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Collection of cookery receipts by Martha Hodges, Robert Foster and others.

Written by various hands; including a few medical receipts, and used also as a commonplace book for religious extracts, poems, etc.

A note on the first leaf reads 'Our Great Grandmother Hodges her receipt book. She was mother to Mrs. Priaulx who was the Grandmother of Mrs. Sarah Tilley by Mrs. Howes marrying her daughter Mrs. Mary Priaulx. Her name is written by herself at the other end. She was sister of Dr. Hodges the writer of a large book of receipts'. At the 'other end' of the volume is the name 'Martha Hodges' (twice), and 'Robert Foster writ this book'. The name 'Hanna Hollcroft' is written on the leather margin of the lower cover.



Physical description

1 volume 156 ll. 4to. 171/2 × 14 cm. Original calf binding damaged: clasps wanting. The last leaf is mutilated, and some leaves have been torn out.


Note: Piece level records have been created for individual openings of this volume as part of the process of digitisation, but due to a mis-numbering there is no MS.2844/101.

Acquisition note

Purchased at Sotheby's 30/3/1927, Lot 492.

Biographical note

The 'Dr. Hodges' referred to in this inscription is possibly the famous Nathaniel Hodges [1629-1688], of Plague fame, though he is not recorded as having written any 'large book of receipts'.

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/207.

Ownership note

From the Christie-Miller Library.


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