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English Recipe Book, 19th century

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`The Prescribers and Dispensors Assistant': collection of medical, pharmaceutical and household recipes compiled by an unknown dispensing chemist.



Physical description

75pp 1 volume, 230 x 190 mm., 75pp. (57-67 blank); original pagination 1-68 and unnumbered. Half-bound in red leather, with marbled boards; front board labelled `Receipt Book no. I'.

Acquisition note

Purchased from Pickering & Chatto, 2001.

Ownership note

Ownership inscriptions: `M. Coleman' (inside front cover); `James George Kettelle/265 Whitchapel Road/London/1848' (inside rear cover). Kettelle was apparently the first owner of the volume, which he began as a `Case Book & Journal', but there seem to be no surviving entries in his hand, several leaves on which he had presumably entered his case histories having been torn out. Little more can be discovered about Kettelle, although in another inscription by him (crossed through and partially obscured) inside the front cover, he describes himself as `an apprentice to medicine surgery etc etc etc'. Nothing is known of Coleman, although two of a handful of addresses entered at the rear of the volume (f. 75) are in the Manchester area. Jarndyce catalogue CXLIII, House & Home (Summer 2001), item 300.

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Database description transcribed from Richard Aspin and Christopher Hilton's typescript supplement to S.A.J Moorat's Catalogue of Western Manuscripts


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