This occurred in 1742 when William Parks, the printer at Williamsburg, Virginia, published Eliza Smith's The Compleat Housewife: Or Accomplished Gentlewomen's Companion. This was first issued in London in 1727 and was very popular in England throughout the eighteenth century.
Marybeth Shea's insight:
Very nice essay about recipes/cookbooks in the US.
Unsurprisingly, medical charms are often found in collections of medical recipes. Health and wellbeing was a serious concern in the Middle Ages and, if a cure was questionably orthodox, well, that was alright as long as it worked. In these collections, we find charms for bleeding, toothaches, fevers, blurred vision, insomnia, wounds, childbirth, worms in the ear, and falling sickness (epilepsy)–but not for such things as back pain or swollen feet. Scholars don’t really know why medical charms are restricted to a small number of ailments, but some scholars like Lea Olsan believe it’s because there are no Biblical stories nor religious imagery that can be associated with other ailments.
Marybeth Shea's insight:
Laura Mitchell muses on the boundary between charm and recipe, using material from
Haldenby family (Cambridge) in Trinity College MS O.1.57
Thomas Fayreford, physician, in British Library Harley MS 2558
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The inventory of the goods of Humphrie Grenvile gent of the parish of St.Stephens next Launceston--- by John Corke and Thomas Rurrowe yeomen 25/08/1618.
his purse and gyrdlehis wearing appareltwo peayer of sheets and a pyllowlieone table clorth and three coverlettes2 feather bolsters, one pillowe and three litle featherbeddeone book called the Treasure of Healtheleven other bookstwo spruce chests, a large iron trunke 2 coppers and 6 little boxesone truckell beddestead and other boardeswoodeone brass pan, one brasen crocke,9cruldrs and 8 skylletsa buckett, a bole a tubb, a sleep buckett and 7 trenchersone rose water still or lymbicke and the herds of ye other stillsstillimige glasses, whoper glasses and potte of Glass and clormesdebts owing from Will Wynslade and servantsall other implements lefte unpraysed
The Remediorum Specimina ex praxi A.W., or Examples of Remedies from the practice of Abraham Wagner, is a roughly 200-page octavo manuscript in German with clinical notes and patient observations and recipes reproduced both in Latin and in the extensive pharmaceutical notation of the period. Apparently begun in 1740, it is oriented to the practical side of medical care and the dispensing physician. The manuscript provides the large and eclectic list of recipes customary for the early modern period, and includes considerable detail on their preparation. Although its intended audience is not obvious beyond his immediate circle, it is definitely not a domestic manual.
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