Beauvilliers.   Antione B.     - The second edition printed same year as the first.
The Art of French Cookery.
BY A.B. BEAUVILLIERS, RESTAURATEUR, PARIS. SECOND EDITION. LONDON: PRINTED FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, BROWN, AND GREEN. PATERNOSTER-ROW. 1825.
Second edition. 182x112 mm. 2 feps (one modern one original). Title Page. [1] (1)iv-vi Discourse. (1)viii-xiii To Mistresses of Families. (1)xv To the Cook. [1] (1)2-347. [1] 11p Menus. 1p Lines for notes. (1)362-380. 1fep. Internally very clean with untrimmed and many uncut pages. Half fawn calf with marbled boards. A very nice copy of the very scarce English translation.
- Antoine B. Beauvilliers, born 1754, died 31.1.1817, was a French restaurateur; He published 'l’Art du Cuisinier' in 2 volumes in 1814. A first English translation titled ‘The Art of French Cookery’ was published in 1825 and this second edition on view here also published in the same year. Beauvilliers was trained in the royal kitchen of the Bourbons, and served as steward in the household of the Count of Provence; the future King Louis XVIII. He created and opened La Grande Taverne de Londres at 26 rue de Richelieu in 1782, which it is claimed, was the first real restaurant in Paris. He was famous for greeting clients wearing a sword, which is amusingly suggested online, probably came in handy if they were a bit strapped when it came to paying. In 1792 the chaos of the French Revolution forced him to shut his doors and he was imprisoned for a while. Beauvilliers also spent some time working in England as association with the nobility in France might have endangered his life. Returning to Paris towards the end of the Directory however, he re-opened his restaurant, and re-named it the 'Taverne de Londres'. It was the first luxury restaurant to open in the aftermath of the Revolution. (Mosimann Cat.#23) The term restaurant already existed in France, but it previously referred only to small establishments that sold broth or bouillon as restoratives. In his establishment, Beauvilliers was the first to offer an 'a la carte' menu‘ (meaning from the card) offering his guests the opportunity to choose from a number of menu items, as opposed to the fixed 'table d’hote' menu of the past. Restaurants proliferated after the Revolution as the nobility’s former chefs returned and sought employment. They were in contrast to Antonin Careme who had stayed, lived and worked through the social upheaval. He represented the grandest statement of the old, court-based cuisine. He was one of the last practitioners of 'service a la francaise', that found expression in the great buffets and dinners of the nobility, serving as many as eighty dishes for one meal. The recipes in Beauvilliers book are very precise and written for the professional. In a time of great social and political change in France his book is also an important milestone on the gastronomic landscape of that country's great culinary tradition. Careme's style of service was no longer tenable. Beauvillier's restaurant was as different and modern as Adria's 'El Bulli' is today. A new age had dawned in France and pragmatic necessity dictated, as always.

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Beeton   Isabella Mary     - The 2nd Edition, 1869.
The Book of Household Mangement
COMPRISING INFORMATION FOR MISTRESS, HOUSEKEEPER, COOK, KITCHEN-MAID, BUTLER, FOOTMAN, COACHMAN, VALET, UPPER AND UNDER HOUSE-MAIDS, 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. BY MRS ISABELLA BEETON. ENTIRELY NEW EDITION, REVISED AND CORRECTED, WITH NEW COLOURED ENGRAVINGS. TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-SEVENTH THOUSAND. LONDON: WARD, LOCK, AND TYLER, WARWICK HOUSE, PATERNOSTER ROW.
Thick 8vo. The Paste-down, End-paper and verso with advertisements. 1/2 Title. Verso with advertisements. [1] Frontispiece Plate xii. Title page. Verso with advertisements. (1)iv Preface to the first and second editions. (1)vi General Contenets. (1)viii-xxxv Analytical Index. xxxvi-xl Index to Engravings. (1) List of 12 Coloured Engravings. 5p Advertisements. [1]2-1139. [1]+p45 Advertisements. The back Paste-down and End-paper with advertisements. With the original green cloth boards, sypathetically re-backed with modern dark red morocco 1/4 spine with gilt writing and gilt device. Internally very clean and bright. A handsome copy.
