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PIERCE, Charles   


  • Household manager
  • Subjects: servants, duties: general,

    • 1. The household manager: being a practical treatise upon the various duties in large or small establishments from the drawing-room to the kitchen. By Charles Pierce, maitre-d'h#3otel.
      1857
      17.0 x 10.5 cm   Pp [i-v] vi [vii] viii [1] 2-376  
      GB:   LB   OB   OPo(F)   *WYoLUB  
      US:   DLC   MCR  

      Binding: blue cloth, gilt.
      This edition is cited in Bitting, p 371. The title Pierce gives himself would not have implied that he supervised a commercial restaurant or hotel, but that he held a position equivalent to that of steward in a wealthy aristocratic household. The book makes a frank appeal to the reader's snobbishness. Pierce gives the bills of fare for banquets as well as dinners, lists the duties of an improbably large retinue of servants, and reproduces an impressive sample page from an engagement diary filled with references to royal and aristocratic guests. He also includes about seventy pages on the art of cookery, although there is no recipe section.

    • 2. — [Third edition, 1863]
      GB:   LB  

      The BMCat lists a third edition, revised and enlarged, as published London: Simpkin & Marshall 1863.


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