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Manuscript pharmaceutical recipe book belonging to Martin Marshal of Bourn in Cambridgeshire

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10170

Scope and Contents

Manuscript in ink. Quarto; 340 pages; 145 pages of pharmaceutical recipes; 4 pages on poisons to rear and 22 pages of household recipes. Contemporary vellum binding, darkened and rubbed with age. Contains formulae for pharmaceutical recipes for a variety of pills and powders for conditions including constipation, bowel problems, stomach upsets, ear, nose and throat problems, with a tabulated index to front. Recipes in Latin. Each pages contains 2 recipes with measures in shorthand. In reverse from rear of volume is a list of poisons within the meaning of the act (5pp.) Following are household recipes for e.g. Cowslip wine, Furniture Paste, Varnish for Harness, Fish Sauce and ketchups. First front end-paper has pasted-in recipe.


  • Creation: 1848


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1 volume(s) (1 volume)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Pickering & Chatto: Bulletin 53, item 32, January 2017.

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