Do you follow us on Twitter? If you don’t already, you can follow us via the link to the side of this page. As well as keeping you up to date with new posts on the blog, we use it to retweet news about events taking place in our libraries and elsewhere in the City of London. We also sometimes tweet images from some of the more interesting collections that pass through our hands in ISS. Recently, we’ve been cataloguing a new collection of books relating to food and drink for Guildhall Library. Some of these images are historically interesting, such these two approaches to cooking in times of austerity: Charles Francatelli’s “Plain cookery book for the working classes” (1852)
and “Tempting dishes for small incomes” by Mrs. de Salis (1892)
Some are more visually attractive, such as this design by Barney Bubbles for a limited edition recipe book published in 1974 for Justin de Blank Provisions (“Feasts”)
and these illustrations, by the ballet designer William Chappell, for June and Doris Langley Moore’s “The pleasure of your company” from 1936:
or even these two designs (perhaps not to everyone’s taste) that make use of the “nature morte” tradition: Comtesse Guy de Toulouse-Lautrec’s “Les recettes de Mapie” (1956)
and Pierre Koffmann’s “Memories of Gascony” (1990):
Not everything we catalogue is quite as visually attractive as these, of course, but if you follow us on Twitter (look out for the hashtag #nowcataloguing) you might come across something that is of interest to you!