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DUCKITT, Miss Hildagonda Johanna   21 February 1840 (1839')-5 Jan


Miss Duckitt paints a vivid picture of her life in the Cape in "Hilda's diary of a Cape housekeeper'. More biographical information can be found in "Quadrilles and konfyt: the life and journal of Hildagonda Duckitt' by Mrs Mary Kuttel, Miss Duckitt's grandniece, Cape Town: Maskew Miller Ltd, [1954]. Mrs Kuttel describes her aunt as the South African Mrs Beeton for the immediate and longlasting success which "Hilda's "Where is it?" of recipes` had with South African housewives. Mrs Kuttel also prepared new arrangements of Miss Duckitt's recipes: "650 cookery recipes from "Hilda's "Where is it''" and "Hilda's diary of a Cape housekeeper^`', Cape Town: Maskew Miller Ltd, [1951], and "Hildagonda Duckitt's book of recipes', Cape Town: A. A. Balkema, 1966. @Miss Duckitt was a close friend of Catherine Frances Frere who edited "The cookery book of Lady Clark of Tillypronie' and "A proper newe booke of cokerye' which are described elsewhere in this bibliography. In the introduction to the latter title Catherine Frere says that she also edited both "Hilda's "Where is it'" of recipes' and "Hilda's diary of a Cape housekeeper'. @Miss Duckitt's birth and death dates are from Volume III of "Dictionary of South African biography', [Cape Town]: published for the Human Sciences Research Council by Tafelberg-Uitgewers Ltd, [1977], which has a generous entry for this author who was renowned not only for her contribution to South African cookery but for her gardening skills and interest in the indigenous plants of South Africa. @SABib is my source for library locations for Miss Duckitt's books in South Africa.

  • Hilda's diary of a Cape housekeeper
  • Subjects: south africa, cookery of,

    • 1. Hilda's diary of | a Cape housekeeper | being a chronical of daily events and monthly work in a Cape household, | with numerous cooking recipes, and notes on gardening, | poultry keeping, etc. | by | Hildagonda J. Duckitt | author of "Hilda's Where Is It of Recipes
      London: Chapman and Hall Ltd; 1902
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [1-2] publ ad, [i-viii], [1] 2-300 [301-302], [i-ii] publ ad   Pink cloth  
      GB:   LWel   *LoEN   OB  
      SA:   BU   CLP   CS   DUK   PEdW  

      The title-page is printed in red and black. The frontispiece is a sketch of Groote Poste, the author's homestead. The preface is signed "H. J. D. St. Lucia, Waterloo Green, Wynberg, October 1901.`
      In the introduction, subtitled "My old home', the author describes her family life in the Cape. She then discusses her cookery throughout the year in chapters devoted to each month.

    • 2. — Hilda's diary of | a Cape housekeeper | being a chronicle of daily events and monthly work in a Cape household, | with numerous cooking recipes, and notes on gardening, | poultry keeping, etc. | by | Hildagonda J. Duckitt | author of "Hilda's Where Is It of Recipes' | Second thousand
      London: Chapman and Hall Ltd; 1902
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-x], [1] 2-300 [301-302], [i-ii] publ ads   Pink cloth with loop of cloth along back vertical edge to hold pencil  
      GB:   *LB   LL  
      SA:   DUK   JP  
      US:   DNAL  

      This edition was issued in the same year as the first. The title-page is printed in red and black. There is now a closing quotation-mark following "Hilda's Where Is It of Recipes' on the title-page, correcting the omission in the first edition.% 0901

    • 3. — Hilda's diary of | a Cape housekeeper | being a chronicle of daily events and monthly work in a Cape household, | with numerous cooking recipes, and notes on gardening, | poultry keeping, etc. | by | Hildagonda J. Duckitt | author of "Hilda's Where Is It of Recipes`
      [London and Basingstoke: Macmillan London Ltd; 1978]
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-viii], [1] 2-300 [301]   Brown and green cloth with partial reproduction of frontis on front  
      GB:   LB   *WYoLCe  

      This is a facsimile edition.% 0902

  • Hilda's "Where is it?" of recipes
  • Subjects: south africa, cookery of,

    • 1. Hilda's | "Where is it?" | of recipes. | Containing, amongst other practical and tried recipes, | many old | Cape, Indian, and Malay dishes and preserves; | also | directions for polishing furniture, cleaning silk, etc., | and a | collection of home remedies in case of sickness. | By | Hildagonda J. Duckitt.
      London: Chapman and Hall Ltd; 1891
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-vii] viii-xi [xii], 1-265   Light brown cloth  
      GB:   LB micro OB   LWel   *LoEN   OB   OPo(F)  
      SA:   CLP   CS   CU   DP   DUK   JU  

