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Ancient cookery manuscript

Whitney cookery collection

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1400 - 1499 (Approximate)
Place: England
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 3318
Cooking -- England
England -- 15th century
Content: Binder's title
Bibliography: Paul Acker, "The Middle English Cooking Recipes in New York Public Library Whitney MS 1," Journal of the Early Book Society 14 (2011): 217-32
Ownership: Circular armorial bookplate of the Rev. Walter Sneyd (1809-1888). Bookseller's slip on flyleaf, with this book as n. 1017. Collection of Helen Hay Whitney (1875-1944); her bequest to NYPL in 1945
Content: Digital Scriptorium Acknowledgments: This description owes much to the kindness of Jeffery Berry
Date: Assigned Date: s. XV
Date: Dated by scribe: No
Content: Document: No
Language: Notes: Latin
Content: Text 1: ff. 1[r]-12[r]; Title: Frumenty. Cookery; Incipit: Tak clene whete and bre hit in a morter all well and sethe hit in water til hit breke; Explicit: and pouder of peper and salt and seth hit on the fuyre and boile hit al nytel and messe hit forthe.; Notes: Constance B. Hieatt and Sharon Butler, eds., Curye on Inglysch: English Culinary Manuscripts of the Fourteenth Century Early English Text Society. Supplementary Series 8 (Oxford University Press, 1985) pp. 98-129.
Content: Text 2: ff. 12[r]-15v; Title: Cookery; Incipit: Cranes and hernes scholden ben enarmod with larder of bakenne and rosted and etin with ginger; Explicit: also fruit and bake hit welle and etc.; Notes: On f. 15v, notes in a later hand. Constance B. Hieatt, ed., A Gathering of Medieval English Recipes Textes vernaculaires du Moyen Age 5 (Brepols 2008) pp. 132-134 with reference to the section, "Diversa Servicia" in her EETS SS8 volume, pp. 45-79
Physical Description
Extent: 15 leaves, small quarto
Extent: Ff. 1[r]-15v ; 166 x 119 mm
Reddish cloth over pasteboard; black spine label with gold block capitals, ANCIENT COOKERY. MS . XV CENTURY
18-26 long lines
...compilation of recipes written in black ink on fifteen leaves of vellum with the names of the dishes rubricated. The recipes on the first few leaves are very similar to those found in the famous 'Forme of cury'...
Type of Resource
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11996402
MSS Unit ID: 3318
Archives EAD ID: 1711244
Photo Order: 63149
NYPL Exhibition ID: TL 20.01.DISC17
Digital Scriptorium 1.0 ID: NYPL Whitney MS 1
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 35466830-255e-013b-cb13-0242ac110003
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1400: Created (Approximate)
  • 2022: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

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Ancient cookery manuscript