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HAMER, Mrs Sarah Sharp   1839-1927


It is well established that Phillis or Phyllis Browne is the pseudonym of Mrs Sarah Sharp Hamer nee Heaton. DLC's name authority card for this author states that her son, Sam Hield Hamer, in a letter of 5 August 1935 gave her full names and birth and death dates to the library and that additional correspondence from Mr Hamer and her publisher, Cassell and Co Ltd, established three pseudonyms for her: Phillis Browne, Phyllis Browne and Olive Patch. BMCat lists all works by Browne under Hamer. @Less certain, however, is whether Mrs Hamer also used the pseudonym, A. G. Payne. DLC added a name authority card to its files in May 1948 stating that A. G. Payne was the pseudonym of Phillis Browne. Its source was "A supplement to Allibone's critical dictionary of English literature and British and American authors" by John Foster Kirk, Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott and Co, 1891. The linking of Payne to Browne seems to have originally appeared in "Initials and pseudonyms: a dictionary of literary disguises" by William Cushing, New York: Thomas Y. Crowell and Co, 1888, where the entry reads simply, "Payne, A. G. Phillis Browne. An American writer of the day." "Handbook of pseudonyms and personal nicknames" compiled by Harold S. Sharp, Metuchen, New Jersey: The Scarecrow Press Inc, 1975, also identifies A. G. Payne as Phillis Browne, American writer. The fact that A. G. Payne was not mentioned as a pseudonym by Mrs Hamer's son nor by Cassell and Co in their correspondence with DLC, despite the name appearing on the title-page of several popular cookery books of the day published by Cassell and Co, suggests that Payne and Hamer are not related. BMCat does not attribute the works of Payne to Hamer. I have followed BMCat and described the titles by Payne under Payne, Arthur Gay. @In addition to books on cookery, Hamer wrote a number of volumes on household topics under her pseudonym, Browne, and books for children under the pseudonym, Olive Patch. @Sarah, incidentally, was not the only member of her family associated with Cassell and Co: John Hamer was Cassell's Publishing Manager from 1867 to 1900; and Sam Hield Hamer edited the children's magazine, "Little folks", from 1894.

  • The dictionary of dainty breakfasts
  • Subjects: meals, breakfast,

    • 1. The dictionary | of | dainty breakfasts | by | Phyllis Browne | with a tabular introduction | by | a mere man
      London, Paris and Melbourne: Cassell and Co Ltd; 1898
      18.5 x 12.5 cm   Pp [i-v] vi-xii, 1-139, [i-ix] ads  
      GB:   LB   LCF   LoEN   OB   *OPo(F)  
      US:   NN   OrCS   WaS   ICJ  

      The recipes are arranged alphabetically. LB identifies "a mere man" as Sir Frederick W. Andrewes. Its copy is bound in brown cloth.

    • 2. — [Another edition, 1899]
      Bib:   B64  
      US:   ViU   OCl   MH   NN   MBSi   DLC   NIC(HA)  

      Bitting 64 and NUCat cite London, Paris, New York and Melbourne: Cassell and Co Ltd, 1899.% General comments: Axford 114 records this title but incorrectly dates it 1889-1898.% 2039b

  • Diet and cookery for common ailments
  • Subjects: invalid cookery,

    • 1. Diet and cookery | for | common ailments | by | a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians | and | Phyllis Browne
      London, Paris and Melbourne: Cassell and Co Ltd; 1894
      17.0 x 11.0 cm   Pp [iii-vii] viii-x [xi] xii, [1] 2-307 [308], [i-xvi] publ ads   Blue cloth  
      GB:   *LB   LCF   LCS   LoEN   OB  
      US:   DLC  

      Apart from the first three chapters which are entitled "Food and digestion", "Kinds of diet" and "The articles of diet", the text is organised by physical condition from obesity to asthma, with a last chapter called "Liquid and semi-liquid foods, or "slop dietary^"". Most chapters contain a dietary and recipes.

  • Cookery for common ailments
    • 1. Cookery for | common ailments | by | a fellow of the Royal College of | Physicians | and | Phyllis Browne
      London, Paris, New York and Melbourne: Cassell and Co Ltd; 1898
      16.5 x 10.5 cm   Pp [v-vii] viii-x [xi] xii, [1] 2-307 [308], [i-ii] publ ad   Rebound  
      GB:   LB destroyed   *LoEN   OB  

    • 2. — [Title as 1898]
      London, New York, Toronto, and Melbourne: Cassell and Co Ltd; 1911
      17.5 x 11.5 cm   Pp [iii-vii] viii-x [xi] xii, [1] 2-307 [308]   [1s on p iv]   *LCS  

      General comments: "Cookery for common ailments" is one of the series, "Cassell's home handbooks", according to an advertisement in the 1905 edition of "Cassell's vegetarian cookery" by A. G. Payne. 2039e

  • The girl's own cookery book
  • Subjects: children, cookery books for,

    • 1. The girl's own | cookery book. | By | Phillis Browne.
      London: "The girl's own paper" Office; nd
      16.0 x 10.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv [v-viii], [9] 10-160   Grey cloth  
      GB:   *LB   LoEN   OB  

      LB and LoEN date this edition [1882]; OB dates it [1883].

