London: E. & F.N. Spon, 1887. First Edition. Half Bound Leather. [HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT] [COOKERY]. First edition. Octavo; vii [i], 988pp; half-bound in maroon leather with pebbled cloth, gilt stamped title to spine; blue endpapers; black and white illustrations; light shelf wear to boards; light age toning of paper; very good plus. Very good +. Item #1196
This is the type of book that Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Patmore would have used in running Downton Abbey! An exhaustive guide to practical household management. Chapters include information on everything from selecting a house, its sanitation and ventilation and decoration, to protection against thieves and fire. Recipes for meals, instructions on housekeeping and marketing, cleaning and maintenance of the home, clothing, animals, the garden and the library. Also, a chapter on Household Law which covers landlords, tenants, servants, insurance, and staff.