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Emma Higgins Samson recipe book

Ms. Codex 1983

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Samson, Emma Higgins, active 1820-1840
Title:
Emma Higgins Samson recipe book
Date [inclusive]:
1821-1841
Call Number:
Ms. Codex 1983
Extent:
1 volume
Language:
English
Abstract:
A volume comprised of handwritten culinary, medicinal, and household recipes by Emma Higgins Samson. The recipes were written from the years spanning 1821 to 1841 probably in England
Cite as:
Emma Higgins Samson recipe book,1821-1841, Ms. Codex 1983, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Scope and Contents

A leather-bound volume comprised of handwritten culinary, medicinal, and household recipes by Emma Higgins Samson. The recipes were written from the years spanning 1821 to 1841 probably in England. Culinary recipes include cakes, catsups, custards, jellies, meat dishes, picklings, puddings, fish dishes, fruit, meat dishes, and wines. Highlights include cucumber, mushroom and walnut catsups; fried oysters and sole; bread and butter pudding; drop cakes, cheesecakes, and ginger cakes; meatballs; flummery; and syllabub. Several recipes for making wine are throughout the volume. Wines include: black currant, cowslip, damson, elder flower, gooseberry madeira, and strawberry. A few beer recipes are in the volume. Medicinal remedies for ailments such as back strain, burns, chilblains, coughs, influenza, jaundice, smallpox, and stomach aches are included. Some household recipes such as blacking, furniture polish, and inks appear in the volume. First page: Emma Higgins now Mrs. Samson. Last leaf: Rent book for 1821, William Foster. Covers are worn and semi-detached, spine lacking, and some pages are loose.

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Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  February 2019

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 by Ken Spelman Books (York, England), 2018.

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Controlled Access Headings

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

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Collection Inventory

Volume

Emma Higgins Samson recipe book,1821-1841, 1821-1841.

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