English Recipe Book, late 17th century

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English Recipe Book, late 17th century. Public Domain Mark. Source: Wellcome Collection.

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Collection of medical and cookery recipes, for the most part in a single hand of the later 17th century.

Various authorities are named, including Dr Burgess (f. 3), Dr Bentley (f. 5), the Earl of Kildare (f. 9v.), the Baron of Kinderton (f. 12), Dr Brookes (f. 16v.), Dr Stephens (f. 26), Dr Needham (f. 29), Dr 'Willoby' (a recipe for 'the midwife pill', f. 43), Dr Knot (f. 55), Dr Griffiths (f. 65v.), and Dr Warren (f. 71).

The principal compiler has penned an epigram on the first leaf: 'Spare not nor spend too much, bee this your care Spare but to spend, and onely spend to spare [text wanting] spends too much, may want and [text wanting] complaine [text wanting] spends best, that spares to spend againe'. Cf. MS.8575.


late 17th century

Physical description

72 ff. 1 volume: 185 x 145 mm. Some water damage to leaves. Limp vellum covers

Acquisition note

Purchased at Sotheby's sale, 19 Dec. 2000, Lot 13.

Location of duplicates

This recipe book has been digitised and images are linked to the catalogue record. In addition, a microfilm copy is held as AMS/MF/208.

Finding aids

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

Ownership note

Ownership inscription (f. 72): 'Theodosia Henshaw her Booke' [?Theodosia Henshaw, mother of Theodosia Henshaw, b. c. 1700, Middlewich, Cheshire, International Genealogical Index].


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Accession number

  • acc. 888