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ROSS, Mrs Janet Ann   1842-1927


The daughter of Lady Duff Gordon who wrote "Letters from Egypt", Janet Ann spent her youth in literary circles. On her marriage to Henry Ross, the couple settled in Tuscany. She writes of her childhood in "Early days recalled", London: Chapman and Hall Ltd, 1891, and presents a fuller story of her life in "The fourth generation: reminiscences", London: Constable and Co Ltd, 1912.

  • Leaves from our Tuscan kitchen
  • Subjects: vegetables, italy, cookery of,

    • 1. Leaves | from | our Tuscan | kitchen | or | how to cook | vegetables | by | Janet Ross
      London: J. M. Dent and Co; 1899
      17.5 x 10.5 cm   Pp [i-vi] vii-xiii [xiv] xv-xxviii, [1] 2-150   Red cloth  
      Bib:   B408  
      GB:   LWel   LoEN   OB   *WYoLU(B)  
      US:   NNNAM  

      The title-page is printed in red and black. A floral border surrounds the title and author. The title-pages of all the editions that I have seen, up to and including the 1914 edition, are also printed in red and black and have the same border.
      In the preface Janet Ross says that many of the recipes were dictated by "our good Giuseppe Volpi... who has been known to our friends for over thirty years" (the frontispiece is a portrait of Volpi in the kitchen at the author's villa). She also acknowledges "Sigri. Fratelli Ingegnoli of Milan, who have permitted [her] to use and translate... from their excellent little book "Come si cucinano i legumi". The recipes are arranged alphabetically by vegetable and also under other headings such as macaroni, sauces and soups.

    • 2. — [Title as 1899]
      London: J. M. Dent and Co; 1900
      17.0 x 10.5 cm   Pp [i-vi] vii-xiii [xiv] xv-xxviii, [1] 2-150   Red cloth  
      Bib:   B408  
      GB:   *Priv coll  
      US:   DLC   LU   MH   PPL  

      Printed on the verso of the title-page is "First edition, October 1899 < Second edition, September 1900".

    • 3. — [Title as 1899]
      London: J. M. Dent and Co; 1903
      17.0 x 11.0 cm   Pp [i-vi] vii-xiii [xiv] xv-xxviii, [1] 2-150   Red cloth  
      Bib:   B408  
      GB:   LB   *OPo(F)  

      Printed on the verso of the title-page is "First edition, October 1899 < Second edition, September 1900 < Third edition, 1903".

    • 4. — [Title as 1899]
      London: J. M. Dent and Co; 1905
      17.0 x 10.5 cm   Pp [i-vi] vii-xiii [xiv] xv-xxviii, [1] 2-150   Red cloth  
      Bib:   B408  
      GB:   *WYoLCe  

      Printed on the verso of the title-page is "First edition, October 1899 < Second edition, September 1900 < Third edition, January 1903 < Fourth edition, November 1905".

    • 5. — [Title as 1899]
      London: J. M. Dent and Co; 1908
      17.5 x 11.0 cm   Pp [i-vi] vii-xiii [xiv] xv-xxix [xxx], [1] 2-168   Red cloth  
      Bib:   B408  
      GB:   *ScGUSc  
      US:   MnS   OKentU   ICN   NN   OCl  

      Following the record of the book's earlier publishing history on the verso of the title-page is "Fifth edition, with additions, August 1908".

    • 6. — [Title as 1899]
      London: J. M. Dent and Sons Ltd; 1911
      17.0 x 10.5 cm   Pp [i-vi] vii-xiii [xiv] xv-xxix [xxx], [1] 2-168   Red cloth  
      Bib:   B408  
      GB:   *Priv coll  
      US:   OOxM   OrP  

      The publishing history on the verso of the title-page now reads, "First edition 1899 < Reprinted 1900, 1903, 1905 < With additions 1908, 1911".

    • 7. — [Title as 1899]
      London: J. M. Dent and Sons Ltd; 1914
      17.0 x 10.5 cm   Pp [i-vi] vii-xiii [xiv] xv-xxix [xxx], [1] 2-168   Red cloth  
      Bib:   B408  
      GB:   *Priv coll  
      US:   DLC   CFS  

      The publishing history on the verso of the title-page reads, "First edition 1899 < Reprinted 1900, 1903, 1905 < With additions 1908, 1911, 1914".

    • 8. — [Another edition, 1919]
      US:   MU  

      NUCat cites London: J. M. Dent, 1919.

    • 9. — [Title as 1899]
      London: J. M. Dent and Sons Ltd; 1927
      17.0 x 10.5 cm   Pp [i-vi] vii-xiii [xiv] xv-xxiv, [1] 2-168   Red cloth  
      GB:   LB   *LCF  
      US:   ICJ   CU  

      The title-page is now printed in black only but retains the same floral border of the first edition.
      The publishing history on the verso of the title-page reads, "First edition 1899 < Reprinted 1900, 1903, 1905 < With additions 1908, 1911, 1914, 1919, 1927".

    • 10. — [Another edition, [1931]]
      US:   Bookseller's stock  

      This edition was published in London and Toronto by J. M. Dent and Sons Ltd. The publication date appears on the verso of the title-page.

    • 11. — [Title as 1899]
      London: J. M. Dent and Sons Ltd; New York: E. P. Dutton and Co Inc; [1936]
      17.0 x 10.5 cm   Pp [i-vi] vii-xiii [xiv] xv-xxiv, [1] 2-168   Red cloth  
      GB:   *LCS  
      US:   KMK  

      The title-page is printed in black only but retains the floral border of the first edition.
      The publishing history on the verso of the title-page reads, "First published 1899 < Reprinted 1900, 1903, 1905, < Reprinted (with additions) 1908, 1911, 1914, 1919, 1927, 1931, 1936". The 1936 edition was the last before the revision by Michael Waterfield in 1973 (see below).% General comments: In 1973 John Murray of London published "Leaves from our Tuscan kitchen or how to cook vegetables by Janet Ross and Michael Waterfield" (copies in LB and OB). Waterfield, Janet Ross' great-great-nephew and a restaurateur, has thoroughly revised and rewritten the recipes. The original narrative form is replaced by a separation of ingredients and recipe method. The foreword by Harry Luke includes a short biography of Janet Ross.


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