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COLE, Miss Rose Owen   


Miss Cole was the daughter of Sir Henry Cole, one of the founders of the National Training School for Cookery. As well as compiling the books described below, she also prepared sheets of recipes for the school. LG has a series of sheets of middle-class and artizan recipes signed and dated variously "1875 R. O. C.' or "1876 R. O. C."

  • Breakfast and savoury dishes
  • Subjects: meals, breakfast,

    • 1. Breakfast | and | savoury dishes | by | R. O. C. | compiler of the "Official Handbook for the National Training | School for Cookery"
      London: Chapman and Hall Ltd; 1885
      17.5 x 11.5 cm   Pp [1-5] 6-64   Lacks binding  
      GB:   DuSB   LB destroyed   LCS   *LoEN   OB  
      US:   MH   MCR  

      On the title-page is the quotation ""Now, good digestion wait on appetite, and health on both." Macbeth, Act III. Scene 4.' The preface is dated March 1885 and is followed by forty-three numbered recipes for breakfast dishes.
      The LCS copy is bound in grey paper with the price of 1s on the front.% General comments: The 1885 edition of "Breakfast and savoury dishes' is the only edition for which I have found copies; however, there may be other editions since there is an advertisement for the "seventh thousand' in "The official handbook for the National Training School for Cookery" of 1887 and an advertisement for the "ninth thousand' in "The official handbook" of 1891.

  • How to cook fish
  • Subjects: fish,

    • 1. [An edition of "How to cook fish"]

      An advertisement in "The official handbook for the National Training School for Cookery' of 1887 lists "How to cook fish. A series of lessons in cookery, from the Official Handbook to the National Training School, South Kensington. Compiled by "R. O. C."' published in London by Chapman and Hall Ltd for 3d. "The official handbook' of 1891 advertises the "seventh thousand'. These advertisements are the only references to "How to cook fish' that I have discovered. I have not traced a copy of the book.

  • The official handbook for the National Training School for Cookery
  • Subjects: education, vocational,

    • 1. The official handbook for the | National Training School | for Cookery: | containing | the lessons on cookery | which constitute | the course of instruction in the school | with | lists of utensils necessary, and lessons on | cleaning utensils. | Compiled by R. O. C. | and tested in the National Training School.
      London: Chapman and Hall; 1877
      19.5 x 13.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv [v-vi], [7] 8-416   Blue cloth with a design featuring cooking utensils on spine  
      GB:   LB micro   *LoEN   OB  
      US:   MB   NN  

      The following quotation is on the title-page: ""The number of inhabitants who may be supported in any country, upon its internal produce, depends about as much upon the state of the art of cookery, as upon that of agriculture, but if cookery be of so much importance, it certainly deserves to be studied with the greatest care. Cookery and agriculture are arts of civilized nations: savages understand neither of them." # Count Rumford's Works, Vol. I."
      In the preface, which is dated July 1877, Miss Cole comments that "the work has been used and tested in the National Training School for Cookery since 1875, and the instructors now employed in local schools throughout the country have been taught and practised by means of these lessons'. She adds that the lessons were also available printed on separate sheets of paper.

    • 2. — [Title as 1877 except there is no colon following "School for Cookery"]
      London: Chapman and Hall; 1878
      19.5 x 12.5 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv, [5-7] 8-416   Blue cloth with a design featuring cooking utensils on spine  
      GB:   *Priv coll  
      US:   PPL  

      The quotation from Count Rumford appears again on the title-page of this edition.% 1096

    • 3. — [Another edition, 1878]
      US:   DP   MH  

      There appear to have been two editions issued by Chapman and Hall in 1878 since NUCat lists an edition dated 1878 with a title slightly different from that in the British private collection described above. It reads, "Comp. by R. O. C. from the course of practice... 2d ed.', following the pattern of later editions.% 1097

    • 4. — The official handbook for the | National Training School | for Cookery | containing | the lessons on cookery | which constitute | the course of instruction in the school | with | lists of utensils necessary, and lessons on | cleaning utensils. | Compiled by R. O. C. | from the course of practice in the National | Training School. | Third thousand.
      London: Chapman and Hall; 1879
      19.5 x 12.5 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv, [5-7] 8-416   Blue cloth  
      GB:   *LG  

