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Dutch rural pharmacist's manuscript recipe book, with veterinary and human medicaments

[Recipe book].
[Twente, ca. 1865]. 4to. with many added notes. Contemporary half calf. [ca. 300] pp.
€ 1,800
Anonymous manuscript recipe book (ca. 1865), by a Dutch pharmacist from the Twente region in The Netherlands. The book contains about 150 leaves filled with manuscript recipes and formulas to cure animals. For example: a cure for a sow that will not let her piglets drink, or for a cow that retains her placenta. The book also contains recipes for humans (yellow fever) and domestic recipes like making piccalilli, several types of spiced wine and a trick to keep eggs fresh for months. With many lists of ingredients with prices. Mainly written in Dutch, but also French and German. Written in multiple hands, but the main and earliest one dates from 1862. Later dates are noted throughout, as well as some printed notes pasted in that date from the early 1900's. This indicates that the book had several subsequent users. Named places are Almelo, Borne, Oldenzaal, Deventer, Zenderen, Hengelo and Rijssen, which all lie in the rural northern Twente region. This recipe book gives an insight in Dutch rural life of the nineteenth century.
Severely damaged by frequent use, spine broken. Some notes attached with candle wax. Pages frayed at the margins. Slightly soiled throughout. But the text remains in quite good condition.
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