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Arcana, or, Mysteries in ye theory of physiology and chymistry: being authentick rules, for preparing spagyricall medicaments, for my own observation and satisfaction. Also manyfold rare private receipts, and remedies, prescriptions of T:H: M:D: /collected by ye industry of the transcribr of this manuscript, uxoris ejus S:H:.
Alternative Title
Mysteries in ye theory of physiology and chymistry.
Horsington, Sarah.
Horsington, Thomas, d. 1666.
Date Created and/or Issued
Contributing Institution
UCLA, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Early Modern English Manuscripts from UCLA’s Clark Library
Rights Information
Public Domain
Material in the public domain. No restrictions on use.
Scope/Content: Manuscript. Small folded sheet of paper pasted on inside front cover with information written in a different hand about the anonymous writer's 1711 marriage to Mr. Hutton, and his death in 1722. Ink sketch of Adam and Eve with the Tree of Knowledge on inside back cover. Attempts at modern repairs to first several pages and inside front cover.
Scope/Content: Manuscript volume apparently copied by Sarah Horsington from the papers of her husband, Dr. Thomas Horsington (probably d. 1666). The latter part of the volume contains more cookery recipes than medical receipts and remedies. There is an index at the end of the main text as well as passages copied from Boyle and others. A glossary of sorts is written on the front endpapers.
Condition: Bound in old calf with traces of metal clasps; spine and hinges defective; some pages loose; housed in modern brown cloth case.
Clasps (Binding)
Medical formularies
Ownership inscriptions (Provenance)
[1], 239, [21] p., bound ;193 mm.
Cooking--England--Early works to 1800.
Medicine--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions--Early works to 1800.
Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric--England--Early works to 1800.
On first page: "Sarah Horsington Her Manuscript bought 21 10mbr Pretiu 16" with "1666" in same hand in upper corner; On last page: "Martha Hurst her Book June 1755."

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