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William George Tryon pharmaceutical recipe book

Ms. Codex 1943

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Tryon, William George, 1817-1873
Title:
William George Tryon pharmaceutical recipe book
Date:
circa 1841-1860
Call Number:
Ms. Codex 1943
Extent:
1 volume
Language:
English
Abstract:
A volume comprising formulas and recipes written by English chemist and druggist William George Tryon spanning the years between 1841 to 1860. The formulas in the volume were used for medicinal, hygienic, and household purposes.
Cite as:
William George Tryon pharmaceutical recipe book, circa 1841-1860, Ms. Codex 1943, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

Tryon was a chemist and druggist in Landport, a district of Portsea Island, Hampshire, England. He joined the pharmaceutical society in 1841. Tyron married Emily Ann Evans in 1846 and couple had five children.

Scope and Contents

A volume covered with marbled paper comprising formulas and recipes written by English chemist and druggist William George Tryon spanning the years between 1841 to 1860. The formulas in the volume were used for medicinal, hygienic, and household purposes. Additionally, the volume has a section of culinary recipes. There are medicinal formulas for balms, cordials, creams, drops, essences, extracts, liniments, lozenges, mixtures, ointments, pills, powders, salts, salves, tinctures, unguents, and washes providing remedies for various ailments and diseases. Some ailments include blisters, cholera, coughs, corns, digestion, diphtheria, ear aches, eye ailments, fevers, gonorrhea, gout, headaches, rheumatism, scurvy, spasms, and sprains. Recipes for Lady Crespigny's pills, Crutch's lozenges, and Godfrey's cordial appear in the volume. There are preparations for toiletries including cold creams, colognes, hair washes, pomades, soaps, and toothpastes. Some household recipes include blacking, cements, chalk, dyes, gunpowder, inks, pastes, poisons for pests, polishes, stains, varnishes, turpentines, and waxes. A couple of formulas are named for the chemist such as Tyron's shaving paste and Tyron's cement. A section of culinary recipes is preceded by an alphabetical index. Recipes include cakes, jellies, preserves, puddings, sauces and soups. Pharmaceutical formulas are on hand-numbered 1-179 followed by 3 blanks. An index for culinary recipes is followed by pages 1-43. An alphabetical index for the formulas is at the end of the volume. W. G. Tyron's signature is on the first endpaper. Also written in a different hand on the first endpaper: 1908 Landport May 3rd. A diagram for electrotype apparatus is on page 110. One clipping with recipes is pasted in the volume.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

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

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Donna Brandolisio

Access Restrictions

This codex 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 C. E. Brannlund (Etsy), 2018.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Codices (bound manuscripts)
  • Formularies (Medicine)
  • Manuscripts, English--19th century
  • Prescriptions
  • Recipes
Subject(s)
  • Cooking, English--19th century
  • Formulas, recipes, etc.--England--19th century
  • Medicine--19th century--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions
  • Pharmacy--England--19th century
  • Toilet preparations--19th century--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions

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Collection Inventory

Volume

William George Tryon pharmaceutical recipe book, circa 1841-1860.

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