of Mrs Black's life and the history of her school see the book from which the above information was taken, "Century of change 1875-1975: one hundred years of training home economics' students in Glasgow' by Ellice Miller and published by The Queen's College, Glasgow, in 1975.)% 0193

  • La bonne cuisine
  • Subjects: general,

    • 1. La bonne cuisine, | a selection of | high-class and household | cookery recipes. | By Mrs. Black, F.E.I.S., | Principal of the West-End Training School of Cookery, Glasgow; | First Class Diplomee of the National Training School | of Cookery, South Kensington.
      London and Glasgow: William Collins, Sons and Co Ltd; nd
      17.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [1-3] 4-144  
      GB:   *OPo(F)  

      On the front end-paper of the OPo(F) copy is the inscription "To Miss MacKirdy with the author's kindest regards December 12th 1893'. This Miss MacKirdy was probably one of Margaret Black's two nieces, the elder of whom succeeded her as Principal of the West End School on her death.

    • 2. — Choice cookery, | "la bonne cuisine," | a selection of | high-class and household | cookery recipes. | By | Mrs. Black, F.E.I.S.
      London and Glasgow: William Collins, Sons and Co Ltd; nd
      17.5 x 11.5 cm   Pp [1-3] 4-144   [1s 6d on binding]  
      GB:   *OPo(F)  
      US:   NN  

    • 3. — Choice cookery, | "la bonne cuisine," | a selection of | high-class and household | cookery recipes. | By | Mrs. Black, F.E.I.S., ) Principal of the West-End Training School of Cookery, Glasgow; | First Class Diplomee of the National Training School | of Cookery, South Kensington.
      London and Glasgow: William Collins, Sons and Co Ltd; nd
      GB:   ScGU  

      The title and imprint are taken from a photocopy of the title-page supplied by ScGU.% General comments: I have not been able to determine the order of publication of these three different undated editions.
      NIC(HA) reports that it holds a copy of one of the versions entitled "Choice cookery'.% 0196

  • Cookery and domestic economy
  • Subjects: education, schools,

    • 1. Collins' school series. | Cookery | and | domestic economy. | Adapted for use in | advanced school classes. | By | Mrs. Black, F.E.I.S., | of the West-End Training School of Cookery, Glasgow. | Holder of a First Class Diploma from the | National Training School of Cookery, South Kensington.
      London and Glasgow: William Collins, Sons and Co Ltd; nd
      16.5 x 11.0 cm   Pp [1-5] 6-78, [i-ii] ads   [3d on binding]   Brown paper  
      GB:   *LoEN   OB  

      There are 113 numbered recipes followed by "To set a dinner table' on pages 67-70 and "Laundry work' on pages 71-76. LoEN dates this edition [1891].

    • 2. — [Title as undated LoEN edition except there is no full stop after "Glasgow']
      London and Glasgow: William Collins, Sons and Co Ltd; nd
      17.0 x 11.0 cm   Pp [1-5] 6-78, [i-ii] ads   [3d on binding]   1 fp illus  
      GB:   *OPo(F)   ScGQ  

      General comments: These editions are distinguished not only by the punctuation in the title but also by the form of the publisher's symbol which appears above the imprint on the title-page. The OPo(F) edition has "Ltd.' following the company initials in the symbol; the LoEN edition does not.
      BMCat lists this title dated [1891] but the volume is missing.% 0198

  • Cookery for schools
  • Subjects: education, schools,

    • 1. Collins' school series. | Cookery for schools. | By | Mrs. Black, F.E.I.S., | of the West End Training School of Cookery, Glasgow. | Holder of a First Class Diploma from the | National Training School of Cookery, | South Kensington.
      London and Glasgow: William Collins, Sons and Co Ltd, Collins' Clear-type Press; nd
      GB:   *Priv coll  

      There are seventy-nine numbered recipes in twenty lessons, followed by three pages of questions. The author states in the preface that the book "is arranged to meet the requirements of the new Education Code'. A testimonial preceding the title-page and dated 26 April 1899 suggests that the book was published about 1899.

  • Hints to young housekeepers
  • Subjects: general,

    • 1. Hints | to | young housekeepers. | By | Mrs. Black, | of the West-End School of Cookery, Glasgow. | Holder of a First-Class Diploma from the National Training School of | Cookery, South Kensington. | Author of "Household Cookery and Laundry Work."
      London and Glasgow: William Collins, Sons and Co Ltd; nd
      16.5 x 11.0 cm   Pp [1-3] 4-63 [64]  
      GB:   OB   *OPo(F)   ScGQ  

      A note on the verso of the title-page says that "the papers on cooking and household management, contained in this little volume, were written for and published in the Glasgow Weekly Mail'. The 114 numbered recipes are grouped by month beginning with March. There are no chapters for January and February.
      OB dates this edition [1884]. Its copy is bound in blue cloth.
      The copies of this title dated [1884] at LB and LoEN are unavailable for comparison. LB lists its volume as destroyed and the LoEN volume is missing.

