London & Glasgow: William Collins, Sons, & Co. Limited, [circa 1890].
Octavo (18 x 13 cm.), 144 pages. Advertisements to endpapers. Table of contents is actually an index. ~ Edition undetermined (Driver 93.1-93.3 records three editions with slight variations on the title page, and notes she has "not been able to determine the order of publication of these three undated editions. "Born Margaret MacKirdy in 1830, the author married John Black, a shawl manufacturer, by the early 1870s. It was after her husband's death in 1874 that Margaret Black is believed to have begun her cookery career by taking a diploma at the National Training School in London, possibly encouraged by a family friend, William Collins, of the publishing company which was to issue her several cookery books and her "Practical laundry work' of 1896. In 1878 she founded the West End School of Cookery, remaining its Principal until her death in 1903. The school amalgamated with The Glasgow School of Cookery in 1908 to become the Glasgow and West of Scotland College of Domestic Science, still in existence today as The Queen's College Glasgow" (Driver, page 110 (quoting Miller, Ellice. Century of Change, 1875-1975: One hundred years of training home economics students in Glasgow (Queen's College Glasgow, 1975)). Light soiling throughout (with heavier soiling to a few pages in the Pudding section; a few small pencil annotations. In publisher's black printed blue cloth; light wear to cloth, otherwise very good. Generally near very good. [OCLC records eight copies of this edition; Driver 93.2 (see note following 93.3)].