Item #10345 Mrs Beeton's Book Household Management. Isabella Beeton.
Mrs Beeton's Book Household Management
Mrs Beeton's Book Household Management

Mrs Beeton's Book Household Management

London, Ward Lock & Co, 1912.
Second-hand hardcover

Beeton, Isabella. Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management. (New Edition) Ward Lock & Co: London, 1912. 8vo (215x140mm) qtr bnd gilt dec morocco, green cloth bds viii,2040,16pp. VG/- lightly soiled, bds & edges lightly worn, lacks plate at p.1344.



BEETON, Isabella [ Mrs Isabella Mary née Mayson (1836-1865)]

Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management. A guide to cookery in all branches: daily duties, mistress & servant, hostess & guest, marketing, trussing & carving, menu making, home doctor, sick nursing, the nursery, home lawyer. New edition revised, enlarged, brought up to date and fully illustrated.

London, Melbourne and Toronto : Ward Lock & Co., Limited 1912. New Edition. Printed by Butler & Tanner, The Selwood Printing Works, Frome and London.

Octavo (215x140mm) original publisher's quarter bound red morocco, blind-tooled, art-nouveau gilt decorated spine, green cloth boards, cream paper, viii,2040,16pp; 31 out-of-text chromolithographic plates, 128 out-of-text monochrome lithographic plates.  Spine head and tail lightly worn and scuffed, edges rubbed, some loss to the bottom edge, old damp stain to bottom corner; boards lightly soiled and edges lightly worn; owner name in ink to half-title; lacks plate 25 "Invalid Cookery" at p.1344 (as bound and as seems to be common); occasional light offset & age-toning; occasional faint foxing and soiling and a few small signs of kitchen use; rear hinge starting. The advertisements are printed in green and red and advertise London businesses.


Isabella Beeton was a British journalist, writer and editor.  In 1856, at the age of 21, having been educated in England and abroad, she married the upcoming publisher Samuel O Beeton who had made his initial fortune publishing Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin.  She began her career as a writer making contributions to The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine, a successful middle-class magazine and then various cookery columns in magazines and serials published by her husband.  Her major work,  The Book of Household Management was an amalgam of contributions from readers, extensive cribbing from significant authors such as Acton, Glasse, Raffald and many others and her own content.   Beeton's particular skill was as an editor, particularly in her plain and clear writing, helpful general instructions and the clear ordering of instructions.  Issued in parts between 1859 and 1861, the serial and then the book were extremely successful.  Beeton passed away in 1869 before completing a revised second edition.   The publishing rights were sold by her husband to Ward, Lock & Co shortly thereafter and a version has been in print ever since. 


A major revision of The Book of Household Management was undertaken in 1906 by Charles Herman Senn, the most prolific cookery writer of his time.  The original recipes were "carefully re-tested and prices and details altered wherever necessary.  More than two thousand new recipes are given, contributed by Mr C Herman Senn".  Classically trained, Senn worked under Francatelli at the Reform Club in London.   He became involved in various culinary and catering trade associations, editing various magazines and year books.   In 1892, he was appointed the consulting chef to the National Training School for Cookery.   Over his long career, he published well over one hundred titles. 

With each extension of the British Empire, each new appliance or energy source, and new ingredient, the book was enhanced, extended, and expanded with new editions being released regularly.   From the 1880s onwards, chapter LVI was on Australian Cookery and includes recipes for snapper, flathead, kangaroo-tail, wallaby, parrot, chokos and granadillas (passionfruit).  This edition was the largest edition of The Book of Household Management ever published and represents the high point of British Edwardian cookery prior to World War I.

A lovely solid original copy of the benchmark cookery book for the Edwardian age.

§  OCLC records only 9 holdings this edition; although there are many listings for various editions of The Book of Household Management.
§  Generally not in Driver on the basis that its origins were outside the scope of the Bibliography; Cagle and Bitting refer to earlier editions but not the Edwardian revised edition.

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