The Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Beeton was first published in 24 monthly parts 1859-61 and as a bound edition later in 1861. Isabella Beeton died in childbirth in 1865 at the age of 28. Sam Beeton, Isabella's husband, himself ill, wrung with grief, and in financial trouble, had to sell the copyright in 1867. A second edition, with some input from Sam, was published in 1869. There have been a great many subsequent editions, departing more and more from the original.
This Ex-classics edition is a HTML version of the first edition. The text has been taken from the University of Adelaide E-text version prepared by Steve Thomas. All praise to them for making their version freely available. The illustrations are from a facsimile of the first edition published by Jonathan Cape in 1968.