[COOKBOOK-MANUSCRIPT] A compilation of manuscript recipes and medical cures in a wide variety of hands.
England: late seventeenth-19th century, written in ink, a few recipes possibly later still, and one or two pages with pencil notes almost certainly modern. Full laced vellum. 7 1/2 x 6 inches (18.75 x 15 cm); approximately 110 leaves. Binding soiled and rather worn, internally well handled, evidence of some excised leaves.
An unusual work, evidently handed down from one housekeeper to another over some considerable span of time (the earliest hands are almost certainly seventeenth century, and the latest substantive additions are perhaps early 19th century). Medical simples (some for very serious conditions) alternate with delicious receipts for wines, jellies, fruit confections, Westphalian hams and the like, in about equal proportion. This is a fascinating manuscript, remarkable for the continuity of usage evidenced in its pages.
C The Collection of Jay I. Kislak sold to benefit the Kislak Family Foundation
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