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Peel, Constance Dorothy Evelyn Bayliff. Waiting at table. A practical guide. London: Frederick Warne & Co. (pr. by William Clowes & Sons), [ca. 1929]. 12mo (18.9 cm, 7.44"). viii, 115,  pp. $85.00
Instructions for servants, by the author of Manners and Rules of Good Society and other works on domestic economy, sometimes known as Dorothy Constance Peel or Mrs. C.S. Peel. These matter-of-fact lessons on upper-class serving techniques, originally published in 1894 under the byline "A Member of the Aristocracy," include much information on food-related trends and fashions of the day (dining hours, types of glasses and serving pieces in common use, foods appropriate for certain meals rather than others, accompaniments for a variety of dishes, when to offer which wines, etc.); they cover everything from informal "at home" breakfasts to wedding receptions at which members of the Royal Family are expected. The front free endpaper bears an advertisement for Mrs. Hunt's Employment Agency.
Publisher's green cloth, front cover and spine stamped in black, front with table setting–vignette and folded napkin decoration; spine dulled, boards slightly sprung with extremities a tad bumped, back cover with small white and other spottings. Pages evenly age-toned, with offsetting to front free endpaper. A solid, internally very clean copy of this influential and oft-cited work, in an elegantly designed early 20th–century publisher's binding. (40869) Please RESHELVE This.
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