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A complete system of cookery. In which is set forth, a variety of genuine receipts


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  • 1. A complete system of cookery. In which is set forth, a variety of genuine receipts, collected from several years experience under the celebrated Mr. de St. Clouet, sometime since Cook to his Grace the Duke of Newcastle .... Together with an introductory preface, shewing how every dish is brought to table, and in what manner the meanest capacity shall never err in doing what his bill of fare contains. To which is added, a true character of Mons. de St. Clouet.
    London: printed for the author   and sold by him; as also by Edward Verral, bookseller, in Lewes; and by John Rivington (in London)   1759
    21 cm.   xxxiii, 240 p.   4 sh.  
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    1. The author described himself as 'William Verra', Master of the White-Hart Inn in Lewes, Sussex'.
    2. Scots Mag., vol. 21 (Oct. 1759), p. 559, and Gents.Mag., vol. 29 (Nov. 1759), p. 541, both confirm that the price was 4 sh.
    3. The British Library holds two copies of this work. The first (press-mark 1037.g.21) is inscribed: 'Elizabeth Chapman Her Cookery Book 1760.' The second (press-mark c.28.f.13) contains copious MS notes by Thomas Gray, the poet. The whole work, with a new title, has been reprinted; see William Verral, The Cook's Paradise (London, 1948), with an introduction by R. L. Megroz, and with Thomas Gray's cookery notes in holograph. Little is said about M. de St. Clouet, except that he had also been cook to 'Marshal Richelieu'.

    Bitting, p. 477; Oxford, p. 89