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Medicinal recipe book

Ms. Codex 1832

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Title:
Medicinal recipe book
Date:
circa 1800-1850
Call Number:
Ms. Codex 1832
Extent:
1 volume
Language:
English
Abstract:
Brown leather volume written by an unnamed author probably in England between the years 1800 to 1850 comprising instructions for the homes of the poor, caring for the poor, and medicinal recipes.
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Scope and Contents

Brown leather volume comprising instructions for the homes of the poor, caring for the poor, and medicinal recipes. The codex was written by an unnamed author probably in England between the years 1800 to 1850. The first few leaves of the volume are dedicated to cottages and the homes of the poor. Presented are instructions to keep dampness out of the home, digging trenches, maintenance, stagnant water and weeds. Further instructions regarding the health of the poor appear under headings: wet cloaks and smoking, nursing of the sick, fevers among the poor, and rickets and food for infants. The remainder of the volume appears to be written in two hands. Medicinal recipes for a variety of ailments, some with attributions include remedies for ague, bleeding, bowel complaints, bruising, burns, cancer, consumption, coughs, dropsy, gout, indigestion, inflamed eyes, pains in the chest or back, rheumatism, sore throats, and viper bites. There are a few recipes for liniments, pills, and salves. Several of the recipes are attributed to Dr. Fowler and a few have been ascribed to Miss Way. Other attributions of note include Sir Henry Halford, Lady Pembroke, Dr. Pitcairn, and Dr. Pemberton. A quarter leaf with measurements is pasted on the inside front cover.

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Publication Information

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

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Donna Brandolisio

Access Restrictions

This codex is open for research use.

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 at auction by Forum Auctions (London, England), January 25, 1017, lot 162-1.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Codices (bound manuscripts)
  • Manuscripts, English--19th century
  • Prescriptions
  • Recipes
Subject(s)
  • Poor--Health and hygiene--England--19th century
  • Traditional medicine--19th century--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions

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Collection Inventory

Volume

Medicinal recipe book, circa 1800-1850.

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