Townsville: T. Willmett & Co., Printers, 1898.
First Edition. Softcover. Good. 6.25 x 4 inches, in original rust-colored flexible cloth binding with title stamped in gilt on front cover. Cloth split over rear hinge, small stain on front cover, one ad page loose and laid in, but overall a well-preserved copy of a fragile book. Not paginated, but the recipes are numbered and total 687, followed by some "useful hints" and menus. Also includes 25 pages of local advertising. Rare first edition of this early Australian local cookbook, which includes some recipes using indigenous ingredients such as prickly pear, rosella (hibiscus), wallaby, and barramundi. Hannah Maclurcan (1860-1936) was born in New South Wales to English/Scottish parents and raised in Queensland, where her father operated hotels in Toowoomba and the Brisbane area. She followed her father into the business and was managing her own hotels in Townsville by the late 1880s. This was her first book, which she paid to have printed with type she purchased and helped to set. The first edition sold out within a few weeks, and ultimately a total of 20 editions were published in her lifetime. We located only 4 copies of the first edition in OCLC, all in Australia. Ferguson 12090.