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A modern bill of fare for seven


subjects: bill of fare,

  • 1. A modern bill of fare for seven, as it was perform'd, by their own desire and approbation, in May, Anno Domini 1751, and compared with a bill of fare provided for King Henry the 8th, and his Queen, the foreign ministers, Lord- Mayor, judges, etc.
    London: printed for Mons. Potage Julien Verd la Petit Pate   Sold by Mons. Carpenter   1751
    30 cm.   8 p.  
    GB:   OBL*  
    US:   ICJ   TxU  

    1. The following advertisement appears at the end of this booklet or pamphlet: 'To all Printers, Booksellers, Stationers, and others, this to give notice. That this is not enter'd in the Hall-Book of the Company of Stationers, but it is earnestly requested that no-body will pirate it, as it is done for the benefit of several French cooks just imported, who want shirts to their ruffles.' See under earlier entry: EXPLANATION.
    2. The corporate pseudonym is obviously a joke. From the advertisement given in note 1 it is clear that the compilers of this small work were Frenchmen, yet the spelling and construction of the French in the pseudonym is chaotic. 'Verd', the outmoded form of 'vert', was used to I mean 'bawdy' as well as the usual 'green'; and 'patte' is used to mean 'a dog's dinner'. In its crude form, the nearest translation for the pseudonym is 'Mr. Soup with Shredded Salad and Game Pie', but with double-meanings, such as 'bawdy', it could be a risque play on the cooks' surnames.