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Medical and cooking recipes, 1600 - 1699

Identifier: MS 19


ff. 1r-4v Table of contents for pages 1-161; ff. 5r-119v mdical rcipes; ff. 125v-173v recipes in varying hands; f. 174 r-v continuation of the table of contents for the remainder of article 2 from pages 162-199.


  • 1600 - 1699


1 Volumes



Custodial History

Written in England, in the first part of the 17th century. Dates in manuscript include a date on f. 140v "October xiv 1647" and at the end of the table of contents on f. 174v: "1649". The inclusion of Paracelsus and John Frye in the recipes, as well as the watermark, suggest that the manuscript was written in the first half of the seventeenth century with several later additions. A modern note accompanying the manuscript and signed by "Arthur E Leavey" states that the manuscript belonged to the Corbett family of Shropshire, England.

Other related names

  1. Corbett family, Shropshire, former owners
  2. Cheston, Emily Fox, former owner
  3. Cheston, Emily Fox, donor

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given to Bryn Mawr College Library by Emily Fox Cheston in April 1955.

Physical Description

Paper (watermarks similar to Heawood, Pot 3627).

Original limp vellum, blind-tooled, with leather straps.

296 x 195 (ca. 290 x 135) mm

20-50 lines; single vertical bounding lines full length in ink.

Written by several scribes in a variety of English secretary and book hands.

Red display script highlights the titles of the recipes in articles one, two, and four. The recipes in article three are often embellished with penwork flourishes.

Contemporary pagination.

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