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Collection of medical and cookery receipts by several hands: in English.

Written by three different hands, two in formal script, the third of an illiterate type, in which the date 1647 occurs. The index is dated 1636.

Written inside the back cover 'Dorcas Gwynn est verus [sic] possessor huius libri apud proximum [sic] domum ad ejus vicinum [sic]' but this inscription does not appear to be by any of the hands found in the book.

Printed label inside the upper cover 'Townshend Heirlooms: Historical Papers'.



Physical description

1 volume 7 ll. + 86 pp. + 50 ll. 4to. 191/2 x 15 cm. Original limp vellum covers. Margins and corners frayed, some leaves have been torn out, at the beginning and end.


Acquisition note

Purchased 1917.

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).

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/234.


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