ANON.       - Extremely scarce to rare; one of only three copies found.
Every Family's Cookery Book
OR, PLAIN AND PRACTICAL DIRECTIONS FOR PROPERLY PREPARING, COOKING, AND SERVING-UP ALL SORTS OF PROVISIONS, COMPRISING MEATS, POULTRY, FISH, GAME. AND VEGETABLE FOOD. ALSO, Soups, Gravies, Sauces, Pies, Puddings, Pastry, Sweet Dishes, Sweetmeats, Cakes, Bread, Wines, Ale, Beer, Porter, Pickles, &c., &c., &c. DIRECTIONS OF CARVING. THE CHOOSING AND BUYING OF FISH, FLESH AND FOWL. BY AN EXPERIENCED COOK. WAKEFIELD: WILLIAM NICHOLSON AND SONS. London: S.D. EWINS &Co., 22, Paternoster Row.
FIRST EDITION. n/d circa 1850-64. 8vo 1fep replaced. Engraved frontispieces and Title page. [1] Title page. [1] 1p Introduction. [1] (1)8-405. (1)407-416 Index. 1fep. 10 plates of Carving, butcher's cuts, fish etc. Numerous engravings in-text. Engraved title pages uniformly browned. Slightly dusty throughout. With the original blind stamped and embossed dark green and blue fine cloth covers and spine with black relief and slightly faded gilt. Overall the text block is fine, albeit in a slightly used condition and with a lovely original cover.
- A cookery book with a difference! In the 'Introduction' we learn the book is the work of an Authoress. It is also very well laid out with very good plates that have obviously had more effort than usual applied to their production. The cover is very nice and unusual in its detail and presentation. Not in Bitting, Cagle, Attar, Oxford, Hazlitt. No copies in the B.L. Copac has 2 copies. One at the Guildhall Lib. London with no date, and another copy in Leeds, also with 416 pages, printed in Halifax dated 1864. This copy printed in Wakefield with same page collation, but with no date. A search of World Libraries provided no results. A probable minimum of 2 editions with this being the first. One assumes extreme scarcity to rarity.

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ANON.       - In the original state.
Domestic Cookery
1st Title page - DOMESTIC COOKERY OR FAMILY RECEIPT BOOK. BY A LADY With a small oblong illustrated Farm scene with a farmer and 2 cows. Under the farm scene is a small sentence - 'Blest are those homes with simple, plenty, crowned'. At the bottom is Derby - THOMAS RICHARDSON & SON. 2nd Title page - THE DOMESTIC COOKERY; A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR HOUSEKEEPERS: TO WHICH IS SUBJOINED, A COLLECTION OF VALUABLE RECEIPTS. BY AN EXPERIENCED COOK AND CONFECTIONER. LONDON: THOMAS RICHARDSON AND SON, 26, PATERNOSTER ROW; 9 CAPEL STREET, DUBLIN: AND DERBY.
130x85mm. 1fep. [1] Provenance on back of frontis in neat script; Mr H. Shulter. Merriot 1827. Frontis-piece with a round illustration of a lady cook holding a big jug in a typical Kitchen scene with a caption underneath – Domestic Cookery. Facing that is an elaborate title page. [1] The 2nd Title page. [1] (1)7-313. p 314-324 Contents. 1fep. No illustrations in-text but nice and clean. The original slightly stained light brown blind stamped cloth cover with Domestic Cookery in gilt on the spine. Internally, tight and bright.
- With gratitude I must thank Uta Schumacher-Voelker for clarifying the bibliographic details of this book. Until she helped me it had been very hard to get any precise information. She informs that this little book has the tendency to fool booksellers and collectors alike, because it closely resembles some of the editions of Mrs. Rundell's New System of Cookery in size and binding-style. Uta then elaborates very precisely that it is the last of four clearly distinguishable editions of the same book. The first edition is actually dated 1847 (Derby: Thomas Richardson and Son) Then follows at least three editions, all undated but with different imprints: #2. Derby: Thomas Richardson and Son, 172 Fleet St., London and 9, Capel St., Dublin [nd]. This imprint was issued before 1857, when the imprint changed to #3. Richardson & Son, 147 Strand; 9, Capel St., Dublin, where, according to records, they had their business only until 1860. #4. My imprint, here with the Paternoster Row address issued between 1861-79, but Uta estimates the date of publishing is closer to 1861 than 1879.

