MEDICINE | Manuscript medical and culinary recipe book, 17th centuy
MANUSCRIPT CONTAINING MEDICAL AND CULINARY RECIPES
c.245 entries in several hands, the culinary recipes including preserves, jams, cakes, puddings, meat and fish dishes, pottage, and possets; the medical prescriptions covering a wide range of disorders including "To Purge a Child after the Smal: Pox or Measles", "Snail Water for Consumption Jaundice Collick &c", "Sympatheticall Powder Orient" (which heals wounds and cures toothache), "For the Plague or Pestilence", Lady Warwick's "Black Salve", "A Purge per Sir Theo: Majarne [ie. Theodore de Mayerne]", "A Drink to Cleanse the Blood", several prescriptions relating to consumption, and a number of cosmetic recipes ("A Wash beauty which its said a Lady used til 80 years of age & preserved her skin to look like a girle of 15"); the earliest entries in an attractive late-17th century hand with engrossed titles, also wih cross-references, then with later additions probably through to the early 19th century, foliated, 130 pages, plus blanks, 8vo, late 17th-century stiff green vellum gilt frame and floral cornerpieces, fore-edge flap and clasp, edges gilt, binding worn, some light spotting and soiling
"To strengthen a Weak Body after an ague or other long sicknes Called the Goulden Secret
Take a large Cock pulled Quick opened hot, take out the Guts clean the Gizard take the gall of the liver put them with 7 gold Rings & 7 p[iece]s broad gould [...] put them in a Bell mettle pott then set yt in an Iron pott halfe full of water set it in a good fire let it boyle 2 hours when you take it off theres some liquor in the mettle pott witch save carefully & give the patient a Spoonfull or 2 at a tyme its an Excellent Cordiall restores & strengthenes nature causeth Rest &c - the Rings & Gold not the worse..."
A fine manuscript recipe book, including a good range of carefully cross-referenced medical receipts.
Inscription on front free endpaper dated 1693 with initials "PD"; "Mary Slater died May 6th 1771"; (written from the reverse) records of marriages and deaths of the Wright family of Earl Shilton, Leicestershire, 1808-1827
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