Detail View: LUNA: Folger Digital Image Collection: Receipt book of Margaret Baker [manuscript]

Digital Image File Name: 
122091
Source Call Number: 
V.a.619
Source Creator: 
Baker, Margaret, 17th century.
Source Title: 
Receipt book of Margaret Baker [manuscript]
Source Created or Published: 
ca. 1675?
Physical Description: 
folio 101 verso || folio 102 recto
Digital Image Type: 
FSL collection
HAMNET CATALOG RECORD: 
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Creator (Hamnet): 
Baker, Margaret, 17th century.
Title (Hamnet): 
Receipt book of Margaret Baker [manuscript] ca. 1675?
Physical Description (Hamnet): 
1 v. (ii, 137 leaves) ; 20 x 16 cm.
Subject (Hamnet): 
Medicine - Formulae, receipts, prescriptions - Early works to 1800 - Manuscripts.
Subject (Hamnet): 
Cooking - Early works to 1800 - Manuscripts.
Subject (Hamnet): 
Cookbooks - 17th century - Manuscripts.
Subject (Hamnet): 
Medical formularies - 17th century - Manuscripts.
Subject (Hamnet): 
Manuscripts - 17th century.
Subject (Hamnet): 
Ties (Binding) - 17th century.
Notes (Hamnet): 
Several remedies are listed with attributions ("Mrs. Denis," "Mrs. Weeks," "my Lady Corbett," "my cousen Staffords," "my cousen Gooden," et al.); others closely resemble ones in Hannah Woolley's The accomplisht ladys delight in preserving, physick and cookery (1675).
Notes (Hamnet): 
The recipes on leaves 57-79 are numbered 1-112.
Notes (Hamnet): 
Two other receipt books compiled by Margaret Baker, ca. 1650, are now in the collection of the British Library (Sloane MS 2485 and Sloane MS 2486).
Notes (Hamnet): 
Foliated by cataloger.
Notes (Hamnet): 
Receipt book, containing medicinal, culinary, and household recipes. Contains a range of preparations for ointments, powders, salves, and cordials for a variety of complaints (such as "a preservative against the plague" (leaf 24r), "A medisen for one that cannot hold theyr water in there sleape" (leaf 67r), "for the canker in a womans breste" (leaf 68v), "A plaister for [th]e goutt or ache in [th]e ioynts, wher w[i]th [th]e lord Ro. Rich was cured, when all [th]e churgions thought him to be vnecuereable" (leaf 75r), several for Matthew Lucatelli's balm (leaves 1v-2v, 76, 115v) and one for "Sir Walter Rallyes pille" (leaf 17v)). A number of recipes relate to headaches, convulsions, etc. (notes and remedies for "phrensie" (leaf 22r-23r)), "It is good to comfort [th]e brayne and takes a way aney payne of the head" (leaf 37r) "for [th]e megrome & [th]e impostam of [th]e head" (leaf 64v), and "For convolchen fetts in yong Children" (leaf 102). Culinary recipes include biscuits, cakes, preparations for meats (especially sausage and including two "after [th]e Bolognia fation" (leaf 53r)), "To make ffrench fritters" (leaf 35), "To make veriuce of grapes" (leaf 94v), "To make the Anchovian spratts" (leaf 98r). Also recipes for black and red inks (leaf 100r), "To take out stayns or ink out of a linen Cloth" (leaf 38v), "To make blacke sere cloth" (leaf 54r), and significant number of cosmetic recipes (including "To take away the freckles or morfew" (leaf 38r), "To make your hands white & softe" (leaf 86r), "a water to make [th]e face red (leaf 97v), "To keepe hare from fallinge & to make it grow thicke" (leaf 110r)). Notes on measurements and alchemy at end of volume (leaves 133-134).
Notes (Hamnet): 
Acquired from Samuel Gedge, 2011.
Provenance (Hamnet): 
Ownership inscription of Margarett Baker on leaf ii.
Call Number (Hamnet): 
V.a.619