      "Dictionary of South African biography' describes "Hilda's "Where is it'" of recipes' as "the first attempt to compile a recipe book for South Africans and to include traditional recipes from all the racial groups at the Cape'. In the introduction, which is dated October 1890, the author says, "It was at the suggestion of some friends in England... that I have collected some homely and old-fashioned recipes from relations and friends, and from practical housewives'. The recipes are arranged alphabetically from "Anchovies on toast' to "Zoute krakeling` and many have descriptive subtitles such as "a Cape dish', "the old Cape way', "Dutch recipe' and "a Malay dish'. The chapter entitled "Hilda's books' in Mary Kuttel's "Quadrilles and konfyt' gives a full picture of the sources for the recipes by identifying Miss Duckitt's friends, neighbours and relatives.
      Later editions of "Hilda's "Where is it?" of recipes' which record the printing history of the book on the verso of the half-title list the first edition of

    • 2. — [Title as first cited edition] | Second edition.
      London: Chapman and Hall Ltd; 1891
      18.5 x 12.5 cm   Pp [i-vii] viii-xi [xii], 1-265   Light brown cloth with cloth loop along back vertical edge to hold pencil  
      GB:   *Bookseller's stock  
      SA:   CS  

    • 3. — Hilda's | "Where is it?" | of recipes. | Containing, amongst other practical and tried recipes, | many old | Cape, Indian, and Malay dishes and preserves: | also | directions for polishing furniture, cleaning silk, etc. | and a | collection of home remedies in case of sickness. | By | Hildagonda J. Duckitt. | Fourth thousand.
      London: Chapman and Hall Ltd; 1892
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-vii] viii-xi [xii], 1-265   Rebound  
      GB:   *WYoLU(B)  
      SA:   CS  

      Unlike the editions described above, the title-page of the "fourth thousand' is printed in red and black. The semicolon following "preserves` on the title-page has been replaced by a full colon and the comma following "etc.' has been omitted. There is a "preface to second edition' dated June 1891 which says that "some corrections have been made, and some excellent recipes have been added.'% 0905

    • 4. — [Another edition, fifth thousand, 1894 [December 1893]]

      The printing history of "Hilda's "Where is it?" of recipes' which appears on the verso of the half-title of later editions records the fifth thousand as published in December 1893. PorCat "Supplement: the feminine world' lists the fifth thousand dated 1894.% 0906

    • 5. — [Another edition, sixth thousand, September 1894]
      SA:   JH  

      This edition is recorded in the printing history which appears in later editions. An advertisement in Beaty-Pownall's "A book of sauces' of 1896 gives 4s 6d as the price of the sixth thousand.% 0907

    • 6. — [Another edition, seventh thousand, September 1895]

      Cited in the printing history which appears in later editions.% 0908

    • 7. — [Title as fourth thousand] | Eighth thousand.
      London: Chapman and Hall Ltd; [July] 1896
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-vii] viii-xi [xii], 1-265, [i-iii] publ ads   [4s 6d on p iii of publ ads]   Light brown cloth  
      GB:   *WYoLU(B)  
      SA:   GU  

      The title-page is printed in red and black. The book's printing history is recorded on the verso of the half-title.% 0909

    • 8. — [Title as fourth thousand] | Ninth thousand.
      London: Chapman and Hall Ltd; [July] 1897
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-vii] viii-xi [xii], 1-265, [i-iii] publ ads   [4s 6d on p iii of publ ads]   Light brown cloth with cloth loop along back vertical edge to hold pencil  
      GB:   *Priv coll  
      SA:   DUK  

      The title-page is printed in red and black. The book's printing history is recorded on the verso of the half-title.% 0910

    • 9. — [Another edition, tenth thousand, March 1899]

      Recorded in the printing history which appears in later editions.% 0911

    • 10. — [Another edition, eleventh thousand, September 1899]

      Cited in the printing history which appears in later editions.% 0912

    • 11. — [Title as fourth thousand] | Twelfth thousand.
      London: Chapman and Hall Ltd; [April 1901]
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-vii] viii-xi [xii], 1-265, [i-iii] publ ads   Light brown cloth with cloth loop along back vertical edge to hold pencil  
      GB:   *Priv coll  

      The title-page is printed in red and black. The book's printing history is recorded on the verso of the half-title.% 0913

    • 12. — [Another edition, thirteenth thousand, March 1902]
      SA:   JP  

      Cited in the printing history which appears in later editions and listed in SABib.% 0914

    • 13. — [Title as fourth thousand] | Fourteenth thousand.
      London: Chapman and Hall Ltd; [August 1902]
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-vii] viii-xi [xii], 1-265, [i-iii] publ ads   Light brown cloth with cloth loop along back vertical edge to hold pencil  
      GB:   *LCF  

