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Book of recipes for varnishes, lacquers, and dyes

Ms. Coll. 1102

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Title:
Book of recipes for varnishes, lacquers, and dyes
Date [inclusive]:
1835-1855
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 1102
Extent:
1 volume
Language:
French
Language Note:
In French.
Abstract:
A parchment bound volume spanning from 1835 to 1855 containing handwritten recipes and instructions for varnishes, lacquers, and dyes.
Cite as:
Book of Recipes for Varnishes, Lacquers, and Dyes, 1835-1855, Ms. Coll. 1102, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Scope and Contents

This volume bound in parchment with a fore-edge flap spans the years from 1835 to 1855 is by an unknown author. The book contains handwritten recipes and instructions for varnishes, lacquers, and dyes. The first leaf of the volume provides names of colors along with patterned squares, possibly indicating background fields. On the verso of this leaf is a list of plant and metallic-based ingredients. Numbered pages one to seventy-seven follow and consist of various recipes for varnishes, lacquers, and dyes with their utilization on objects. Some examples of colors are gold, silver, red, black, and white. There is a table of numerous pastel colors listed with corresponding amounts in ounces and quarts. On the next ten pages are medicinal recipes for dropsy, fevers, and indigestion. An account book at the end of the volume records by year and month amounts received and amounts paid beginning in 1835 and ending in 1855. The last six pages of the volume provides a table of contents. Edges of the paper are speckled with red and green pigment.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  November 2015

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Donna Brandolisio

Access Restrictions

This collection 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 Van de Wiele Auctions (Bruges, Belgium), 2015, lot 670.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Account books
  • Manuscripts, French--19th century
  • Prescriptions
  • Recipes
Subject(s)
  • Dyes and dyeing--19th century
  • Lacquer and lacquering--19th century
  • Traditional medicine--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions--19th century
  • Varnish and varnishing--19th century

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Collection Inventory

Volume

Book of recipes for varnishes, lacquers, and dyes, 1835-1855. 1 volume.

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