English Recipe Book, late 17th - early 19th century

Late 17th century - early 19th century
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About this work


Collection of cookery and medical recipes, written in various hands.

The collection is arranged in two parts, the cookery receipts written from the front of the volume, the medical from the back. Among the professional medical authorities named are Dr 'Leydaa' or 'Leydeh' (ff. 62v., 73v., 75, 87v.), Dr 'Sidenham' [presumably Thomas Sydenham 1642-1689] (f. 64), Dr Thorogood [?Michael Thorogood fl. 1680-1706, surgeon of Ingatestone, Essex] (f. 69), Dr Bates (ff. 70v., 75v.), Dr Cox (ff. 72v., 83v.), Dr Danvers (ff. 73, 76), Dr Cooke (f. 82v.), Mrs Badeley 'a midwife' (f. 84v.), Dr Lower [presumably Richard Lower 1631-1691] (ff. 82v., 85v.), Dr Johnson (f. 86), and Dr Alsop (f. 86v.). There are also many prominent lay authorities, for both medical and cookery recipes, including Lady St John (ff. 10, 32, 55v.), Lady Peterborough (ff. 53, 55), Lady Rochester (ff. 69v., 77, 80v.), Lady Fleetwood (ff. 75v., 79v.), Lord 'Tenet' (ff. 76v., 82), Lady Overbury (ff. 77v., 78v., 81v.), and Lady Betison or Betsworth [presumably the same person] of Higham (ff. 83-85). A Mrs Smith of Bedford is also named on f. 71.


Late 17th century - early 19th century

Physical description

1 volume 1 volume: 227 x 175 mm. 87 ff. original pagination/foliation confused, but clearly wanting 3 leaves between ff.42 and 43, 5 between ff. 58 and 59, and 25 between ff. 60 and 61, as well as several early leaves. Vellum covered boards; front cover panel-stamped and inscribed 'liber Iudiciorum [two illegible words] hillarii anno xxxi et xxxii cap [illegible word(s)], in a formal legal hand of the 16th or 17th century; rear cover inscribed 'Book of Receipts'.

Acquisition note

Purchased from A R Heath, 2000 (acc. 886).

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

Various marks of ownership: 'Elizabeth Browne 1697' [apparently the earliest owner] (f. 1); 'Penelope Humphreys' [author of the majority of the recipes] (ff. 3, 13); 'Sarah Studman' (in pencil, f. 3); 'Mary Dawes Jan 18 1791' (rear cover).


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Accession number

  • 886