OT: Still Earlier Antedating of "Restaurant"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Mar 14 15:06:09 UTC 2010

At 3/14/2010 10:10 AM, victor steinbok wrote:
>Depending on the search string, this volume pops up in the third or
>fourth "ten" (I searched for pre-1823, at first, then pre-1819, but
>with slightly different prompts).

For pre-1821 (to antedate my earlier example), for me it is on the
7th page.  I had given up much earlier.

>There are actually a number of hits
>in the 1802-1803 period, including at least four copies of The Monthly
>Magazine for 1803. But, because of slow connection, I only got through
>the first 50 or so hits, of which more than half are misdated
>(although many are from 1860s and 1890s instead of 1800s--a very
>common GB error). Some, like the two you mention are so obvious, they
>don't need to be checked, of course.

Nor "The writings of Henry David Thoreau, Volume 9 - Page 105", dated 1803.

But what about "Little Journeys to Hawaii and the Philippine Islands,
by Marian M. George, dated 1801?  An intrepid early South Seas woman
explorer?  The copyright page is mysterious... but WorldCat says 1901.

Or Besant's "With Harp and Crown", Bungled as 1800 but actually 1876.

Or "Textbook of Temperance", 1809, where "trembling with suppressed
agony at the thought of becoming an assassin, he rushed into the
nearest restaurant," ... but we find it's John Wilkes Booth.

Or in an edition of a translation of the memoirs of Casanova, where
Bungle Books has picked up a 1797 date from the illustration of an
earlier title page instead of the publication date of 1922.

Or the innumerable examples of "restauration" being taken as
"restaurant", plus countless books in Latin (for, at least, the
"earlier" spelling "restaurat").

It'a a nefarious plot by Google to destroy scholarship by drowning it
in errata.


>On 3/14/10, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
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> > Subject:      Re: Still Earlier Antedating of "Restaurant"
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> > At 3/13/2010 09:51 PM, Shapiro, Fred wrote:
> >>And still earlier:
> >>
> >>1806 John Pinkerton _Recollections of Paris in the years 1802-3-4-5_
> >>II. 469 (Google Books)  If a _restaurant_ be established, it shall
> >>not be permitted to take eatables, or drink beer or wine in the
> >>reading-room, billiard-room, or gaming-room, but only in those
> >>destined for that use.
> >
> > How *did* you find this?  The first hit I got from Bungle Books was
> > "Alice's restaurant: a screenply, 1070; the second :"United Stated
> > code service, 1700.  I gave up.
> >
> > Joel
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