- 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.  Title Page.  [iv-iv]  [vi-xxxix] including the Preface to the first edition, the General Contents and the Analytical Index.  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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Antiquarian categoryref number: 11066