      The quotation from Count Rumford also appears on the title-page of this edition. There is a preface to the second edition dated May 1878.% 1098

    • 5. — [Title as third thousand] | Fourth thousand.
      London: Chapman and Hall; 1879
      19.5 x 12.5 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv, [3-7] 8-416, [i-xlii] ads   Blue cloth with a design featuring cooking utensils on spine  
      GB:   LWel   MCe   *OPo(F)  

      The quotation from Count Rumford appears again on the title-page of this edition. Printed at the top of a page of advertisements at the back of the book is "September 25, 1879. Edition, 2000 copies."% 1099

    • 6. — The official handbook for the | National Training School | for Cookery | containing | the lessons on cookery | which constitute | the ordinary course of instruction in the school | with | lists of utensils necessary, and lessons on | cleaning utensils. | Compiled by R. O. C. | from the course of practice in the National | Training School. | Sixth thousand.
      London: Chapman and Hall Ltd; 1881
      US:   RPB  

      I have taken the title and imprint from a photocopy of the title-page supplied by RPB. The word "ordinary" now precedes "course of instruction" on the title-page, and below the quotation from Count Rumford is the sentence "Buckle, in his "History of civilization," names food as one of the four physical agents which exercise a most powerful influence on civilization." NUCat describes this edition as the fifth.

    • 7. — [Title as sixth thousand] | Seventh thousand.
      London: Chapman and Hall Ltd; 1881
      19.0 x 12.5 cm   Pp [i-ii] ads, [1-3] 4-463 [464], [1] 2-26 [27-30] ads   Green cloth  
      GB:   GrART   *LG  

      The preface is dated March 1880 and states that "the present edition (the fifth) has been revised throughout'. Printed on the first page of advertisements at the back is "November, 1880. # Edition 3,000 copies."% 1101

    • 8. — [Another edition, fourteenth thousand, 1885]
      GB:   Priv coll  

      A private collector reports this edition published by Chapman and Hall.%. 1102

    • 9. — The official handbook for the | National Training School | for Cookery | containing the | lessons on cookery | which constitute | the ordinary course of instruction in the school | with lists of utensils necessary, and | lessons on cleaning utensils | compiled by R. O. C. | from the course of practice in the National | Training School | Eighteenth thousand
      London: Chapman and Hall Ltd; 1887
      19.5 x 12.5 cm   Pp 2 ad, [i] blank, [1-3] 4-476, 1-12 [13] ads, 3 ad   Green cloth  
      GB:   *Priv coll  

      The title-page is printed in red and black. On page 11 of the advertisements there is an "index to advertisers in the {{ninth edition}} of the Official Handbook for the National Training School for Cookery'.% 1103

    • 10. — [Title as eighteenth thousand] | Nineteenth thousand
      London: Chapman and Hall Ltd; 1888
      19.5 x 12.5 cm   Pp 2 ad, [i] blank, [1-3] 4-476, 1-4 ads, v-vi ads, vii incorrectly numbered v ad, viii-xvi [xvii] ads, 3 ad   Green cloth  
      GB:   *Priv coll   ScGQ  
      US:   ViU  

      The title-page is printed in red and black.% 1104

    • 11. — [Title as eighteenth thousand] | Twentieth thousand
      London: Chapman and Hall Ltd; 1888
      GB:   Priv coll  

      The title and imprint are taken from a photocopy of the title-page provided by a private collector.% 1105

    • 12. — [Title as eighteenth thousand] | Twenty-first thousand
      London: Chapman and Hall Ltd; 1891
      19.5 x 13.0 cm   Pp iii-iv ads, [1-3] 4-476, [i-iv] v-viii ads, [v] vi ads   Green cloth  
      Can:   BVaUB  
      GB:   *LWel  

      The title-page is printed in red and black. On page vii of the advertisements there is an "index to advertisers in the {{tenth edition}} of the Official Handbook'.% 1106

