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English Recipe Book, early 19th century

c. 1812-c. 1840
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Collection of medical and household recipes, largely in a single hand.

Medical authorities include Dr Grant (f. 9), Dr Darwin [perhaps Francis Sacheverell Darwin MD, 1786-1859] (f. 9), Dr Ashe (ff. 10, 11), Dr Withering [probably William Withering MD, 1741-1799] (f. 10v.), Dr Parry, Bath [Caleb Hillier Parry MD, 1755-1822] (f. 11v.), Dr Kerr (f. 12v.), Dr Skey [probably Joseph Skey, c. 1773-1866] (ff. 13, 31, 44v.), Sir Charles Blicke [1745-1815, surgeon] (f. 13v.), Sir John Pringle [1707-1782] (f. 20), Dr Fothergill (f. 20v.), Sir W[alter] Farquhar [MD, 1738-1819] (ff. 22, 27, 39), Dr Reece [perhaps Richard Reece MRCS, 1775-1831] (f. 24), Dr John Johnstone [MD, c. 1768-1836] (f. 26), Sir Henry Halford [1766-1844] (f. 28), Dr Hooper (f. 34), Dr Johnson (f. 35v.), Dr Blakiston (f. 36v.), Dr Shomberg (f. 38), Dr Baillie [Matthew Baillie, 1761-1823] (ff. 41, 42v.), Dr Hind, Leeds (f. 41), Dr Chambers (f. 41), Dr Warren (f. 42), Dr Symes (f. 42v.), Dr Cropley (f. 44), Dr Forster (f. 46v.), and Dr Cameron (f. 47). Other authorities include Sir Charles Hawkins (f. 20v.), Sir Charles Wheeler (f. 24v.), 'Hodgkinson, chymist, Holborn Bridge' [London] (f. 30), Mr Blatch, Sidmouth (f. 40v.), Lady Tuite (f. 46), Mrs Bingham, Derby (ff. 48, 50), Lady Isabella King (f. 50), and Mrs Cope, Cambridge (f. 51v.).


c. 1812-c. 1840

Physical description

53 ff. original pagination 1-65, 65-74, 73-76, 78-97, and unnumbered. 1 volume: 230 x 185 mm., Paper watermarked 1812. Marbled boards, backed in green leather. Contemporary papers covers (worn); front cover inscribed `Rev Geo A Skinner' [possibly the Revd George Alexander Skinner, 1838-1913). One of the loose recipes is addressed to a Mr Skinner.

Acquisition note

Purchased from John Drury Rare Books, 2000.

Finding aids

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

Location of duplicates

A digitised copy is held by the Wellcome Library as part of The Recipe books digitisation project. Microfilm reference: AMS/MF/208.


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