    • 2. — Hints | to | young housekeepers. | By | Mrs. Black, F.E.I.S., | of the West-End School of Cookery, Glasgow, | holder of a First-Class Diploma from the National Training School of | Cookery, South Kensington. ) Author of "Household Cookery and Laundry Work." | New and enlarged edition.
      London and Glasgow: William Collins, Sons and Co Ltd; nd
      16.5 x 11.0 cm   Pp [1-2] ads, [i-iii] iv-v [vi], [3] 4-74, [i-iv] ads  
      GB:   LoEN   *OPo(F)  
      US:   NNNAM  

      This edition has 122 numbered recipes grouped by month and beginning with January. A testimonial on page iv at the back of the book dated 10 September 1890 suggests that the book was published in the 1890s.
      The NNNAM copy is bound in blue cloth.% 0201

  • Household cookery and laundry work
  • Subjects: general,

    • 1. Household cookery | and | laundry work. | By | Mrs. Black, | of the West-End School of Cookery, Glasgow. | Holder of a First-Class Diploma from the National Training School of | Cookery, South Kensington.
      London and Glasgow: William Collins, Sons and Co Ltd; nd
      16.5 x 11.0 cm   Pp [1-7] 8-144  
      Bib:   B42  
      GB:   LB   LoEN   OB   *OPo(F)  
      US:   DLC  

      The text is primarily cookery. Only pages 129-142 deal with laundry work. LB, LoEN and OB date this edition [1882].
      The LB copy is bound in blue cloth. Glued to the inside face of the binding is a review of the book from "The north times' of 14 December 1882.
      Axford 211 lists this title as dated 1882 without square brackets.

    • 2. — [Another edition, thirty-fifth thousand]

      This is advertised on the binding of the edition of Mrs Black's "Cookery and domestic economy' at OPo(F).% 0203

    • 3. — Household cookery | and | laundry work. | By | Mrs. Black, | of the West-End Training School of Cookery, Glasgow. | Holder of a First-Class Diploma from the National Training School of | Cookery, South Kensington. | Forty-fifth thousand
      London and Glasgow: William Collins, Sons and Co Ltd; nd
      16.5 x 11.0 cm   Pp [1-7] 8-144   Red cloth  
      GB:   *Priv coll  

      The Glasgow school's name now appears on the title-page as "West-End Training School' instead of "West-End School' as in the first edition. On page 3 is the "Preface to fifth edition' dated January 1886.% 0204

    • 4. — Household cookery | and | laundry work. | By | Mrs. Black, F.E.I.S., | of the West-End Training School of Cookery, Glasgow. | Holder of a First-Class Diploma from the National Training School of | Cookery, South Kensington. | Sixty-fifth thousand.
      London and Glasgow: William Collins, Sons and Co Ltd; nd
      16.5 x 11.0 cm   Pp [i-ii] ads, [1-7] 8-144, [i-ii] ads  
      GB:   *OPo(F)   ScGQ  

      The initials "F.E.I.S.' now follow the author's name on the title-page.% 0205

    • 5. — [Title as sixty-fifth thousand] | Seventy-fifth thousand.
      London and Glasgow: William Collins, Sons and Co Ltd; nd
      16.5 x 11.0 cm   Pp [3-7] 8-144   Red cloth  
      GB:   *LWel  

      The frontispiece shows five small illustrations of dishes, the recipes for which are on pages 26, 31, 49, 60 and 71. I have also seen a copy of the seventy-fifth thousand in a private collection where the frontispiece images are printed as a full-page illustration on page 6.% 0206

    • 6. — [Title as sixty-fifth thousand] | Ninety-second thousand.
      London and Glasgow: William Collins, Sons and Co Ltd; nd
      16.5 x 11.0 cm   Pp [i-ii] ads, [1-7] 8-144, [i-ii] ads   1 fp illus on page 6  
      GB:   *OPo(F)  

    • 7. — [Another edition, ninety-seventh thousand]

