The Household Cyclopedia
The Household Cyclopedia of General Information,
Containing Over Ten Thousand Receipts in all the Useful and
Domestic Arts; Constituting a Complete and Practical
Description: 496 pp. 35 plates, including the frontispiece, of
quadrupeds, flowers, anatomy, military arms, etc. 22.5x14 cm.
(9x5?"), later green half-calf and cloth, spine lettered in gilt.
Second Edition.The same content as the first edition, published in
1871. In addition to recipes, this books is a catch-all on
instructions of a variety of home-making tasks such as making wine
and liquor, treating disease, painting, photography, tobacco,
book-keeping, angling, etc. OCLC Worldcat locates only 2 copies of
Publisher: T. Ellwood Zell
Date Published: 1883
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