The Book of Household ManagementBEETON, Mrs Isabella
London: S.O.Beeton. 1861.
1st edition, second impression. Small 8vo. 195x130mm. 1112pp, coloured title and all plates and figures present as called for. Colour still bright with only light spotting throughout. Text block tight and strong, edges toned as is usual. Gift inscription to prelims: "Presented to Hannah Jones by Miss Syddall (?), October 1862" with Hannah Jones' own ink signature to title page. REBOUND (date unknown) in maroon quarter calf over green cloth with bright gilt-stamped titles and publication date to spine with marbled endpapers. Boards lightly bumped at outside corners with a 1" scuff 3/4 of the way down the backstrip. Very good, near fine
This is the second impression of the first edition. It was published in The Strand (rather than Bouverie Street) and lacks the image on the frontispiece. However, this is still a scarce volume from the same year as the first edition. It is also (given that this was a book designed for use) a nice fresh, crisp very early copy of this most famous of English cookery books.