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Anon.       - Rare; one of the first dedicated to sweetmaking.
The True Way
OF Preserving and Candying, AND Making Several Sorts OF Sweet-Meats, According to the Best and Truest Manner, Made Publick for the Benifit of all English Ladies and Gentlewoman; especially for my Scholars. LONDON, Printed for the Author, in the Year, MDCXCV.
The second edition 1695. 12vo. 1fep. Title page. 4p The Epistle Directory. 7-154. 6p The Contents. 1fep. Full contemporary dark brown calf with gilt lines and fillets on the boards. Spine with raised bands, gilt lines with a red label and gilt lettering. Text block uniformly but lightly age browned though-out. The last page has three light brown strips from previous old sellotape. Text not affected.
- There is a surprising similarity between this anonymous work, 'The True Way' and the two books bound in one volume, “Young Cooks Monitor of 1705 and Mary Tillinghast’s “Rare and Excellent Receipts” 1678. (see page 21, item # 10960) The three books and receipts are remarkably similar with the three Title pages all proclaiming they are; "Made Publick for the Use and Benefit of my Scholars". The Epistle Directories of both books have the same similar statement addressed to her Scholars. (There is no Epistle Directory in Tillinghast's book). The 'True Way' does not have any indication of authorship, while the 'Cook's Monitor' has M.H. after the preface. This compiler suggests that Mary Tillinghast is the maiden name of the M.H. of the 'Young Cooks Monitor', and that sometime after writing/publishing her 'Excellent Receipts' in 1678, Tillinghast married and assumed her married initials of M.H. while keeping the authorship of 'The True Way' anonymous. At this point in time there is probably no way to prove this theory, but the startling similarities between the three works (bound in two volumes) are too evident to ignore. The BL holds two copies of 'The True Way', a first of 1681 and one copy of the 1695. A first edition of 1681, was sold from the John Lyle Collection at Bloomsbury Auctions, on June 2003. Lyle describes the 1st edition as 'extremely rare'. This edition not found in Vicaire, Oxford or Bitting. Wing locates copies in Leeds Brotherton, Clark Lib.in LA and NY Pub. Lib. One complete copy sold at Sotheby's in the Crahan collection at NY on Nov.18th 1986, but none recorded at auction in any other major collection. This one must also be considered rare.

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ATHENAEUS.      
Banquet des Savans, par Athenee,
Traduit, tant sur les Textes imprimes, que sur plusieurs Manuscrits, Par M. LEFEBVRE DE VILLEBRUNE. ---- Pour nous, qui ne pouvons lus consulter qu'une tres-petite des Auteurs alegues par Athenee, et qui ne tronvons que danas son livre cent particularites curieuses dont il parle, nous regardons sa compilation comme un tresor tres-precieux. BAYLE, Dict. ---- A PARIS, Chez LAMY, Libraire, quai des Augustines, no. 26. DE L'IMPRIMERIE DE MONSIEUR. M.DCC.LXXXIX. AVEC APPROBATION, ET PRIVELEDGE DU ROI. Five Volumes -- Tomes 1-4 dated 1789. Tome 5 dated 1791.
4to. TOME.1 Frontispiece. Title page. 1-504 [3] TOME.2 Half-title. Title page. 1-537 misprinted as 503 [3] TOME 3. Half-title. Title page. 1-563 [4] TOME 4. Half-title. Title page. 1-561 [4] TOME 5. Half-title. Frontispiece. first title page -- OEUVRES D' ATHENEE ou Le Banquet DES SAVANS. A PARIS, Chez LAMY, Libraire, quai des Augustines, no. 26. M.DCC.XCII. 2nd Title page. with date M.DCC.XCII. The first four title pages have the date - M.DCC.LXXXIX. [i-x] 1-562. All volumes in quarter bottle green calf with green mottled paper boards, calf corners and gilt lines. Spines have raised bands, tome number and gilt lettering. A little wear to the boards, and very clean and crisp internally. Overall a handsome and very scarce set.
- Jean Baptiste Lefebvre de Villebrune's (1732-1809) effort at the first serious translation into French of Athenaeus's Greek classic about eating habits. Athenaeus [fl.3rd century], in particular, presents the Greek and Oriental kitchens in all their aspects, and with his marvelous erudition, proves himself a Burton of Gastronomy- the most accomplished Master of Feasts that antiquity has produced. The book is a symposium held by 21 artists, writers, musicians and surgeons, discussing all things, which according to Greek custom, should adorn a banquet. The names of the most famous gastronomes and of the most celebrated cooks are recorded. The virtues and qualities of wines are the subjects of long discourses. Table ornaments and decoration are also covered -- (Ben Kinmont. Cat.2. 2000.) Kinmont also notes that Lamy published another edition of 4 volumes only, in the same year, but with vingettes. This set, although five instead of four volumes, also has the beautiful vingettes. A very desirable set. A rare recording of gastronomic history.

