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Collection of 712 medical receipts, with some cookery receipts, mainly written by two hands: in English.

The most frequent hand, probably a lady's, is a neat italic: the other hand is that of an older person, who is probably the original compiler. Receipt No. 53 is headed 'To make Spirit of Roses my brother Robert Boyls [sic] way': this is written in the older hand, and is perhaps that of Katherine, afterwards Lady Ranelagh [1614-1691], who lived with her brother Robert at her house in Pall Mall from 1668 to the time of her death, exactly a week before that of Robert Boyle himself. The identity of the writer of the greater part of the entries is unknown, but it is possible that she could have been a secretary who copied out the receipts for Katherine Boyle. On the verso of the last leaf of the MS. is a note by this hand 'May the 1st 1711'. Many of the receipts have names attached, and in a number of cases these can be identified with members of the Boyle Family and their circle.



Physical description

1 volume 158 ll. 4to. 19 x 15 cm. Original calf binding worn. Some leaves are wanting at the beginning.


Acquisition note

Purchased 1922.

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/205.

Finding aids

Database description transcribed from S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973).


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