London; Glasgow: Printed for T. Tegg & Son, 73 Cheapside; R. Griffin and Co.; Printed by Bradbury & Evans, 1839.
Duodecimo (12.3 x 7.7 cm.), 188 pages. Illustrated with an engraved frontispiece. Styled eighteenth edition on the title-page. Originally published in Boston in 1829, but the title was changed in 1832 to The American Frugal Housewife, so as not to be confused with Susannah Carter's Frugal Housewife. The omission of "American" from the title of all of these Tegg printings of this work inclines this cataloguer to believe this was just a convenient text to reprint in the UK, with no effort made to emphasize the book's American origins. The frontispiece depicts "The Frugal Housewife", cookbook in hand, directing her cook. ~ Small burn mark – not effecting text (2 cms.) – to a few early leaves. Engraved frontispiece suffers from a one cm. piece of the lower corner having adhered itself to the prior leaf. The piece is still present, with a clean break, but a tiny bit of the image has been effected. Bound in brown half-calf, handsomely titled in gilt at the spine. All edges gilt. Early ownership inscription to preliminary blank. Overall, a very attractive copy of a scarce overseas printing of this important American cookbook. [OCLC records just two copies of this "eighteenth edition"].