Contents and Arrangement

"English Receipt Book", 1600s

1 item

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Containing approximately 300 detailed receipts for cooking, medicinal cures, and magic charms and formulas, in various hands. The medicinal receipts include "To kill wild fire," "The great plague water," "A gentle purge to be taken at any time without dainger. Good to free the liver from obstructions and stoping of the cause of most diseases in women..." The culinary receipts include "conserve of Cowslips," "Currant Wyne," "To make flesh jelly," etc. Charms include "A writ for a madd dogg" (9 words to be "written upon anything the dog will eat"). Each receipt is numbered and usually gives a source attribution such as "My Lady de la fountaine," "My Lady Waterman," etc. On fol. 27v there is the inscription "Hear begins my Lady Sandys her receipts." Internal evidence indicates that this could possibly be the wife of Sir Edwin Sandys (1561-1629), the Jacobean statesman, member of the Council for Virginia 1607, and Treasurer of the Virginia Company 1619-20; perhaps this is his 4th wife Catherine (b. 1563) whom he married circa 1604 and who bore him 12 children. There are references in this section to "My cousen Sam Sandys" [his 2nd cousin Samuel (d. 1651)?] (fol. 96r), to "Aunt Frances" [his father, Edwin (1519-1585) Archbishop of York's sister?] (fol. 95r, 100v), "Mary Spencer" [his daughter Mary who married Richard Spencer?], etc. All the receipts are fully indexed at the end (fols. 180v-183r).


Shelved alphabetically by author, or in some cases by title.

Collection History


No materials were separated during 2003 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Sylvia Yu and Teresa Basler in 2002-2003. Finding aid written by Sylvia Yu and Teresa Basler in 2002-2003.

Finding aid updated periodically with new accessions by Kelly Bolding, Faith Charlton, and Chloe Pfendler, 2013-2017.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

"English Receipt Book"; Robert H. Taylor Collection of English and American Literature, RTC01, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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See the double issue of The Princeton University Library Chronicle devoted in its entirety to a survey of the Taylor Collection: Robert J. Wickenheiser, "The Robert H. Taylor Collection" (Vol. XXXVIII, no. 2 and 3; Winter-Spring, 1976-77), contains 13 articles by such scholars as G. E. Bentley, James Thorpe, Mary Hyde, Charles Ryskamp, E.D.H. Johnson ("Romantic, Victorian, and Edwardian: Part Two-Manuscripts, Letters, and Drawings," pp. 212-224), H. W. Liebert, Richard M. Ludwig, John V. Fleming, Earl Miner, and Thomas P. Roche. Also, the entire Winter, 1986 issue of the Princeton University Library Chronicle focuses on the Robert H. Taylor Collection. See also: Robert H. Taylor, "Contemporary Collectors III: The Robert H. Taylor Library" in the Book Collector Vol. 3, no. 4 (Winter, 1954); "Association Copies from the Collection of Robert H. Taylor" in the Gazette of the Grolier Club [New series], (June, 1969), no. 10; and A.D. Wainwright, "Robert H. Taylor" in the Gazette of the Grolier Club [New series], (1986), no. 38.

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