348 pp. continuously paginated volume housing what is likely a complete run of all 22 published issues of the English journal targeted at the 19th-century homemaker, covering such varied topics as cookery, household pets, beekeeping, butter-making, meat carving, the feeding of invalids and babies, dancing, domestic economy, gardening, home decor, Jewish and vegetarian cookery, needlework, and money-making for women, with many recipes, together with "fireside novelettes", puzzle pages, and relevant advertisements. Illustrated throughout . Some scattered foxing and mild toning, spine shaken and separating a bit at front of volume. 4to. Embossed boards, some mild abrasions, soiling, and wear, small amount of chipping to spine. London (George Purkess) 1887.
The nineteenth century saw the rise of domestic guidebooks in the UK and America, targeted at the middle and upper class female. Titles such as "The Skillful Housewife's Book: or Complete Guide to Domestic Cookery, Taste, Comfort and Economy" and "The Housekeeper's Guide" came out during this time, to assist women in curating a happy, healthy, well-fed, and well-decorated home and family. The Cook and the Housekeeper fits seamlessly in with other similar publications and guidebooks of the time. Incredibly scarce; as of January 2019, WorldCat does not locate a single holding in a North American institution. Book ID: 49011