Collection of handwritten recipes for cleaning and polishing - a Butler's Book

Scope and Content

This collection is a compendium of recipes, medicines and preparations, with a hand-made thumb index at the start of the volume. The recipes include a mixture for bookbinder's varnish and ingredients for constipation pills. The medical remedies are given dates in 1898. The notebook has not been completed.

The notebook has an index of 105 pages, then a further 575 pages. The recipes and remedies include these:

  • - reviving leather - p.1 or p.107
  • - bookbinder's varnish - p.3 or p.109
  • - gold varnish - p.6 or p.112
  • - brass, caring for - pp.12-16 or pp.118-122
  • - constipation pills - p.52 or p.158
  • - chilblains - p.55 or p.161

Administrative / Biographical History

This bound manuscript volume containing recipes and remedies is a curious survival. It is a lined notebook which has been turned into a compendium of recipes, medicines and preparations, and include a useful reference to getting 'Flower of Yarrow' from Napier's Dispensary on Bristo Place, Edinburgh - suggesting that this was produced in the city.

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Acquisition Information

Acquired through purchase, May 2009. Accession no: E2009.22


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using information contained in the collection.

Other Finding Aids

None created for this collection.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Graeme D. Eddie, Special Collections, Edinburgh University Library.