Document ReferencePw V 90
TitleMS volume containing medicinal recipes; n.d. [1643-1665]
Extent196 ff
Access ConditionsAccess to the original volume is restricted for conservation reasons. A surrogate microfilm copy is available for use in our Reading Room.
Content DescriptionThis volume contains chiefly a number of 17th century manuscript 'recipes' for making medicines and remedies for a wide range of illnesses and afflictions. The suggested ingredients are varied and interesting, and not all are derived from minerals. However, there are a few recipes for culinary dishes interspersed between those of a medicinal nature.

Many recipes appear as copies of letters from various individuals, in which they offer remedies of their own.

There are also a number of instructions for curing afflictions affecting animals, notably horses.

Pencil annotation on f 1v states 'Title page and many entries in the handwriting of Thomas Farr. Some pages in that of Wm. Cavendish Duke of Newcastle'.
Title Of WorkA Booke, wherein is Contained Rare Minerall Receipts Collected at Paris from those who hath had great Experience of them.
ReprodnNoteVolumes from Pw V cannot be photographed by readers with their own camera or device, but reprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only.
Physical DescriptionSmall folio volume
Two types of French paper mixed throughout.
ff 33-36 are blank, ff 119 to 194 are also blank
Descriptive FeaturesWatermark, double: Coat of Arms, shield surmounted by large links of a chain, and surmounted by a a crown: at dexter, one and half fleur de lis; sinister divided into two quaterings with ornate designs, approx. 90 x 64 mm; Secondary watermark, Insignia, Roman cross and letters AV surmounted by a crown, approx, 75 x 67 mm (all 196 folios in this MS are made of the same type of paper which has 2 watermarks per sheet)

Italic throughout; various scripts


Deep red morocco leather with gold tooling, oblong field with corners ending in five ornamental designs; spine divided into seven blocks, gold tooled; remnants of silk ties in fore-edge of upper and lower covers; gold graphed; front and back pastedowns, 19th century marble paper; no flyleaves.
WatermarkCoat of Arms (double)
Related MaterialUniversity of Nottingham Library:
University of Nottingham Library:
Publication NoteBegley, Justin, and Benjamin Goldberg. The Medical World of Margaret Cavendish : A Critical Edition. Palgrave Macmillan, 2022. Palgrave Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Medicine. East Midlands Collection Not 468.V38 CAV

Click the links below to view related name indexes

CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA73452Farr; Thomas
NA689Cavendish; William (1593-1676); 1st Duke of Newcastle upon Tyne; cr. Viscount Mansfield 1620; Earl of Newcastle upon Tyne 1628; Marquess of Newcastle upon Tyne 1643; Duke of Newcastle upon Tyne 16651593-1676
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