- Eric Quayle in 'Old Cook Books' informs us: "In February 1865 Isabella Beeton died and left her husband, who treasured her, stunned and inconsolable. In May 1866 Samuel Beeton's bank, Overend, Gurney & Co. collapsed leaving him with bankruptcy staring him in the face. He was forced to sell the copyright of his most valuable asset, 'The Book of Household Management' to Ward, Lock and Tyler of Paternoster Row. He went to work for them but a quarrel leading to writs and injunctions forced him to sever his connections with the firm". -- This copy is quite different in appearance to the previous four issues of the first edition. Although also having 12 plates they are very different, and in the book all available space is filled with advertisements, giving a clue to the aggressive marketing by Ward, Lock & Tyler who knew full well the popularity of Isabella's literary legacy. By 1890 over half a million copies of 'The Book of Household Management' had been sold with no sign of demand abating, assuring its reputation as the publishing phenomenon of the nineteenth century.

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Beeton.   Isabella Mary     - The original 24 monthly parts.
The Book of Household Management
Comprising information for the MISTRESS, HOUSEKEEPER, COOK, KITCHEN-MAID, BUTLER, FOOTMAN, COACHMAN, VALET, UPPER AND UNDER HOUSE-MAIDS, 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. BY MRS ISABELLA BEETON. "Nothing lovelier can be found in woman, than to study household good".-Milton. LONDON: S.O. BEETON, 248, STRAND, W.C. 1861.
FIRST AND SOLE EDITION. In the original 24 parts. Housed in a handsome Sangorski and Sutcliffe clam shell box.
- Mrs Beeton’s ‘Book of Household Management’ is the most famous English cookery book ever published. It stands four-square in the nation’s perception as a bastion of traditional English fare and solid Victorian values. Far from being traditional, ‘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. Although it contains a smattering of extravagant recipes, if anything it errs on the side of frugality, with many left-overs. (It was these which tended to be removed from later editions, encouraging the book to be viewed as extravagant.) The rural economy in which most people produced their own food had been long lost by the time Beeton embarked on her book, and she is as nostalgic for that old connection to the land as we are today. ‘Household Management’ must rank as one of the great unread classics. Everyone has heard of it, a number of people own a copy (often an early twentieth-century edition, much expanded and bearing little relationship to Beeton’s original text), but it is rarely considered as anything other than a culinary curiosity. Yet it is one of the major publishing success stories of the nineteenth century, selling over half a million copies by 1890. In the next century the names ‘Mrs Beeton’ and ‘Household Management’ were to continue to make enormous profits for Ward, Lock & Co., to whom Isabella Beeton’s husband Samual Orchard sold the rights in a disastrous deal soon after Isabella’s death from an infection after giving birth to her fourth child in 1864, at the age of 28. Mrs Beeton’s ‘Book of Household Management’ was first published in a single volume in 1861, by the firm of S.O.Beeton. Priced at 7s. 6d. it was nearly as thick as it was high. Successfully selling over 60,000 copies in the first year. This was not, though, it’s first appearance in print. Between 1859 and 1861 it had been issued in 24 monthly parts. (The original plan was for 15-18) Each part was priced at 3d., and the type setting and text was identical in the later published volumes. A full set of those 24 parts in fine condition are displayed here.

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Beeton.   Isabella Mary     - 1st Edition - 2nd issue.
The Book of Household Management
Comprising information for the MISTRESS, HOUSEKEEPER, COOK, KITCHEN-MAID, BUTLER, FOOTMAN, COACHMAN, VALET, UPPER AND UNDER HOUSE-MAIDS, 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. BY MRS ISABELLA BEETON. "Nothing lovelier can be found in woman, than to study household good".-Milton. LONDON: S.O. BEETON, 248, STRAND, W.C. 1861.
