The Housekeeper's Companion: The Household Book of Reference
BEETON, Mrs.; JAMES, A. L., M.D.
Mrs. Beeton's is the most famous English cookbook ever published. It took four years for the young housewife to compile the first edition "Book of Household Management," published in 1861. It was an immediate success. The name "Mrs. Beeton" is now a licensed brand name, signifying traditional, classic, comfortable, dependable, authoritative, historic, and British. This edition seems to be a conglomeration of Mrs. Beeton's and an American subscription medical book. It is a fascinating example of the marketing of Mrs. Beeton in Victorian times, containing information on etiquette, household hints, domestic pets, poultry, medicine, poisons and antidotes, and a medicinal table. A delightful book to delve into at any point, including the section on "outdoor etiquette:" "When meeting them in the street, always speak first to your milliner, mantua-maker, seamstress, or to any one you have been in the habit of employing." Victorian printings of Mrs. Beeton books are now quite scarce.
Publisher: Eddy Printing and Publishing House
Date Published: 1883
Place Published: Flint, Michigan
Dust Jacket: No
Jacket Condition: n/a
Details: 419,  p. 22 cm. 27 b&w illustrations throughout the text. Green decorated cloth. Waterstain on fore-edge, cover stained and some edge wear. Hinges cracked. One front endpaper torn, another has owner's signature. Some spotting, smudging and staining throughout.