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Receipt book

Ms. Codex 1848

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Summary Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Sandford, Mark, 1803-1860
Sandford, Mark, 1835-1920, Jr.
Receipt book
Date [inclusive]:
Call Number:
Ms. Codex 1848
1 volume
An oversize volume comprising a compilation of veterinary, medicinal, household, and culinary recipes spanning the years 1831 to 1879 and over two generations of the Sandford family.
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Sandford, Mark, Receipt book, Ms. Codex 1848, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Born in Folkestone, Kent, England. Mark Sandford senior became a farmer in Martins, East Langdon, Kent, and a member of the English Agricultural Society. In 1834 he married Susannah Hart (1804-1875) in Dover and they had three children: Mark Sandford, Junior, Henry, and Elizabeth Hart. Sandford, Jr. attended Cliffe House Academy and became a farmer and hop grower in Martins, East Langdon. Sandford, Jr. later became an insurance agent selling policies in fire and life. He married Harriet Denne in 1870 and the couple had two daughters, Florence Mary and Maruguerite Harriet.

Scope and Contents

This vellum-bound volume is a compilation of veterinary, medicinal, household, and culinary recipes spanning the years 1831 to 1879 over two generations of the Sandford family. "Receipt book" appears on the front cover, the spine, and title page in decorative lettering. "Mark Sandford, Jr., Martin Farm, Dover" is inscribed on the inside front cover. Following the title page is an alphabetical index to all the recipes contained in the volume. The recipes are chiefly handwritten along with some clippings pasted in throughout the volume. Veterinary diseases and remedies are prominent and comprise a significant portion of the contents. Formulas for linaments, ointments, powders and other mixtures provide remedies for diseases and injuries of cows, horses, and sheep, with a few for pigs. The recipes address a multitude of livestock ailments including eye diseases, bone maladies, epidemics, fevers, flies, foot diseases, scabs, spavin, and worms. There are few remedies for dogs including distemper and mange. Medicinal remedies for people include recipes for bee stings, dog bites, cholera, colds, coughs, hydrophobia, and rheumatism. Several recipes to destroy flies on onions and turnips, to destroy mice, rats, snails and wasps are included. There are some household recipes for blacking, hair wash, inks, polish, soap, and American whitewash. Culinary recipes for biscuits, breads, cakes, coffee, custards, preserves, soups, syrups, and wines are in the volume. One recipe for magic wine seems to be a party game. The pages in the volume are numbered 2-271. Pages 258-265, the index, are bound a the beginning of the volume. A majority of the recipes collected in the volume have attributions from encyclopedias, farriers, individuals, journals, magazines, and newspapers. The volume is in at least two hands.

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

This codes is available 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 Bernard Quaritch, Ltd. (London, England), 2017.

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Controlled Access Headings

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Codices (bound manuscripts)
  • Manuscripts, English--19th century
  • Prescriptions
  • Recipes
  • Cooking, English--19th century
  • Livestock--Diseases
  • Traditional medicine--19th century--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions
  • Veterinary medicine--19th century--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions

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General note

Broadside pasted on inside back cover: What to do in cases of poisoning and of accidents, by professor Orfila of Paris, translated by James Rennie, with numerous additions to the original, circa 1840?

Collection Inventory


Receipt book, 1831-1879.