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L'Escole parfaite des officiers de bouche, 1662
'L'Escole parfaite des officiers de bouche; contenant le vray maistre-d'hotel, le grand escuyer tranchant, le sommelier royal, le confituriern royal, le cuisinier royal et le patissier royal' was published by J Ribou in Paris in 1662. The chapter on the duties of the sommelier royal contains information about napkin / serviette folding.

A full copy of the work can be accessed here. The pages relating to the folding of serviettes are reproduced below.

An Italian translation, 'Il Cuoco Francese' by Signor de la Varenne, was published in Bologna in 1682.

An English translation, 'A Perfect School of Instructions for the Officers of the Mouth', attributed to Giles Rose, was published by R Bentley and M Magnes in London in 1682. The information given about serviette / napkin folding in all three works is the same. The information is analysed on the English page.