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"Book for Receipts" Recipe Book, 1731 (Ms2008-024)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms2008-024


  • 1731

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Book for Receipts Recipe Book must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Biographical Information

No biographical information exists on the authors of the recipe book.

Language of Materials


Acquisition Information

The Book for Receipts Recipe Book was purchased by Special Collections in 2005.

Alternative Form Available

Digital images of the cover and inner pages of Book for Receipts Recipe Book can be found here.

General Physical Description note

1 folder; 0.1 cu. ft.


Recipe book written in England in 1731. At least two authors-names unknown. Recipes focus largely on delicacies, not on staple meals, and home remedies.


The Book for Receipts is a recipe book written in England in 1731. At least two owners added to this work (the names of owners remain unknown) because the handwriting changes in the last third of text. Some recipe contributors are named, such as: Lady Westmorland, Mrs. Catherine Sanderson, Mrs. Allston, Mrs. Gilbert, and Sr. Orlando Gees. Recipes focus largely on delicacies-not on staple meals-and home remedies. Categories of recipes include: pickles and preserves, cakes, biscuits, jellies, creams, and beverages (wines). One noteworthy example of a home remedy entitled The famous American Receipt for the Rheumatism appears in the volume and, according to the author, is very famous in America; a Hundred Pounds have been given for the Receipt. Recipes also indicate the availability of foodstuff in the eighteenth century-as seen through the use of several pounds of good Jamaican Sugar.

Processing Information

The processing and description of the Book for Receipts Recipe Book took place in May 2008.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US