This is a rather quirky book of practical information for just about everything from cooking to medicine. It has a copyright date of 1902 and was published by Thompson & Thomas. It has 601 pages. It has a decorative stamped binding that depicts a mother sitting by her sick child's bed. A copy of this very book is propped up on a table next to the bed. It is in very good condition for its age. The binding is a little loose in some places but the spine and hinges are great. The top and bottom of the spine have slight wear. I don't see any foxing, water stains, missing or torn pages. Really a nice copy!