FIRST EDITION, Second Issue. Thick 8vo. 2feps. Double chromo-lithographed frontispiece and elaborate title page with the Strand address. Additional Title Page. [1] [iv-iv] [1] [vi-xxxix] including analytical index. [1] 2-1112. 2feps. Modern full light tan calf with blind tooled lines on boards, raised bands and blind and gilt tooling on spine, green label with gilt lettering. Bright gilt on page edges. Very clean externally and internally. The "Free, fair homes of England" frontispiece has been very slightly cropped (without loss) and relaid on backing paper. The 12 chromolithographed plates all present.
- This second issue of the first edition is almost exactly the same, text, pages and chapters, as the first issue. The three small differences are, firstly -- the address on the first elaborate title page, reads, 248 STRAND instead of 18 BOUVERIE ST as on the first issue. The 2nd difference is the colour of the elaborate title page and the the 12 coloured plates. On the first issue the plates are predominately green with a white background. On this second issue the Title page and plates have a tan background. The design and dishes shown on the two sets of plates are otherwise, exactly the same. The 3rd difference is on p vi, 'General Contents'. The first line of the errata on the first issue reads; page 57, while on this issue, it reads; page 657. A beautiful, clean and desirable copy

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Beeton.   Isabella Mary     - The original 24 monthly parts.
The Book of Household Management.
Comprising information for the MISTRESS, HOUSEKEEPER, COOK, KITCHEN-MAID, BUTLER, FOOTMAN, COACHMAN, VALET, UPPER AND UNDER HOUSE-MAIDS, 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. BY MRS ISABELLA BEETON. "Nothing lovelier can be found in woman, than to study household good".-Milton. LONDON: S.O. BEETON, 248, STRAND, W.C. 1861.
FIRST and SOLE EDITION, in the original 24 parts. 8vo. As called for, parts 1 & 2 in creamy beige paper covers printed in black; Parts 3 - 24 in terra cotta paper covers printed in black. There are 12 coloured plates as frontispieces to parts 1-10 & parts 13 and 16. Part 1 has the printed title page, with the Bouverie St. address. Frontispiece of the “The free, fair homes of England”. The Title page, 2p Preface, the General Contents and first 2pages of the Analytical Index mis-bound into booklet 24, but all present and correct. Booklet # xii mis-printed as # vii, but collation is correct. All with the original printed wrappers and with a few very minor scuffs otherwise the whole set complete and in very good condition. All the pages untrimmed and some uncut. Housed in a handsome modern clamshell box with half bottle green morocco and cloth boards. Spine with raised bands, gilt lines and two red calf labels with gilt writing and tooling.
- Isabella Beeton accomplished an amazing amount during her short life. The early deaths of her first and second-born children must have been devastating, yet she quickly resumed work at her usual furious pace. In an era when middle class females were expected to have no interests beyond "womanly matters", Isabella came to excel at a man's job in the manly profession of journalism. She could not have done so without the encouragement of her husband Sam, a London publisher of books and magazines for the newly prosperous middle class. Isabella and Sam complimented one another superbly on both a personal and professional level. Sam was emotional and creative, a genius at marketing his publications. Isabella was reserved and level headed, a meticulous researcher. Both were tireless workers in spite of the tuberculosis that eventually caused Sam’s death 12 years after Isabella's. Soon after their 1856 marriage Isabella began writing cookery articles for Sam's ‘Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine’ (EDM), that were issued in monthly booklets and also an annual volume. In time she also became the editor. Later came editorial responsibilities for the Beeton’s newly created magazine ‘The Queen’, but not before she had completed her research for the magnificent work for which she is still known today. ‘Household Management’ evolved from the cookery columns Isabella wrote for EDM. Her first few articles were written somewhat tentatively, for she had no previous culinary experience except pastry-making lessons at a boarding school in Germany. In spite of this she soon perfected her research methods and smooth confident style of writing. By the end of their first year of marriage Sam and Isabella