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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