Melbourne: George Robertson, 1899. Third edition. Hardcover. An early specifically Australian cook book first published in Townsville, with the signatures of two early owners. They are S. Lawson Burke, in pencil, and H. MacMahon, in ink and who added a number of hand written recipes both in the text margins and in the Memoranda pages, that were set aside for such. The additions do not detract from the clean nature of the pages. If anything adding to the delight of the works.
The pagination is not printed in the book but reads as follows: (27pp) advertisements inclusive of endpapers, mostly for Townsville North Queensland companies, (an obvious hold over from the earlier editions) (4pp) title and contents, (327pp) text, comprising the recipes, menus, household hints etc, (15pp) index, (14pp) Memoranda, (14pp) advertisements inclusive of endpapers. 8vo, bound in publishers red/brown gilt buckram faded by the sun on the spine, rubbed at extremities; text block holding. See Ferguson 12090 and Hoyle 787 1.3. Good -. Item #3238