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G. and E. Irving receipt book

Ms. Coll. 1050

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Irving, E.
Creator:
Irving, G.
Title:
G. and E. Irving receipt book
Date [inclusive]:
1830-1854
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 1050
Extent:
1 volume
Language:
English
Abstract:
An oblong leather-bound volume with a clasp containing recipes for cooking and domestic household use in addition to information on woodworking and other miscellanous information.
Cite as:
G. and E. Irving receipt book, 1830-1854, Ms. Coll. 1050, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Scope and Contents

This oblong leather-bound volume with a clasp closure contains recipes for cooking and domestic household use in addition to information on woodworking and other miscellaneous information. The first leaf reads "Receipts inserted in this book be tried and found to be good or otherwise well authenticated, G. & E. Irving, 1830." Some recipes and items are signed E. Irving. A portion of the book is devoted to woodworking. There are various recipes for varnishes and polishes including water varnish and French polish. A section on carpentry tools discusses inlaying and scroll work with a diagram of a bahlsaw (scroll or coping saw), illustrations of inlay patterns, and a drawing of a woodworking bench. Lists of carpentry tools, specifically, saws and planes and their uses are recorded in the volume. E. Irving includes a list of the types of wood and number of pieces employed for a geometric round table. A discussion of paper includes a list of papers with dimensions and weights, descriptions of drawing papers, and recipes for paper varnishes, and gums for pasting and labeling. There are also instructions for gilding and marbling paper. Many recipes for food and drink appear in the volume including several variations for gingerbread, a diet drink, and table beer. Three pages of the volume are dedicated to various knots for rope with detailed drawings for each knot. Several recipes have attributions. Some are cited as being copied from the Magazine of domestic economy while others list specific people. One example explains, "as used by James Bland, butler to Mrs. Newcombin of Kirkleatham Hall and now of Redcar, 1849." Two pages discuss the latitude and longitude of Carlisle, Cumberland, England, suggesting a geographic location for the volume. One leaf is laid in volume. Some items are pasted in. One half of the volume is blank.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  December 2014

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Donna Brandolisio

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Source of Acquisition

Sold by Alastor Rare Books (Lymington, England), 2014

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Drawings (visual works)
  • Manuals (instructional materials)
  • Manuscripts, English--19th century
  • Recipes
Subject(s)
  • Carpentry--Tools--19th cenutry
  • Cooking, English--19th century
  • Formulas, recipes, etc.--England--19th century
  • Paper
  • Planes (Hand tools)--19th century
  • Polishes--19th century
  • Saws--19th century
  • Varnish and varnishing--19th century
  • Woodwork--19th century

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Collection Inventory

Volume

G. and E. Irving receipt book, 1830-1854. 1 volume (+ 1 leaf).

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