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Recipe book

Ms. Codex 1811

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Title:
Recipe book
Date:
circa 1849-1892
Call Number:
Ms. Codex 1811
Extent:
1 volume (+ 4 leaves)
Language:
English
Abstract:
Volume comprising handwritten culinary recipes, household formulas, and medicinal remedies spanning the years from circa 1849 to 1892.
Cite as:
Recipe book, circa 1849-1892, Ms. Codex 1811, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Scope and Contents

Bound volume with worn, marbled paper covers and ruled leaves comprising handwritten culinary recipes, household formulas, and medicinal remedies. Spanning the years from circa 1849 to 1892, this book was written in black ink in at least two hands, probably at Carlisle, England. Some recipes are dated with attributions. The culinary recipes included in the volume are for making biscuits, cakes, creams, desserts, savory and sweet jams and jellies, pickling, and puddings. There is a large variety of pudding recipes throughout and a few curry recipes for eggs and lentils. Some recipes are for drinks such as cooling drinks, ginger beer, ginger wine, herbal teas, and lemonade. Starting from the back and reading to the center of the volume are medicinal formulas for burns, bruises, cholera, colds, coughs, cuts, infant food, sore throats, sprains, rheumatism, and thrush. Toiletry formulas for cold cream, gargles, hair pomade, lotions, and salves are also contained in the volume. There are a few household recipes for blacking, cleaning, making asphalt, and poisoning bugs. Instructions for knitting items such as woolen shoes are in the volume. Names attributed to some recipes in the volume include Ann Maury, Ann Ruston, and Mary Wakefield. Two notes in a different hand at the bottom of one recipe are dated 1922 and 1924. Four leaves of recipes have been laid in the volume. Several leaves at the center of the volume are detached.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  August 2017

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Donna Brandolisio

Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

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Custodial History note

Label inside front cover: Sold by Thurnam, Carlisle.

Source of Acquisition

Sold by Alastor Rare Books (Lymington, England), 2017.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Codices (bound manuscripts)
  • Cookbooks
  • Manuscripts, English--19th century
  • Prescriptions
  • Recipes
Subject(s)
  • Knitting
  • Toilet preparations--19th century--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions
  • Traditional medicine--19th century--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions

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Collection Inventory

Volume

Recipe book, circa 1849-1892.

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