      The title-page is printed in red and black. The book's printing history is recorded on the verso of the half-title.
      The LCF copy is one of the few I have seen with the original pencil still in place in the cloth loop along the back edge of the binding.% 0915

    • 14. — [Another edition, fifteenth thousand, February 1903]

      Recorded in the printing history which appears in later editions.% 0916

    • 15. — [Another edition, sixteenth thousand, August 1903]

      Recorded in the printing history which appears in later editions.% 0917

    • 16. — [Another edition(s), February 1904]

      According to the printing history which appears in later editions 2,000 copies were printed in February 1904. They may have been published as two separately numbered issues of 1,000 copies (see "General comments`).% 0918

    • 17. — [Another edition(s), February 1905]

      According to the printing history which appears in later editions 2,000 copies were printed in February 1905. They may have been published as two separately numbered issues of 1,000 copies each (see "General comments`).% 0919

    • 18. — [Another edition(s), October 1906]

      Another 2,000 copies were printed in October 1906 according to the printing history which appears in later editions. They may have been published as two separately numbered issues (see "General comments`).% 0920

    • 19. — [Title as fourth thousand] | Twenty-third thousand.
      London: Chapman and Hall Ltd; [July 1908]
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-vii] viii-xi [xii], 1-265, [i-iii] publ ads   [4s 6d on p iii of publ ads]   Light brown cloth  
      GB:   *WYoLU(B)  

      The title-page is printed in red and black. The printing history on the verso of the half-title lists 2,000 copies printed in July 1908 making a total of 24,000 copies to date; the title-page, however, identifies this copy as part of the twenty-third thousand.% 0921

    • 20. — [Title as fourth thousand] | Twenty-fourth thousand.
      London: Chapman and Hall Ltd; [July 1908]
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-vii] viii-xi [xii], 1-265, [i-iii] publ ads   Light brown cloth  
      GB:   *Priv coll  
      SA:   CU  

      The title-page is printed in red and black. The printing history on the verso of the half-title lists 2,000 copies printed in July 1908.% 0922

    • 21. — [Another edition, twenty-fifth thousand, [1911]]
      SA:   JP  

      SABib records this edition held by JP.% 0923

    • 22. — [Title as fourth thousand] | Twenty-sixth thousand.
      London: Chapman and Hall Ltd; [March 1911]
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-vii] viii-xi [xii], 1-265, [i-ii] publ ad   Light brown cloth with cloth loop along back vertical edge to hold pencil  
      GB:   *Priv coll  
      SA:   CS   DUK  

      The title-page is printed in red and black. The printing history on the verso of the half-title records 2,000 copies printed in March 1911. An advertisement in the tenth thousand of Mrs Webster's and Mrs Llewelyn's "The Apsley cookery book' published in 1914 cites 5s as the price of the twenty-sixth thousand.
      The private collector's copy retains the original pencil.% 0924

    • 23. — [Another edition(s), March 1914]

      The printing history in the thirty-second thousand records 2,000 copies printed in March 1914. They may have been published as two separately numbered issues of 1,000 copies each (see "General comments`).% 0925

    • 24. — [Another edition(s), March 1919]

      The printing history in the thirty-second thousand records 2,000 copies printed in March 1919. They may have been published as two separately numbered issues of 1,000 copies each (see "General comments`).% 0926

    • 25. — [Another edition, thirty-first thousand, [1925]]
      SA:   CS  

    • 26. — [Title as fourth thousand] | Thirty-second thousand.
      London: Chapman and Hall Ltd; [January 1925]
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-vii] viii-xi [xii], 1-265, [i-ii] publ ad   Red cloth  
      GB:   *Priv coll  
      SA:   JP  

      The title-page is printed in red and black. The leaves are light blue. The printing history on the verso of the half-title records 2,000 copies printed in January 1925.% General comments: The printing history given on the verso of the half-title of the thirty-second thousand published in 1925 reads:% 1,000 copies printed March 1891% 1,000 ' ' June 1891% 1,000 ' ' September 1891% 1,000 ' ' March 1892% 1,000 ' ' December 1893% 1,000 ' ' September 1894% 1,000 ' ' September 1895% 1,000 ' ' July 1896% 1,000 ' ' July 1897% 1,000 ' ' March 1899% 1,000 ' ' September 1899% 1,000 ' ' April 1901% 1,000 ' ' March 1902% 1,000 ' ' August 1902% 1,000 ' ' February 1903% 1,000 ' ' August 1903% 2,000 ' ' February 1904% 2,000 ' ' February 1905% 2,000 ' ' October 1906% 2,000 ' ' July 1908% 2,000 ' ' March 1911% 2,000 ' ' March 1914% 2,000 ' ' March 1919% 2,000 ' ' January 1925% The book seems to have been issued in printings of 1,000 copies throughout its life. Although the history records 2,000 copies printed in one month for t


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