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Pharmaceutical recipe book

Ms. Codex 1928

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Title:
Pharmaceutical recipe book
Date:
circa 1850-1899
Call Number:
Ms. Codex 1928
Extent:
1 volume (+1 leaf)
Language:
English
Abstract:
A volume comprising pharmaceutical formulas and recipes for medicinal, hygienic, veterinary, and household purposes. The volume was probably written between 1850 to 1899 in or near London, England, possibly by a chemist or pharmacist.
Cite as:
Pharmaceutical recipe book, circa 1850-1899, Ms. Codex 1928, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Scope and Contents

A volume comprising pharmaceutical formulas and recipes for medicinal, hygienic, veterinary, and household purposes. The volume was probably written between 1850 to 1899 in or near London, England, possibly by a chemist or pharmacist. The volume contains formulas for antiseptics, balsams, castes, lotions, lozenges, mixtures, ointments, pills, powders, salts, solutions, syrups, tinctures, vinegars, and washes. The ailments and diseases for the prescriptions include chilblains, colds, coughs, digestive issues, fevers, gangrene, gonorrhea, gout, liver, rheumatism, sprains, teething, toothaches, and worms. Some formulas have been named, for instance, Dutchmans oils, Godfrey's cordial, and Kemp's mixture. Another prominent group of recipes are for toiletries including aromatics, creams, hair solutions, toothpastes, powders, lotions, oils, scents, etc. There are veterinary prescriptions to treat cows, dogs, horses, pigs, and sheep. Additionally, there are some household preparations for curry powder, diamond cement, gasogene powder, ink, plate powder, stain, and wood polish. A tabbed alphabetical index is at the beginning of the volume. A few recipes appear in the index with corresponding pages. Pages 1 to 100 are hand numbered followed by unnumbered pages. A few formulas at the end of the volume are in a different hand. There are a few names and addresses on the last leaf of the volume. One leaf comprising a list of items is laid in the volume. The volume is lacking covers and spine. The gatherings are loose with several pages detached.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  June 2018

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Donna Brandolisio

Access Restrictions

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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

Alastor Rare Books (Lymington, England), 2018, cat. 31, no. 7

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Codices (bound manuscripts)
  • Finding tabs
  • Formularies (Medicine)
  • Manuscripts, English--19th century
  • Prescriptions
Subject(s)
  • Medicine--19th century--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions
  • Pharmacy--19th century--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions
  • Toilet preparations--19th century--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions
  • Veterinary prescriptions--19th century--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions

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Collection Inventory

Volume

Pharmaceutical recipe book, circa 1850-1899.

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