had made plans to publish ‘Beeton's Book of Household Management’. ‘Household Management’ debuted firstly in EDM, then the first booklet was published November 1st 1859 and subsequently in a total of 24 monthly instalments, although in the first booklet it states that it was designed to be completed in 15 to 18 parts. Isabella had started testing recipes as early as 1857. Recipes found too difficult or expensive for the middle class households for which Isabella was writing (with the exception of an extravagant Louis Eustache Ude recipe for Turtle Soup), were discarded. Many of the final selections came from Eliza Acton's ‘Modern Cookery for Private Families’, and from Alexis Soyer's ‘Modern Housewife’, and other undisclosed sources. Isabella's skill was editing, not cookery, and she made no claim of composing any of the recipes herself except a "Soup for Benevolent Purposes". In the extensive advertising at the back of the first booklet it states that --- “the Editress had nearly 2000 ladies of Great Britain and Ireland placed, and continue to place at her disposal, their assistance in furnishing such a collection of ‘facts’ relative to Domestic Economy, as had never before been brought together to enrich the pages of any similar work”. It further states that – “no recipe will be given that has not been tested by the Editress or by her confidential friends and correspondents”. Many of those helpers no doubt scoured the popular cookery books of the time, to test, taste and send their results to Isabella. In these days of instant e-mail, Skype, mobile phone or working web-sites, for Isabella to manage, in the 1850’s, the correspondence and communication by letter of those 2000 recipe testers and helpers brings these booklets into a new light. These 24 parts are mainly about cookery, but there is also a chapter with instructions to the mistress of the house regarding responsibilities and duties, plus a detailed chapter on managing servants, including recipes for various household preparations. Three of the book's chapters, two medical and one legal, were not written by Isabella, but the inclusion of the legal chapter is noteworthy given the poor legal status of women during the Victorian era. ‘Household Management’ sold steadily in the original parts, and in 1861 the 24 parts were issued as the first edition in book form. As the last booklet was published in November 1861 the publication of the book by the end of that year was accomplished very efficiently. The only real differences between the parts and the first edition in book form is the absence of the covers of the booklets and the absence of the substantial advertising inside and on the covers. Interestingly, the title page and the page with the list of the coloured plates is the last page of the last booklet (# xxiv) but are in the right order given for the first edition in book form. The surprise is the plates are the frontispieces in the booklets and not in the order stated in the list of coloured plates. This shows that Isabella was getting the book ready for the printer long before the last booklet appeared and the title page and colour plate list inserted in booklet 24 appear to be a curious afterthought proving that unlike other books whose title pages are among the first to be printed, she by necessity had to have them printed for the book last. As the booklets were sold separately by the month and are quite delicate within their paper covers, then complete and undamaged sets are extremely rare. These are the original parts of the biggest publishing phenomenon of the 19th century.

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Beeton.   Isabella Mary     - The first 'Big Beeton'
The Book of Household Management
COMPRISING INFORMATION FOR MISTRESS, HOUSEKEEPER, COOK, KITCHEN-MAID, BUTLER, FOOTMAN, COACHMAN, VALET, UPPER AND UNDER HOUSE-MAIDS, LADY'S MAID, MAID-OF-ALL-WORK, LAUNDRY-MAID, NURSE AND NURSE-MAID, MONTHLY, WET AND SICK NURSES, 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. BY MRS ISABELLA BEETON. ENTIRELY NEW EDITION, REVISED AND CORRECTED AND GREATLY ENLARGED, CONTAINING New Coloured Plates and Numerous Full-Page and Other Engraving; SEVERAL HUNDREDS OF NEW RECEIPTS For English, French, German, Italian, American, Australian, and Indian Cookery, New Menus for Breakfasts, Luncheons, Dinners, Teas and Suppers. With much Valuable Information upon Household and Domestic Matters. FOUR HUNDRED AND SIXTY-EIGHTH THOUSAND. WARD, LOCK, AND CO. LONDON WARWICK HOUSE, SALISBURY SQUARE, E.C. NEW YORK: 31, BOND STREET. 1888.
