The Book of Household Management; Comprising information for the Mistress, Housekeeper, Cook, Kitchen-Maid, Butler, Footman, Coachman, Valet, Upper and Under Housemaids, Lady s-Maid, Maid-of-All-Work, Laundry-Maid, Nurse and Nurse-Maid, Monthly, Wet, and Sick Nurses, etc., etc. - Also Sanitary, Medical, and Legal Memoranda. With a History of the Origin, Properties, and uses of All Things connected with Home Life and Comfort - Isabella Beeton Circa 1873 - Ward, London - Entirely New Edition, Revised and Corrected. 207th thousand This book has more wisdom to the square inch than any work of man’ - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

An early edition with a fine and clean interior, containing over 1,100 pages of recipes, culinary advice, and household hints, a total of 2,882 entries including approximately 2,000 recipes, illustrated with twelve full page colour lithographic plates, and numerous black and white full page and in-text woodcut illustrations.

Mrs Beeton’s incomparable
The Book of Household Management was one of the earliest cookery books to use coloured illustrations. A truly important English work, and one of the most successful cookbooks of all time.
  The most famous English cookery book ever published. It stands four-square in the nation's imagination as a bastion of traditional English fare and solid Victorian values. It represents extravagance ('take 12 dozen eggs'), and a lost rural way of life ('first catch your hare'). Household Management was markedly innovative, introducing the newly expanded and self-consciously respectable Victorian middle class to the latest manufactured food products, to a wide range of foreign recipes, and to fashionably different modes of dining. - Nicola Humble - Introduction to the edition of 2000.

Provenance: Hazel Bank, Yanwath, near Penrith, Cumbria, England, noted to front and small blind stamp to title page.

References: Cansler,
‘Where’s the Beef?’ Chemical Heritage Magazine, 31. Cagle, A Matter of Taste, 561.

Thick octavo (book size 13.8x18.4cm), pp. [2] xl [2] 4 (ads), 1139 [1] [2 (publisher’s ads)] 8 (ads), 32 (publisher’s catalogue) [2].
  In publisher s red roan spine (rebacked), ruled in gilt with black morocco spine label lettered in gilt over original green pebbled cloth boards, red speckled edges, later endpapers.   Condition: Fine in very good binding, rebacked, endpapers replaced, rubbing to spine ends and split to outer rear hinge.   Ref: 110785   Price: HK$ 5,000