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Atkyns (pseud).   Arabella     - the very rare 1st edition.
The Family Magazine
Part 1. Containing Useful Directions in All the Branches of HOUSE-KEEPING and COOKERY Particularly Shewing How to Buy-in the Best of all Sorts of provisions; As Poultry-Ware, Butchers-Meat, Fish, Fruit, &c. With several Hundred Receipts in COOKERY, PASTRY, PICKLING, CONFECTIONARY, DISTILLING, BREWING, COSMETICKS, C. (a single line) PART 11. Containing A Compendious BODY of PHYSICK’ TREATING All the Diseases and Accidents INCIDENT TO MEN, WOMEN, and CHILDREN: WITH Practical Rules and Directions for the Preserving and Restoring of Health, and Prolonging Life. (a single line) In a Method intirely New and Intelligent; in which every Disease is rationally and practically considered, in its several Stages and Changes; and approved RECIPE’s inserted under every Distemper, in Alphabetical Order. Being principally the Common-place Book of a late able PHYSICIAN, by which he successfully, for many Years, regulated his Practice. (a single line) With a SUPPLEMENT, containing a great Variety of Experienced Receipts, from Two Excellent FAMILY COLLECTIONS. (a single line) Now First communicated for the Public Benefit. (a single line) To which is Added, As Explanation of such Terms of Art used in the WORK, as could not be so easily reduced to the Understanding of common Readers. ( a double line) LONDON: Printed for J. Osborn,at the Golden-Ball in Paternoster-Row. (a single line) MDCCXLI.
FIRST EDITION 1741. 8vo. 1fep. Title page, with a library stamp of St. Francis Xavier College 1847. New York, N.Y. On verso the same library stamp. iii-xiv The Preface. 2nd Title page to Part 1. [1] (1)2-123. 3p Index to the first Part. Title page to Part 11, with the same library stamp, also on the verso. [1] iii-xiv The Preface. 2nd Title page to Part 11. [1] (1)2-270. 271-315 Supplement. 316-318 Explanation of difficult words, also has the library stamp on p318. (2)321-324 Index. 1fep. There are some illustrations in the text for placing dishes on the table. Sometime rebound by Beranad Middleton in full period style speckled calf, with his signature in pencil on the lower inside back pastedown. The boards bordered with double gilt lines. Spine with raised bands and gilt lines with red label in gilt lettering and lines. Old tape repair to p13-14 of part 11. Skilful paper repair without loss to p303-304, also has the library stamp at the bottom of p304. A little age browning to first and last few leaves, but overall a very good copy.
- Arabella Atkyns was a pseudonym coined by the author who states in the preface “Being still teized [sic] for some Name, I will, tho’ not my right one, subscribe to That of Arabella Aytyns”. Oxford states on p72 that part 11, the medical section is taken from a common-place book of her brother who was a Physician. She also apologises for including treatments for maladies which a lady can hardly be expected to include. Oxford further states that the cookery section is well arranged, but the medical part is full of horrors. The treatment for appendicitis is ‘to apply a live puppy to the naked belly’ and follows up with a cataplasm of rotten apples or of ‘sheeps-dung boil’d with milk’. It is believed that Hannah Glasse borrowed much from this book for her ‘Compleat Confectioner’ circa 1760. MacLean has the 1st and cites a 2nd of 1743, 3rd of 1747, 4th of 1754. Oxford p71. Axford p143. Bitting p550. Craig p478. MacLean p49. Pennell p150.

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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 Orchart 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     - 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     - 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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