Very thick 8vo. Paste-down and end-paper with Advertisements and on the verso. Half title. [1] Advertisements. Frontispiece folding colour plate of a Dinner Table. Title page.[1] 4p Preface to the new edition. 2p Preface to the first and second editions. (1)xii General Contents. (1)xiv-xli Analytical Index. xlii-xlvi Index to Illustrations. (1)List of Coloured Plates. (1)List of Full-Page Illustrations. 4p Advertisements. I Folding Colour Plate of a Supper Table. (1)2-1644. 42p Advertisements and on the back paste-down. Original Dark green cloth boards and a fresh ornate gilt lettering and devices on a sympathetically re-laid 1/4 red morocco spine. With 13 full page coloured plates, (with the Fish Plate facing page 208 bound in upside down) and 68 full page illustrations, countless in-text illustrations, this copy is very good, and internally and externally, very clean.
- Ward, Lock & Tyler took over the second edition of 1869 from Samuel Beeton. They knew full well the popularity of Isabella's literary legacy. By 1890 over half a million copies of Beeton's 'The Book of Household Management' had sold with no sign of demand abating, assuring its reputation as the publishing phenomenon of the nineteenth century. From the quintessential Englishness of the early editions, this edition has grown quite universal, with added recipes for French, German, Italian, American, Australian, and Indian Cookery. Also Messrs. Tyler has been dropped from the company name and it is now the famous company 'Ward Lock'. This 1888 volume, considerably thicker than any 'Beeton' published before, is the first of the commonly called 'Big Beetons'. At nearly 3 inches thick it is 3/4 inch thicker than the 1869 edition. As with the second edition, it is also packed with advertisements. One wonders what Isabella, if she had still been alive, would have made of this very different volume from those of the 4 issues of the of the 1861 first edition that she herself had revised. Never the less, a very handsome copy of a cookery book of continuous interest and high reputation.

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Beeton.   Isabella Mary     - 1st Edition - 1st issue.
The Book of Household Management
Comprising information for the MISTRESS, HOUSEKEEPER, COOK, KITCHEN-MAID, BUTLER, FOOTMAN, COACHMAN, VALET, UPPER AND UNDER HOUSE-MAIDS, 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. BY MRS ISABELLA BEETON. "Nothing lovelier can be found in woman, than to study household good".-Milton. LONDON: S.O. BEETON, 248, STRAND, W.C. 1861.
FIRST EDITION, First issue. Thick 8vo. 2feps. Double chromo-lithographed frontispiece and elaborate title page with the Bouverie St address. Additional Title Page. [1] [iv-iv] [1] [vi-xxxix] including analytical index. [1] 2-1112. 2feps. 12 Colour plates. Original maroon half calf with maroon cloth boards and calf tips with gilt lines. Contemporary ornate gilt tooled spine relaid, with one panel used for book title. Faded gilt to page edges Overall slightly rubbed and faded but still very good. Clean internally with overall slight browning due to age. A handsome copy.
- Various editions of Beeton's cookery books are fairly numerous -- online, in auctions and in book-fairs, and the two issues of the first edition are far from rare, (although the first issue is very scarce) but they continue to maintain high prices, and are much sought after. This is accounted for by their far-reaching fame, and the fact that they are one of the most attractive cookery books ever published. Their famous double chromo-lithographed frontispiece and elaborate colourful first title page, additional second title page, the unique colour plates, dozens of page illustrations, comprehensive recipes, and chapters on all aspects of household management, are a great and true reflection of Victorian values, style and endeavor. "The Book of Household Management' was originally issued by Isabella in 24 monthly parts from 1859-61. The 24 parts, unlike the books are extremely rare. The book is a relatively small, but fat octavo, and holds a place in collectors affections that possibly other cookery books do not.

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Beeton.   Isabella Mary     - 1st Edition - 3rd issue
The Book of Household Management
Comprising information for the MISTRESS, HOUSEKEEPER, COOK, KITCHEN-MAID, BUTLER, FOOTMAN, COACHMAN, VALET, UPPER AND UNDER HOUSE-MAIDS, 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. BY MRS ISABELLA BEETON. "Nothing lovelier can be found in woman, than to study household good".-Milton. LONDON: S.O. BEETON, 248, STRAND, W.C. 1861.
