The Book Of Household Management Comprising Information For The Mistress. Housekeeper, Cook, Kitchen Maid, Butler, Footman, Coachman, Valet, Parlour-Maid, Housemaid, Lady’s-Maid, General Servant, Laundry-Maid, Nurse and Nurse-Maid, Monthly, Wet and Sick-Nurse, Governess. Also Sanitary, Medical and Legal Memoranda. With a History of the Origin, Properties and Uses of all Things connected with Home Life and Comfort. Several Hundreds of New Recipes for English, French, German, Italian, American, Australian and Indian Cookery - Isabella Beeton 1895 - Ward, London - Entirely New Edition, Revised, Corrected, and Greatly Enlarged. 600th thousand. This book has more wisdom to the square inch than any work of man’ - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

An early edition, in the publisher’s original binding, clean interior, containing over 1,600 pages of recipes, culinary advice, and household hints, a total of 3,737 entries including 2,974 recipes, illustrated with thirteen full page colour chromolithographic plates (two of which are folding), and numerous black and white illustrations both full page and in-text.

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.

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

Thick octavo (book size 20x14cm), pp. xlvi [2] [4 (ads)] 1644 12 (ads) [12 (publisher’s catalogue)]. In publisher’s burgundy leather spine and green cloth boards, spine lettered and decorated in gilt (rebacked with old spine re-laid over new matching leather), red speckled edges, yellow coated endpapers with advertisements.
  Condition: Near fine, some light spotting but generally a nice and clean interior, in very good publisher’s binding, wear to corners, rebacked with original spine laid over new leather, one or two gatherings slightly loose.   Ref: 110787   Price: HK$ 4,000