East Sussex: Southover Press, 1996. Hardcover. First published in 1861. Facsimile of the very rare first impression of the first edition with its splendid colour plates.
Samuel Beeton launched The English Woman's Domestic Magazine in 1852. Much of it was edited by his wife Isabella. The Beetons invited recipe contributions from readers that were published in the magazine and later collected into a book that became the best-known cookery book in the English language, including sections not only on cookery but also the management and duties of servants, legal affairs, medical matters and more. Every recipe that was published was tried out in Isabella's kitchen by herself, her cook and her kitchenmaid. Only the ones that worked well were included and a first criterion was that they should be truly economical, so the cost was always included at the end of each receipt, as well as how many mouths each dish would feed. Eliza Acton (Modern Cookery for Private Families, 1845) was the first cooking writer to add a list of ingredients to her recipes; Mrs. Beeton followed suit. Item #900817
4-1/2 x 7", gilt titled red paper over boards, 1112pp, alphabetical index, 48 coloured plates, black & white text illustrations throughout.
Clean, tight, bright, very fine in very good dust wrapper with 3/4" tear & related creasing top-edge, in protective mylar.