FIRST EDITION, Third Issue. Thick 8vo. 1fep. [1] Title Page. [1] [iv-iv] [1] [vi-xxxix] including the Preface to the first edition, the General Contents and the Analytical Index. [1] 2-1112. p16 Advertisements. 1fep. All plates present. The plate facing p112 is from the earlier 1st or 2nd editions as the other eleven plates have a different border. The beautiful bright very elaborate gilt spine has been sometime expertly re-laid. Retaining also the original green covers. Internally OK with some light foxing to a few pages and plates.
- There is almost no difference in the text, page by page, recipe by recipe as the 1st, 2nd & 4th issues of the first editions, except for items nos. 2745 and 2751 of the Legal Memoranda of the 1st and 2nd issues which are different in the 3rd and 4th issues. The other two small differences are; 1. the plates in this issue have the same content as the other preceding two first issues but have a different floral border and are of a higher quality. 2. on page xxxix - the coloured plates, #1 - the frontispiece in not listed, but is on the 1st edition, 1st issue. Isabella and Samuel Beeton sold the 3rd and 4th issues of the first edition using the leftovers from the first two issues, but appears to have had the original plates reprinted with a different border. This also explains why there is no unique frontispieces similar to the 1st and 2nd issues.

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Beeton.   Isabella Mary     - 1st Edition - 4th issue.
The Book of Household Management
Comprising information for the MISTRESS, HOUSEKEEPER, COOK, KITCHEN-MAID, BUTLER, FOOTMAN, COACHMAN, VALET, UPPER AND UNDER HOUSE-MAIDS, 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. BY MRS ISABELLA BEETON. "Nothing lovelier can be found in woman, than to study household good".-Milton. Sixty-Fifth Thousand. LONDON: S.O. BEETON, 248, STRAND, W.C. 1864.
FIRST EDITION, Fourth Issue. Thick 8vo. 1fep. [1] Frontispiece (The plate that sits between p112-113 in the other first editions). Title Page. [1] [iv-iv] [1] [vi-xxxix] including the Preface to the first edition, the General Contents and the Analytical Index. [1] 2-1112. 1fep. Surprisingly bound in the original manner of the first edition-first issue with the original navy blue cloth with 1/4 navy blue calf. Gilt stamped on the front cover and gilt writing on the spine with original blind tooling. The spine has been sometime expertly re-laid without loss. Also the book is slightly thicker due to a thicker paper being used. Very clean internally. A nice copy of the very scarce, dated, fourth edition, usually found incomplete.
- There is almost no difference in the text, page by page, recipe by recipe in the collation of the 1st, 2nd & 3rd issues of the first editions except the Errata on p.vi is not present in this issue, but is on the preceding three issues. Another small difference is item nos. 2745 and 2751 of the Legal Memoranda of the 1st and 2nd issues are different in the 3rd and 4th issues. The other difference is the plates in this issue have the same content as the other preceding two first issues but have a different floral border and are of a higher quality. Isabella Beeton who had sound business acumen issued the 3rd and 4th editions using the leftovers from the first two issues. This explains why there is no unique frontispieces from the 1st and 2nd issues present here, but rather has the plate from p113 instead, even though the list of Coloured Plates on p.xxxix states the plate should face p.113. One assumes Isabella and Samuel ran out of plates completely, as this is the last one of the four first issues with the original plates, before publication of the new and very different ones of the revised and corrected second edition of 1869. This is a unique book and is the last edition Isabella Beeton would issue before her untimely death on February 5th, 1865.

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Blumenthal   Heston     - A signed copy.
