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BRIGGS, Miss E.   


EpicureDir 1899, page 55, lists Miss E. Briggs as Superintendent of Cookery to the London School Board and gives her address as 31 Clapham Mansions, SW. Although BMCat identifies the author as Edith Briggs, her first name may be Emily since the introduction of "The nurse's handbook of cookery' by E. M. Worsnop and M. C. Blair, London: Adam and Charles Black, 1897, is signed "Emily Briggs, Superintendent of Cookery to the London School Board.' @Miss Briggs' influence seems to have travelled beyond the cookery classes of London schools to the Continent in the 24-page publication "E2coles me2nage1res dominicales. Cahiers de Mme. van Obbergen, et axiomes tire2s du cours de cuisine de Miss E. Briggs... Deuxie1me cahier' which is listed in BMCat as published Saint-Trond: [1890'].% 0267

  • Cookery book and general axioms for plain cookery
  • Subjects: education, schools,

    • 1. School Board for London. | Cookery book | and | general axioms | for ) plain cookery. | Formulated by | Miss Briggs. | S.B. 2231-12 # 10,000 # 24.10.90.
      London: Chas Straker and Sons, Printers to the Board; 1890
      GB:   Priv coll  

      The title and imprint of this edition are taken from a photocopy of the title-page provided by a private collector. The string of letters and numbers following the author's name appear in the lower left-hand corner of the title-page. The preface is signed "E. Briggs. Nov. 1890.'

    • 2. — [Title as first cited edition] | S.B. 2315-14 # 15,000 # 31.12.90.
      London: Chas Straker and Sons, Printers to the Board; 1890
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [1-5] 6-114   Red cloth  
      GB:   *LWel   WYoLU(B)  

      The cover-title is "Instruction in cookery < Book of receipts and axioms'. The text is in two parts: "Instruction in cookery' on pages 5-96 and "General axioms for plain cookery' on pages 97-106. The author signs the preface "E. Briggs. Nov., 1890.' and the introduction to "General axioms' on page 98 "E. Briggs. Nov., 1889.'% 0269

    • 3. — [Title as first cited edition] | S.B. 3072-9 # 10,000 # 6.8.92.
      London: Alexander and Shepheard, Printers to the Board; 1892
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [1-5] 6-114   Red cloth  
      GB:   *Priv coll  

    • 4. — [Title as first cited edition] | S.B. 243 # 12,000 # 26.2.95.
      London: Chas Straker and Sons, Printers to the Board; 1895
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [1-5] 6-114   Red cloth  
      GB:   LB   *OPo(F)  

    • 5. — [Title as first cited edition] | S.B. 218 # 12,000 # 5-5-98.
      London: Fredk Tarrant and Son, Printers to the Board; 1898
      GB:   Priv coll  

      The title and imprint are from a photocopy of the title-page provided by a private collector.% General comments: "General axioms for plain cookery' which forms the second part of the book was also published separately. OB has a copy of this slim 8-page booklet with the imprint "London: Hazell, Watson and Viney, Printers to the Board' issued in 1888.
      In the 1880s the School Board for London issued a cookery manual with a title similar to the cover-title of the book by Briggs described here. I have been unable to compare the two texts to see if they are in any way related. See "Instruction in cookery" for information about the earlier work.% 0272


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