London. Ward, Lock & Co., 1909.
30 chromolithograph plates, numerous black and white full page illustrations, viii + 2056 pages + 12 sheets of advertisements at back and 2 at front, 7 7/8 x 5 1/2 inches, cloth-covered boards with decorative embossed spine. Spine split from head almost to tail, extremities of covers bumped and worn. First 4 sheets partially detached, large tears to pages 2051-2056, plus one 4 inch tear to half of a color plate (Dining Table, a la Russe); interior otherwise in very good condition, clean and bright. From the preface: "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in his great study of married life, entitled 'A Duet, with an occasional Chorus,' makes his heroine say - 'Mrs. Beeton must have been the finest housekeeper in the world. Therefore, Mr. Beeton must have been the happiest and most comfortable man'; and his hero concludes, that 'this book has more wisdom to the square inch than any work of man' - a wonderful testimonial when one remembers that the last edition thus praised contains more than 80,000 square inches of closely packed information." Item #55235