Photo blog: cookbook

Item catalogued for Guildhall Library

Recently we had a cookbook pass through BSS on its way to Guildhall Library, a delicate tome filled with recipes written over the years, in pen and pencil, and on pages and scraps. It’s an immensely interesting piece of human history (interesting is interchangeable with yummy here), something we thought would be worth photoblogging.

Many wonderful items pass through BSS to be catalogued. Some of these take up a short residency in THE CUPBOARD (feel free to imagine this as a large dark towering oak monster vault), usually items which are rare, fragile and expensive. Most recently Tottell’s 1556 Latin edition of the Magna Carta had a short stay in BSS, where it was catalogued before being handed over to Guildhall Library.

Our office has its own history too, hiding old catalogues, shelves with names like Arthur’s Bin, and some papery things. Admittedly, this place has an interior that would only look good on radio, but we thought it might be fun to do the odd photoblog, whether it’s of things passing through or some forgotten corner with a dusty librarian rocking back and forth whispering, “You can’t beat card catalogues. You can’t. You caaaaan’t.”

TLDR: Pretty pictures on this blog sometimes.

(Contributed by: HD)

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6 thoughts on “Photo blog: cookbook

  1. I love the vision of your cupboard temporarily sheltering treasures, and I wholeheartedly rejoice at the thought of librarians “rocking back and forth whispering, “You can’t beat card catalogues. You can’t. You caaaaan’t.”

  2. What a joyous read! Many thanks Harpreet for shining a new light on the work us BSS’ers do.

    I had heard tell of the Jamaican lady’s personal cookbook, now I’ve seen it – I look forward to the next BSS book highlight!

    🙂

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