    • 2. — [Title as first cited edition]
      London: The Religious Tract Society; nd
      16.0 x 10.5 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv [v-viii], [9] 10-160   Blue cloth  
      GB:   *LWel   OPo(F)  
      US:   OrU  

  • A year's cookery
  • Subjects: menus,

    • 1. A | year's cookery. | Giving dishes for | breakfast, luncheon, and dinner, | for | every day in the year, | with | practical instructions for their preparation. | By | Phillis Browne.
      London, Paris and New York: Cassell, Petter, Galpin and Co; nd
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv, [1] 2-444, 1-4 ads, [1] 2-4 ads   Green cloth  
      GB:   LoEN   OB   *OPo(F)  

      Menus for each day are followed by marketing advice and recipes.
      The preface is dated 6 December 1879. LoEN dates its copy [1879]; OB, [1880]. NUCat records a copy in MF by the same publisher but dated 1879 without brackets.

    • 2. — [Another edition, second]
      GB:   Priv coll  

      A private collector reports the second edition, London, Paris and New York: Cassell, Petter, Galpin and Co, nd.% 2039i

    • 3. — [Title as first edition] | Third edition.
      London, Paris and New York: Cassell, Petter, Galpin and Co; nd
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv, [1] 2-444, 1-4 publ ads, [1] 2-4 publ ads   [3s 6d on first page of ads]   Green cloth with design on front incorporating prepared dishes, kitchen utensils and a melon vine  
      GB:   *LCS  
      US:   MH  

      "A supplement to Allibone's critical dictionary" dates the third edition 1881. See also the printing history recorded in the 1905 edition.% 2039j

    • 4. — [Another edition, fifteenth thousand]

      This is listed on page 38 of "An illustrated catalogue of the publications", Cassell and Co Ltd's catalogue of February 1887 in OB, and also in CBCat 2/77.% 2039k

    • 5. — [Another edition, seventeenth thousand]
      Rebound  
      GB:   LL  

    • 6. — A | year's cookery. | Giving dishes for | breakfast, luncheon, and dinner, | for | every day in the year, | practical instructions for their preparation. | By | Phillis Browne. | Eighteenth thousand.
      London, Paris, New York and Melbourne: Cassell and Co Ltd; nd
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv, [1] 2-444, [i-xvi] ads   Illus  
      GB:   LCF   *OPo(F)  
      US:   DLC  

      The title differs from the first edition in that there is no "with" preceding "practical instructions". This edition appears to have been published in 1888 or 1889 since the title-page of the LCF copy bears the inscription, "Fredk T Vine < Received for review. January 9.th 1889."% 2039m

    • 7. — [Another edition, twentieth thousand]

      The twentieth thousand is advertised for 3s 6d in Marie Jenny Sugg's "The art of cooking by gas" published in 1890.% 2039n

    • 8. — A | year's cookery. | Giving dishes for | breakfast, luncheon, and dinner, | for | every day in the year, | with | practical instructions for their preparation; and | a special section on food for invalids. | By | Phyllis Browne. | Twenty-second thousand.
      London, Paris and Melbourne: Cassell and Co Ltd; 1891
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv, [1] 2-476, [i-xvi]   Maroon cloth  
      Bib:   B64  
      GB:   *Priv coll  

    • 9. — [Title as 1891] | Twenty-second thousand.
      London, Paris and Melbourne: Cassell and Co Ltd; 1892
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv, [1] 2-476   Rebound  
      GB:   *LCS   LWel  

      Like the preceding edition of 1891, this edition of 1892 is also described on the title-page as the twenty-second thousand.
      The LWel copy has sixteen unnumbered pages of publisher's advertisements following page 476. It is bound in red cloth.% 2039o

    • 10. — [Another edition, twenty-fourth thousand, 1895]

      Listed in CBCat 2/77.% 2039p

    • 11. — A | year's cookery | giving dishes for | breakfast, luncheon, and dinner | for | every day in the year | with | practical instructions for their preparation, and | a special section on food for invalids | by | Phyllis Browne
      London, Paris, New York and Melbourne: Cassell and Co Ltd; 1898
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [1-2] publ ad, [i-iii] iv, [1] 2-476, [i-ii] publ ad   [1s in publ ad]   Red limp cloth  
      GB:   *LB  
      US:   ICJ   WaS   NN  

    • 12. — [Title as 1898]
      London, Paris, New York and Melbourne: Cassell and Co Ltd; 1905
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [1-2] ad, [i-iii] iv, [1] 2-476 [i-ii] publ ads   [2s in publ ad]   Brown cloth with 2 rows of 5 dinner plates on front  
      GB:   *Priv coll  

      The following printing history of "A year's cookery" is on the verso of the title-page: "First edition December 1879. Reprinted January and July 1880, 1882, 1885, 1886, 1888, 1889. New edition September 1891. Reprinted 1892, 1895, 1898, 1902, 1905."% 2039q

    • 13. — A year's cookery | giving dishes for breakfast, luncheon, | and dinner, for every day in the year, | with practical instructions for their | preparation, and a special section on | food for invalids | by | Phyllis Browne | With three full-page plates
      London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne: Cassell and Co Ltd; 1910
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [1-2] ad, [i-iii] iv, [1] 2-476, [i-ii] publ ads   Brown cloth with small still-life on front  
      GB:   *WYoLU(B)  

    • 14. — [Title as 1910]
      London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne: Cassell and Co Ltd; 1914
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [1-2] ads, [i-iii] iv, [1] 2-476, [i-ii] ads   Brown cloth  
      GB:   *OPo(F)  


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