Notes on old cookery books, compiled by John Hodgkin

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      GB 206 MS 45
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      4 items in 1 envelope, namely 2 printed pamphlets, 1 roughly tied manuscript with 114 ff., and 13 ff. fastened together In the longest manuscript ff. 75, 86-92, 113-114 are blank. It is written in a sloping hand and bears the author's autograph. Cardboard cover

Scope and Content

The main manuscript contains five chapters devoted to old cookery books of particular interest, as follows: (1) ff.4-16: Ann Wallis: 1673; (2) ff.17-37: Mrs Windham: 1710; (3) ff. 38-60: Captain Thomas Pownall's Book: 1688, and The Lincolnshire Housewife's; (4) ff.61-74: Sr Walter Ralegh's Book of Receipts; (5) ff.76-112: George Noble: Physical Receipts (-Astrological Notes). At the end are inserted 13 loose sheets headed: "Notes from Christian astrology, modestly treated of in three William Lilly...1647", dated 9.i.26. The contents of the manuscript were afterwards issued as the introductory part of John Hodgkin's Cookery: a description of the collection of books from the 15th to the 19th centuries ... together with the collector's collations, notes and an introduction on some old and quaint receipt books, 1934. The two printed pamphlets kept with the manuscript are firstly a prospectus for this book, and secondly A catalogue of cookery books from the collection of J.E. Hodgkin ... (1931?).

Administrative / Biographical History

John Hodgkin was a bibliographer and collector of cookery books. Some of his books and papers were acquired by Blanche Leigh, who subsequently donated her cookery collection to the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds

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The gift of Mrs Leigh, 1939


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Custodial History

The Blanche Leigh Collection of Cookery Books