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J. M. Pemberton recipe book

Ms. Codex 1957

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Pemberton, J. M., active 1840-1880
Title:
J. M. Pemberton recipe book
Date [inclusive]:
1840-1892
Call Number:
Ms. Codex 1957
Extent:
1 volume (+ 7 leaves)
Language:
English
Language Note:
Volume is chiefly in English with some French words and phrases.
Abstract:
An oversize volume comprised of culinary and household recipes spanning the years from 1840 to 1892 created by J. M. Pemberton of Leeds, England.
Cite as:
Ms. Codex 1957, J. M. Pemberton recipe book, 1840-1892, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

J. M. Pemberton was probably realted to Thomas Pemberton and his son Matthew Pemberton who were soap manufacturers. They lived at a house named Gibraltar in Knoshrop, Leeds, Yorkshire, England. The family's business Gibraltar Works was active in the mid-nineteenth century.

Scope and Contents

An oversize volume with parchment covers comprised of culinary and household recipes spanning the years from 1840-1892. Most of the recipes are between the years 1844 and 1875. Inscribed on the inside back cover: J. [M.] Pemberton's book, Gibraltar, Leeds, 1844. The inside front cover and first three unnumbered pages comprise a table of contents listing the recipe and page number. "List of French and other foreign words ..." is on the next three pages. Numbered pages 1-56 comprise the recipes listed in the table of contents followed by eight leaves. The culinary recipes written in the volume are for breads, cakes, jellies, meat dishes, picklings, puddings, rice dishes, and wines. There are several cakes including ground rice, spice, and Wakefield gingerbread. Puddings include carrot, castle, scalded, and Sir Martin's. A recipe for Parkin, a Yorkshire gingerbread cake associated with Leeds. Several household recipes include cleaners, blacking, pastes, and polishes. A few medicinal and toiletry recipes include remedies for chapped hands, coughs, and inflamed eyes and mixtures for hair. A poem is written on the last leaf of the volume. Many recipes are dated with attributions such as Jane Hammond, Mrs. J. Pemberton, the Family herald, the London journal, and the Young ladies journal. Six small leaves of recipes are laid in the volume. A letter dated April 14, 1892 from M. Wilkinson to Mrs. Rhodes with a recipe for whooping cough is laid in the volume. The spine of the volume is cracked and has loose covers and leaves.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

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

Sold at auction at Addison & Sarova Auctioneers (Macon, Georgia), August 18, 2018, lot 274.

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Controlled Access Headings

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

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Collection Inventory

Volume

J. M. Pemberton recipe book, 1840-1892.

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