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SANTIAGOE, DANIEL. GENERAL SERVANT ... CEYLON TEA HOUSE WAITER. - The Curry Cook's Assistant; or Curries and How to Make Them in England in Their Original Style. Third edition.

 1476869507,
London, Kegan Paul 1889. Small octavo publisher's decorated cloth; xx,80,[4]pp. A little spotting or browning but a nice copy. ¶ There was a first edition of this and apparently a second but it seems no-one living has ever seen them. This has prefaces to the first (1887) and second editions but nothing other than the title page to indicate this is the third and not second edition. Santiagoe's preface tells us that his first edition was 500 copies of a sixpenny work. This enlarged edition cost a shilling in wrappers and probably 1/6 in cloth. I can't find a record of an earlier version and neither could Driver whose bibliography of British cookery books describes only this third edition. For a while I thought Daniel Santiagoe was too good to be true - the fractured but lively English, the list of qualifications - but I've come to accept that, although nothing much is known about other than he was the author of this, he did exist. There is a portrait by John Lavery labelled as being him. In short: an uncommonly good copy of an uncommon book, maybe the earliest existing edition of the first English curry book. Without pioneers like Santiagoe, British towns and cities would not now have a curry in every gutter come Friday night.
AUD 750.00 [Appr.: EURO 458.25 US$ 552.8 | £UK 412.25 | JP¥ 57765] Book number 10621

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