Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Victorian Cullinary Typography

R done good! Waiting for me today was this little piece of ephemeral wonder that he had picked up somewhere in Portsmouth. I'm having a little difficulty dating it but I do know that the 27th edition was issued in 1912-ish and that this is the tenth so, even at one edition a year, that makes this safely Victorian. The Alfred Bird & Son of Birmingham are, of course, the makers of Bird's custard powder, beloved of the generations. This is a very fragile but very wonderful survival of a small cookbook, probably never intended to last a hundred years and more. Nice to the see the 'manicule' in use on the inside front cover and to see another example of mixed-font typography from the Victorians.

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