The Big Fat Duck Cookbook
Heston Blumenthal BLOOMSBURY
FIRST EDITION. 2008. Large thick folio. 340x295mm. Paste-down and end-paper marbled. [1] 1p with Egg device and with his quite unique signature and 2 signed copies of 'Table d' Hote' menus -- See jpegs # 5 below. Frontis & Title page all one image. 4p Artwork. 8-11 Forward by Harold McGee. 2p Artwork. 2p History. [1] 17-516. 517-526 Index. 527-528 Acknowledgements. 529 Credits. [3] Rear end-paper, both sides and paste-down marbled. Fully bound in dark grey cloth with silver gilt devices on both covers and writing on the spine. All paper edges deep silver gilt. Slip case covered exactly the same as the book. With four brightly coloured page saving ribbons. Many full page colour photographs, artwork and illustrations throughout. Also comes with the original brown cardboard shipping box, which is covered in Fat Duck logo artwork. All in mint condition, as new.
- Heston Blumenthal of The Fat Duck Restaurant in Bray, Berkshire has been described as a culinary alchemist for his innovative style of cuisine. Besides being a highly accomplished chef a large part of his work entails researching the structures and molecular compounds of foods and dishes so to enable a greater understanding of taste and flavour. This original and scientific approach has teamed him with fellow chefs, scientists and psychologists throughout the world. His restaurant, The Fat Duck, opened in 1995 and was awarded its third Michelin star in January 2004. Other significant awards, among many, are; Gault Millau, 19/20 rating, January 2005; Chef of the Year Catering & Hotelkeeper Magazine, Catey Awards 2004; Good Food Guide accreditation 10/10, and best Restaurant in the UK, 2008; Second Best Restaurant In The World awarded by the Restaurant Magazines International Academy 50 Best Restaurants in the World Awards 2008; In July 2006 Blumenthal was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by The University of Reading for his dedicated research and commitment to the exploration of culinary science. Jay Rayner of The Observer. writes in 2008 about the The Big Fat Duck Cookbook --- "What Blumenthal has produced is, in truth, three books in one. At the front is the autobiography, beautifully and wittily illustrated by Dave McKean, who has reinvented the man as the fictional hero of his own narrative, all domed forehead, questing chin and razor-sharp glasses. That said, this is not some grimly narcissistic sleb memoir. If there is an anecdote here, it is because of the part it played in Blumenthal's development as a chef. Next comes the complete Fat Duck recipes, with the glossiest and filthiest of gastro-porn photography. (Who knew the whipping of a pink spiced pickling foam could look so, well, gynaecological?) These recipes are staggeringly long, involve fiendishly expensive pieces of equipment, are extraordinarily detailed and are probably, for the home cook, completely unmanageable, but that's to miss the point. As Blumenthal himself says: 'To change any part of these recipes so that they are more easily achievable would be to compromise - something this book does not do.' Even so, they are worth reading, partly because there are sub-recipes that are within reach (try the gratin of truffled macaroni), partly to appreciate the remarkable effort required to achieve the effect, and partly because it's fun to spot unlikely ingredients. Sure, there are references to substances from the industrial food world like the emulsifier lecithin and the protein 'glue' transglutaminase (oh, the things you can do to mackerel fillets with that). But there are also walk-on parts for frozen peas, mass-produced white bread and Marmite. Blumenthal is big on the flavours of our childhood, the easiest way to open the door to our memories, and he is not afraid to investigate the emotional punch of that nostalgia through his tasting menu. Finally there is the science stuff, a set of explanations so complete and detailed they've had to drop the type size to get it all in. And that, finally, is the point of this book: nothing has been left out; it is all here. It is true that a lot of enthusiastic home cooks will receive this as a gift this Christmas, pore over the pictures, read the text and never once cook from it. But a lot of professional chefs will also buy it, study and examine the text and recipes and let that shape their own cooking. Those wrong-headed, appetite-challenged killjoys who are suspicious of what Blumenthal does will regard this as an unfortunate development. As for me, I can only see it as a very good thing indeed". --- After all Jay Rayner has written this is a thoughfully constructed, original and very unusual but beautiful book, that won for Blumenthal, the Food Book of the Year Award at The Guild of Food Writers Awards, 2009. One assumes it will be a classic in future cookery book collections, if not already.

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