Antique Recipe Book

I’ve just seen this book listed in an auction catalogue. I could get mildly obsessed by old recipe books – and more particularly by the frequency of Mad Dogg bites in the 17th Century. And green wounds.

“Manuscript receipt book. A late 17th century manuscript containing medical and culinary receipts, in more than one hand, containing 49pp. medical remedies, with 4pp. index (first leaf with tape repair at gutter obscuring some of ms.), and 8pp. recipes, one or two dated 1691, remainder of vol. filled with sermons and religious writings (approx. 230pp.), stitching broken and some leaves detached (some minor fraying), front free endpaper with early ms. names and ink trials, orig. blind-panelled calf, rubbed and worn, with covers detached, sm. 4to. With recipes such as: How to make Almond Knots; To make fruit Bisket; To make a Coller of Boif; To make the ffrench Barly Creame; To make a Sack posset, and medical receipts such as: To make an oyntment for the Rickets; ffor deafness; To make the Pheasant water for a Consumption; To make the Plague water; A medicom to hinder a woman from miscaring; To bring a way the after burden or a dead childe; An admirable oyl for green wounds never so great, made with little cost; To cure those that are bitten with a mad Dogg; To make the Red water good for meazells or small pox. (1)”

It is coming up at Dominic Winter Book Auctions on 10 November – can I resist?

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