    • 13. — [Title as eighteenth thousand] | A new and cheaper edition | (twenty-sixth thousand)
      London: Chapman and Hall Ltd; nd
      19.5 x 12.5 cm   Pp [i-ii] ads, [1-3] 4-476, i-viii [ix-x] ads   Brown cloth with a carrot, mushrooms and a beet or turnip on front  
      Bib:   B585  
      GB:   LB destroyed  
      US:   *DLC  

      On page vii of the advertisements there is an "index to advertisers in the --eleventh edition-- of the Official Handbook'. BMCat dates this edition [1897], corrected by hand to [1896].
      An advertisement in Mrs Humphry's "Cookery up-to-date' of 1896 gives 3s 6d as the price of this edition.% 1107

    • 14. — [Title as eighteenth thousand] | A new and cheaper edition | (twenty-seventh thousand)
      London: Chapman and Hall Ltd; nd
      GB:   Priv coll  

      The title transcription and imprint are from a photocopy of the title-page supplied by the book's owner. This undated edition numbered twenty-seventh thousand was followed by an edition, also numbered twenty-seventh thousand, but dated 1902 (see below).% 1107a

    • 15. — Official handbook | of the | National Training School | of Cookery | with lists of utensils necessary, and | lessons on cleaning utensils | First series | Twenty-seventh thousand
      London: printed and published for the Lady Superintendent of the National Training School of Cookery by William Clowes and Sons Ltd; 1902
      19.0 x 12.5 cm   Pp ii-iv ads, [i-iii] iv, 5-476, v-vii ads   [3s 6d on binding]   Green cloth  
      GB:   LB destroyed   LB(S)   *LoEN   OB  

      "R. O. C.' is no longer cited as the author; however, the introductory material is virtually the same as the first edition of 1877, as are many of the recipes.% 1108

    • 16. — [Title as twenty-seventh thousand, 1902] | Twenty-eighth thousand
      London: printed and published for the Lady Superintendent of the National Training School of Cookery by William Clowes and Sons Ltd; 1905
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [1-2] ads, [i-iii] iv, [3] 4-463, [iv-vii] ads   [3s 6d on binding]   Green cloth  
      GB:   LCS   *OPo(F)  

    • 17. — [Another edition, 1908]
      Aus:   VMRoT  

    • 18. — Official handbook | of the | National Training School | of Cookery | with lists of utensils necessary, and | lessons on cleaning utensils | First series
      London: printed and published for the Principal of the National Training School of Cookery by William Clowes and Sons Ltd; 1915
      18.0 x 11.5 cm   Pp iii-iv ads, [v] tp, vi ad, [1] 2 [3] 4-11, vii ad, 13-454, viii-xi ads, [455] 456-463 index, xii-xiii [xiv] ads   Rebound  
      GB:   *LB  

      There is no longer an indication of how many "thousand' on the title-page.% 1111

    • 19. — [Another edition, 1922]

      AbCat 1971 lists this edition.% 1112

    • 20. — [Title as 1915]
      London: William Clowes and Sons Ltd; 1924
      18.5 x 11.5 cm   Pp [i-ii] tp, [1] 2-463   [6s on binding]   Green cloth  
      GB:   LB missing   LL   *LoEN   OB  

      General comments: NUCat cites an edition dated 1887 at PPL; however, PPL reports that NUCat is incorrect. Its copy is dated 1878 and corresponds to the 1878 edition in the British private collection described above.% American editions: This work was published in New York by D. Appleton and Co in 1878 under the title "Lessons in cookery. Hand-book of the National Training School for Cookery (South Kensington, London). To which is added the principles of diet in health and disease. By Thomas K. Chambers, M.D. Edited by Eliza A. Youmans.' Bitting 585 refers to an American edition of 1879; however, this may be a typographical error for I have not traced a copy of that date.% 1114

  • Sick-room cookery
  • Subjects: invalid cookery,

    • 1. [An edition of "Sick-room cookery']

      "Sick-room cookery. From the Official Handbook to the National School for Cookery, South Kensington. Compiled by R. O. C.' is advertised in the "eighteenth thousand' of "The official handbook' of 1887. The "third thousand' of "Sick-room cookery' is advertised for 6d in the "twenty-first thousand' of "The official handbook' of 1891. I have not traced a copy of this title.


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