This manuscript is a diverse and well-organized recipe collection with more than 520 different recipes on topics ranging from alchemy and medicine to solutions for simple household problems such as fleas. A direct ancestor to sixteenth-century Books of Secrets, the manuscript includes an extensive alphabetical subject index for easy reference and consultation to the topics contained therein. The numbered sections vary greatly in length; in some cases a number represents a short, individual recipe, but in many others, a numbered section includes numerous separate recipes related to the same subject.
The contents of the manuscript are varied, but include fairly extensive sections devoted to alchemical recipes. Other topics represented include medicine, such as treating diseases of the eye and bloodletting; recipes of a domestic, household nature, including various recipes for inks, how to erase things from parchment, and how to get rid of vermin; cosmetic recipes related to caring for the hair and face; agricultural recipes, including a lengthy section of wine; and recipes for treating disease in animals.
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“[Recipes and Extracts on Alchemy, Medicine, Metal-Working, Cosmetics, Veterinary Science, Agriculture, Wine-Making, and Other Subjects],” 1425–1450. MS 1. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/wg1tm9j.
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[Recipes and extracts on alchemy, medicine, metal-working, cosmetics, veterinary science, agriculture, wine-making, and other subjects]
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