      Cited in CBCat 2/77.% 0208

    • 8. — Household cookery | and | laundry work. | By | Mrs. Black, F.E.I.S., | Principal of the West-End Training School of Cookery | and Domestic Economy, Glasgow. | One hundred and tenth thousand. | New and enlarged edition.
      London and Glasgow: William Collins, Sons and Co Ltd, Collins' Clear-type Press; [1897]
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-ii] ads, [1-7] 8-144, [i-ii] ads   [1s on binding]   Frontis portrait of author  
      GB:   *OPo(F)  

      The preface is dated February 1897.% 0209

    • 9. — [Title as one hundred and tenth thousand] | One hundred and thirtieth thousand. New and enlarged edition.
      London and Glasgow: William Collins, Sons and Co Ltd, Collins' Clear-type Press; nd
      17.5 x 11.5 cm   Pp [1-7] 8-144, [i-ii] ads   [1s on binding]   Blue-green cloth  
      GB:   *ScGQ  

      The preface is undated.% 0210

    • 10. — [Another edition, 149th thousand, nd]

      Cited in BlackCat 2.% 0210a

    • 11. — Household cookery | and | laundry work | by | Mrs. Black, F.E.I.S. ) One hundred and fifty-first thousand | New and enlarged edition
      London and Glasgow: Collins' Clear-type Press; nd
      17.5 x 11.5 cm   Pp [1-7] 8-144   [1s on binding]   Red cloth  
      GB:   *ScGQ  

    • 12. — Household cookery | and | laundry work | by | Mrs. Black, F.E.I.S. ) New and enlarged edition
      London and Glasgow: Collins' Clear-type Press; nd
      17.5 x 11.0 cm   Pp [1-7] 8-144   [1s on binding]  
      GB:   LWel   *OPo(F)   WYoLU(B)  

      This appears to be the latest of the editions of this title that I have discovered.% 0212

  • Superior cookery
  • Subjects: general,

    • 1. Superior | cookery. | By | Mrs Black, | of the West-End Training School of Cookery, Glasgow | First-Class Diplomee of the National Training School of Cookery, | South Kensington.
      London and Glasgow: William Collins, Sons and Co Ltd; nd
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [1-7] 8-200   Green cloth  
      GB:   *LCS   LoEN missing   OB  
      US:   NNNAM  

      The text contains 340 numbered recipes. Unlike later editions, there are no plates. LoEN and OB date this edition [1887].

    • 2. — Superior | cookery. | By Mrs Black, | of the West-End Training School of Cookery, Glasgow. | First-Class Diplomee of the National Training School of Cookery, | South Kensington. | Second edition
      London and Glasgow: William Collins, Sons and Co Ltd; nd
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [1-7] 8-200   8 num pls col  
      GB:   *OPo(F)   WYoLU(B)  

      In the title there is now a full stop after "Glasgow' and an accent in "Diplomee'.% 0214

    • 3. — [Another edition, fifteenth thousand]
      GB:   Bookseller's stock  

    • 4. — [Another edition, twenty-fourth thousand]

      This is advertised for 2s 6d on the binding of the author's undated "Cookery for schools' of about 1899 catalogued above.% 0216

    • 5. — Superior | cookery. | By | Mrs. Black, F.E.I.S., | Principal of the West-End Training School of Cookery, Glasgow; | First-Class Diplomee of the National Training School | of Cookery, South Kensington. ) Twenty-fifth thousand.
      London and Glasgow: William Collins, Sons and Co Ltd; nd
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-ii] ads, [1-7] 8-200, [i-ii] ads   Green cloth with a joint of meat and a pie on front  
      GB:   *Priv coll  

    • 6. — [Title as twenty-fifth thousand] | Twenty-ninth thousand.
      London and Glasgow: William Collins, Sons and Co Ltd; nd
      19.0 x 12.5 cm   Pp [1-7] 8-200   Green cloth with a joint of meat and a pie on front  
      GB:   LB   *OPo(F)  

      There are two copies of the twenty-ninth thousand in LB, one of which has a leaf of advertisements at the front and back of the book.% 0218

    • 7. — Superior cookery | by | Mrs. Black, F.E.I.S. | late Principal of the West-End Training School of Cookery, Glasgow; | First-Class Diplomee of the National Training School | of Cookery, South Kensington ) Thirty-fifth thousand
      London and Glasgow: Collins' Clear-type Press; nd
      18.5 x 12.5 cm   Pp [1-7] 8-200   8 num pls col incl frontis  
      Bib:   A383   B42  
      GB:   *ScGQ  

      This edition was published some time after the author's death on 1 March 1903.
      AIWF 1982 describes an edition which appears to match that described here; however, the entry does not say if the copy at CSfA(SL) is also the thirty-fifth thousand.% General comments: LoEQ has an undated, 200-page edition of "Superior cookery" which I have not seen.% 0219


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