London, South Kensington
28 November 2011
COOKERY. Manuscript book of recipes and remedies [England, 17th century], written in brown ink in several hands, recipes numbered 1-90 with over thirty additional recipes tipped in or loosely inserted, 90 numbered pages, 4to (198 x 150mm) (some browning, edges chipped with a few losses of text). Original vellum wrappers, ties (detached, worn). Provenance: Thomas Pratt, clerk, 1669 (records of names and payments, one dated 1659, accounts and pen-trials on both pastedowns).
An early collection of recipes, and medicinal, domestic and cosmetic receipts. The recipes include those for 'the best Saffron cakes', 'calves foote puding', 'mince pyes verie good', artichoke paste, cheese cakes, 'a cordiall water to drink at any tyme', roast tongue, salted eels and pickled oysters. Remedies for small pox, convulsions and 'Madam boyds receipt for sore eyes' are included along with instructions for preserving white roses and 'ye manner of taking ye powder', citing sources such as Sir Edward Stafford and Lady Lucas ('for sirupe of Damaske roses').
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Please note that one leaf appears to be lacking (between pages numbered 10 and 13).
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