London: S.O. Beeton, 248 Strand, W.C. (Ten Doors from Temple Bar), 1866.
Octavo (17.4 x 11.4 cm), 208, ] pages. Illustrated throughout with engravings in the text. Index. Publisher's advertisements at rear. Stated "New Edition" of the first of Beeton's "cookery" books; first issued in this extract form by S.O. Beeton, Bickers & Bush, in 1863. This edition bears a preface from the author, dated January 1865, though it makes no reference to any revision. Pagination is the same as the 1863 and 1865 printings, but lacking the four-page Christmas supplement on pink paper found in the first. The 1865 issue was the first to bear the label "New Edition" and the first with the preface. The author died on February 6th, 1865, and the new preface is considered her last statement for publication. This 1866 issue was the last under the S.O.Beeton imprint; in 1867, the book was issued with the Ward, Lock imprint. The book was published through the 1880s, and again through the 1990s as Mrs. Beeton's Cookery Book and Household Guide, and then the shorter Mrs. Beeton's Cookery Book. There are numerous engravings of both food and cooking utensils in the text. In original publisher's orange cloth-covered limp boards, lacking the endpapers and with hinges reinforced. Text block and binding soiled. Good only. Very scarce. [OCLC locates no copy with this date (and just one copy of the 1863 and two of the 1865 printings); not in Bitting nor Cagle].