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Thomas Coode manuscript recipe book


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

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The name, Thomas Coode, and the date, 1816, are inscribed in the front inside cover of this pocket-sized book of manuscript recipes. Coode is assumed to be the creator of the volume.

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Thomas Coode’s nineteenth-century manuscript recipe book contains instructions for domestic and trade processes ranging from plate cleaning and preserving meat to preparing fireworks and varnishes. The volume also features notes on book-binding and glazing mezzotint prints.

This nineteenth-century pocket-sized bound book of manuscript recipes and instructions for domestic and trade processes was apparently created by Thomas Coode, who inscribed the front cover “Thos Coode 1816.” The small leather-bound book contains fifty-nine numbered pages followed by eleven pages, all of which contain ink writing on unlined paper. Five of the entries are dated (1861, 1863, April 1864, 14 February 1865, 1868). The numbered pages are followed by fifty-seven blank pages.

Within the notebook, the author has copied recipes and instructions for a variety of subjects. Topics include making fireworks, producing ink, applying glaze to mezzotint prints, preserving birds and meat, producing varnish, medicinal receipts, room scenting, bookbinding, gardening, and livestock care. Some of these recipes were copied from contemporary magazines such as

Mechanics Magazine or New Monthly Magazine, and the notes on binding books make reference to “Dr. Rees’s New Cyclopedia [of Arts, Sciences, and Literature 1819].”

  1. Item 0098: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0097

Purchase, December 1980.

Processed and encoded by Lindsey Baker, June 2007. Updated by E. Evan Echols, August 2015.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2007 July 26
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Collection Inventory

Thomas Coode manuscript recipe book, 1816-1868. 1 volume.
Item 0098
Physical Description

1 volume

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