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Ms. Codex 627 - The delights for ladys : to adorne there persons beautyes stillyris banquits perfumes [and] wators
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The delights for ladys [manuscript] : to adorne there persons beautyes stillyris banquits perfumes [and] wators.
[England], 1655.
Physical description:
79 leaves : paper ; 150 x 75 mm. bound to 142 x 80 mm.
Recipe book, perhaps modelled after Hugh Plat's Delightes for ladies, but this does not appear to contain copies of the recipes in Plat's book. An introductory letter is missing the first leaf, which has been cut out, this letter is signed Jose: Lovett, and the manuscript of Delights for ladys is in Lovett's hand. There is a full table of contents to the Delights for ladys (p. xi). The reverse of this book contains recipes in several hands and is signed "Mabella Powell Her Booke" on the first page. Includes both cooking and medical recipes in both sections.
Gift of Esther Bradford Aresty, 1994.
Related names:
Powell, Mabella, former owner.
Lovett, Joseph, former owner.
Cooking, English - Early works to 1800.
Traditional medicine - Formulae, receipts, prescriptions - Early works to 1800.
Form / Genre:
Manuscripts, English - 17th century.
Manuscripts, European.
Ms. codex.
Title from title page (p. vii).
Pagination: Paper, 79; [xvi], 1-75, [76-142]; contemporary pagination in ink, upper outer corners.
Script: Written in a cursive script by one hand, presumably Joseph Lovett's, with recipes added by at least three additional hands.
Binding: Contemporary leather, with two clasps missing.
Origin: Written in England, 1655 (p. vii).
Indexed / Referenced in:
Described in Theophano, Janet. Household Words: Women Write from and for the Kitchen, an exhibition of materials selected from the Esther B. Aresty Collection of Rare Books on the Culinary Arts (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, Van Pelt Library, 1996), p. 16 (No. 20).
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 627
Manuscript location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 627

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Collection: Other
Facsimile: Yes
Illuminated: No
Illustrated: No
Notated: No
Language: English
Century: 17th century
Date: 1655
Genre: Codices
Genre: Cookbooks
Genre: Manuscripts, English - 17th century
Genre: Manuscripts, European
Genre: Recipes
Subject: Cooking, English
Subject: Traditional medicine
Related names: Lovett, Joseph, former owner
Related names: Powell, Mabella, former owner
Page material: Paper