COOKERY and HOUSEHOLD OECONOMY Recipe book of Elizabeth Charnell, bearing her ownership inscription under her maiden name ("Elizabeth Willmott/ 1679") and when married ("Elizabeth Charnell/ 1690"), containing culinary and medical recipes,  1679 and later
Lot 23
COOKERY and HOUSEHOLD OECONOMY
Recipe book of Elizabeth Charnell, bearing her ownership inscription under her maiden name ("Elizabeth Willmott/ 1679") and when married ("Elizabeth Charnell/ 1690"), containing culinary and medical recipes, 1679 and later
Sold for £7,500 (US$ 11,713) inc. premium

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COOKERY and HOUSEHOLD OECONOMY
Recipe book of Elizabeth Charnell, bearing her ownership inscription under her maiden name ("Elizabeth Willmott/ 1679") and when married ("Elizabeth Charnell/ 1690"), containing culinary and medical recipes, kept by her and in several other contemporary or near-contemporary hands, and evidently kept up by successive owners in the eighteenth century, with a few from the early nineteenth added at the end; early recipes including "My mother peony Drink", "My Sister Revells Horse dunge water otherwise called surfit water", "Cozen Bales Biskit", "the diat drink my mother used, for Children that have the Rickets, or are weak", "Doc.ts Gearys Receat of syrup of Tobaco, good against all violent coughs or consumtion", "a diat drink for the Kings Evil", "To make frigury of Chickens or young Rabbitts", "To make Scotch Collops", "To boyle Chickens with Lettice", "To Make a Caraway Cake", "my sister Revels Way to Rust a shoulder of mutton in vensinne Blood", "my mothers way to make ffrycasey", "My mothers way to Rost a pike", "The Lady Hastings Receat to make Lemon Ale", "my sister Revels mince pies", etc.; the front endpaper inscribed "Lucinda Pigot/ given by Mrs Milnes/ 1807/ bound at Chester 1814"; the first leaf of the original book, above Mrs Charnell's ownership inscriptions, is inscribed "To be carefully preserved/ J.M.B. Pigot", some 400 pages, some browning, loose leaves and other usual signs of wear, early nineteenthth century half calf with marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt 'Family Receipts/ I', small 4to, 1679 and later

Footnotes

  • SEVENTEENTH CENTURY RECIPE BOOK OF A DOMESTIC GODDESS. This most attractive volume was kept, unusually, by a member of an identifiable family: the first, and it seems principal owner, Mary Charnell, née Willmott (or Wilmot) was born in 1654 at Osmaston, Derby. In 1681 she married Thomas Charnell Junior (1651-1727) of Snarestone, Leicestershire died in 1696. Her husband is recorded as endowing the local school, now the Snarestone Church of England Primary School, in 1717. A good many of Elizabeth Charnell's recipes bear attributions, as, to take just one example, in "My sister Bainbrigges searcloth, for any old or green wounds or pain in the Bones Bruises or straines": Thomas Charnell's sister Mary was married to Abraham Bracebridge of Atherstone Hall, Warwickshire, their son Samuel being MP for Tamworth and residing at Lindley Hall, Leicestershire (a particularly fine Palladian house).

    Another unusual feature are two transcripts made, in an elegant and practised cursive hand at pp. 49-52, the first headed "This is translated our of Dr Sydenham's Schedula Monitoria beginning Page 94 &c", the second "Out of the Hon.ble Robert Boyles's Book entituled considerations touching the usefulness of experimental natural Philosophy. 1663". A later owner of the book was possibly Byron's early friend J.M.B. Pigot, brother of Elizabeth Pigot of Southwell.

    By way of a taster of the less rarified contents, we give one of Mrs Charnell's recipes, namely "my Sister Revels way to make a Chicking pye". For this you should: "Season your Chickings with peper and salt and mace, so put them into your pye with half a pound of sosages. Halfe a dozen Hartychoke Bottoms laid under them, so lay one the top of them, 3 or 4 Blades of mace with slice lemon, and good store of Buter, when tis Baked put in half a pint of strong Broth, and so serve it up".

    A vellum-bound late eighteenth or early nineteenth century recipe book, belonging to the Rev Mr Clare and later to E.B. Payne in 1814 is included in the lot.
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