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Ms. Codex 1601 - [Recipe book]
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[Recipe book] [manuscript].
[England, ca. 1600-1825]
Physical description:
86 leaves : paper ; 191 x 140 mm. bound to 193 x 155 mm.
Recipes copied in the first half of the 17th century, with a table of contents keyed to the numbers of the recipes, which are numbered 1-79. The table of contents is divided into sections titled For Boil'd meats, For stewed Meats, To make Pasts (pastries), Roast Meats, Fryed Meats, Sauced Meats, To Make Tarts, and Milk Meats (including puddings). The recipes in this early group are closely related to the recipes of Elizabeth Grey, Countess of Kent, published in 1653 and 1687, but use earlier orthography than the published versions. To this early section of the manuscript (f. 3-48, rectos only), a few recipes for perfumes and cures (including for consumption, sore eyes, and heartburn) have been added by later hands on blank versos or in lower margins. Later hands (17th- to early 19th-century) continued to add recipes, primarily medicinal (f. 49-63), including cures for scurvy (attributed to Doctor Short), jaundice and toothache. The occasional culinary recipes include instructions for preserving lemons, making elder vinegar and cherry brandy, and pickling cucumbers. Later hands also entered recipes from the end with the volume turned upside down (f. 64-86). The first page at the end (f. 86v) is a table of contents that does not correspond to the recipes in the manuscript. It is followed by medicinal recipes (including for worms, bleeding, eye complaints, burns, coughs, another cure for scurvy attributed to Dr. Short, and purgatives) and a few culinary recipes.
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Foliation: Paper, ii + 86; [1-86]; modern foliation in pencil, lower right recto.
Script: Written in a secretary hand (f. 1-48) and later cursive hands (f. 49-86).
Watermark: Crowned and footed orb containing the letters EM.
Binding: Contemporary parchment, with two sets of ties.
Origin: Written in England in the first half of the 17th century (f. 1-48), with additions from the 17th through early 19th centuries (f. 49-86).
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 1601
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 1601
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