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Herbals, which describe the appearance of medicinal plants, tell how to gather, prepare, preserve and store them. These books contribute to the work of physicians, pharmacists and botanists by providing data about the indication and dosage of these plants. Elizabethan literature is filled with references to herbal lore, herbs and their uses, herb gardens, and manners and customs associated with herbs and their use. Thus herbals can provide a vivid background of life in times past.

An interest in cookbooks and household management is a legacy from FSU’s earliest years as a women’s college. Cookbooks are held in our Rare Book, Florida and Scottish collections. The oldest in our cookbook collection is from 1622 Venice.

The separate collections of cookbooks and herbals held in Special Collections & Archives are presented together here in a single digital collection.

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Incipit Tractatus de virtutibus herbarum
Incipit Tractatus de virtutibus herbarum
Woodcut capitals., Marginal ms. notes., On spine: Villanova.
Joyfull newes out of the new found world: wherein are declared the rare and singular vertues of divers and sundrie herbs, trees, oyles, plants & stones, with their applications as well to the use of phisicke, as chirurgery ... Also the portrature of t
Joyfull newes out of the new found world: wherein are declared the rare and singular vertues of divers and sundrie herbs, trees, oyles, plants & stones, with their applications as well to the use of phisicke, as chirurgery ... Also the portrature of t
Englished by John Frampton., Leaves 1-[110] with running-title "The first [-thyrde] part of the thinges that are brought from the West Indias" contain a translation of Monardes' "Primera y segunda y tercera partes de la historia medicinal de las cosas que se traen de nuestras Indias Occidentales que siruen en medicina. Sevilla, A. Escriuano, 1574"; Leaves [111]-138 has t. p.: A booke which treateth of two medicines most excellent agaynst all venome, which are the bezaar stone and the herbe escuerconera and running-title: Of the bezaar stone and of the herbe escuerconera; Leaves [139]-163 has t. p.: The dialogue of yron, which treateth of the greatnesse thereof and running-title: The dialogue of iron and of the vertues thereof; Leaves 163-170 have running-titles: The dialogue of snow and of the vertues therof and Of the snowe and the vertues thereof., Errors in paging: 78, 80, 84, 98, 150, 157 incorrectly numbered 83, 81, 76, 99, 142, 153 respectively; 158, 159 omitted in numbering.
Liber de proprietatibus rerum
Liber de proprietatibus rerum
Bartholomei anglici., Signatures: a-b⁸, c-z⁶·⁸, A-T⁶·⁸., British Museum Catalog (XV cent.), I:132 ; Hain, 2506., Initials not illuminated., Chapters marked with contemporary vellum tabs., Lacks final blank leaf., Bound in contemporary white embossed pigskin over boards with clasps wanting. Endleaves are contemporary manuscript leaves on vellum.
London art of cookery
London art of cookery
To which is added an appendix, containing considerations on culinary poisons ... marketing tables, &c. ... Embellished with a head of the author, and a bill of fare for every month in the year. By John Farley ..., Summary: Subtitle: and housekeepers' complete assistant, on a new plan. Made plain and easy to the understanding of every housekeeper, cook, and servant, in the Kingdom ..
Luncheon & dinner sweets
Luncheon & dinner sweets
Contents: Hot sweets -- Cold sweets -- Ices and how to make them -- Gâteaux and pastry -- Auxiliary recipes -- Sweet sauces, hot and cold., by C. Herman Senn., Includes index., Florida Culinary Collection.
Modern domestic cookery, and useful receipt book
Modern domestic cookery, and useful receipt book
Added t.-p., engraved., Includes index., Summary: Subtitle: containing the most approved directions for purchasing, preserving, and cooking meat, fish, poultry, game, etc., in all their varieties ... A complete family physician ... Instructions to servants for the best methods of performing their various duties. Art of making British wines, brewing, baking, etc
Musaeum Regalis Societatis, or A catalogue & description of the natural and artificial rarities belonging to the Royal Society and preserved at Gresham Colledge
Musaeum Regalis Societatis, or A catalogue & description of the natural and artificial rarities belonging to the Royal Society and preserved at Gresham Colledge
made by Nehemjah Grew M.D. ; fellow of the Royal Society, and of the Colledge of Physitians ; whereunto is subjoyned the comparative anatomy of stomachs and guts by the same author., In English with Greek references., Title within double border., Includes indexes; printed marginal notes., Errata notes on p. [12], in front, "A comparative anatomy of stomachs and guts, begun : being several lectures read before the Royal Society in the year 1676": p. 1-49 (at end); has same imprint information; own title page; pagination and register separate., Gift ; Jack Freeman Collection., FSU Special Collections copy: Jack Freeman Collection.
Museum Regalis Societatis
Museum Regalis Societatis
Made by Nehemjah Grew ... Whereunto is subjoyned The comparative anatomy of stomachs and guts ..., A reissue of the 1681 edition with new title page and portrait., Summary: Subtitle: or, A catalogue & description of the natural and artificial rarities belonging to the Royal Society and preserved at Gresham Colledge
New art of cookery
New art of cookery
By Richard Briggs.
New cyclopædia of botany and complete book of herbs
New cyclopædia of botany and complete book of herbs
Added title page, illustrated: The cyclopædia of botany; or, A correct history and description of all plants British or foreign forming a complete book of herbs and family herbal. Huddersfield, printed by R. Brook., Caption title: New family herbal., Spine title: cyclopædia of botany., "Directions to the binder" at end of v. 2., Includes indexes.
New cyclopædia of botany and complete book of herbs
New cyclopædia of botany and complete book of herbs
Added title page, illustrated: The cyclopædia of botany; or, A correct history and description of all plants British or foreign forming a complete book of herbs and family herbal. Huddersfield, printed by R. Brook., Caption title: New family herbal., Spine title: cyclopædia of botany., "Directions to the binder" at end of v. 2., Includes indexes.
Nouvelle instruction pour les confitures, les liqueurs, et les fruits
Nouvelle instruction pour les confitures, les liqueurs, et les fruits
Signatures: ã6, A-2R in alternate 8's and 4's, 2S6(-2S6), Ornamental initals, head and tail pieces., Includes index., Summary: Subtitle: où l'on apprend à confire toute sorte de fruits, tant secs que liquides; & divers ouvrages de sucre qui sont du fait des officiers & confiseurs; avec la maniere de bien ordoner un fruit. Suite du nouveau cuisinier royal & bourgeois, également utile aux maitres-d'hotels & dans les familles, pour scavoir ce qu'on sert de plus à la mode dans les repas
Opera ... con laquale si può ammaestrare qualsi voglia cuoco, scalco, trinciante, o mastro di casa
Opera ... con laquale si può ammaestrare qualsi voglia cuoco, scalco, trinciante, o mastro di casa
Signatures: a4, A-2S8, A2, A10, (-A10), A-E8, F4, (-F4), Il mastro di casa, by Cesare Pandini lacks t.- Special t.-p.: Il triciante di M. Vincenzo Cervio, ampliato, e ridotto à perfettione dal cavalier Reale Fusorito da Narni ... Venetia, A. De'Vecchi, 1622., Illustrated title-pages., Ornamental initials, head and tail pieces.
Pambotanologia [romanized form] Sive, Enchiridion botanicum
Pambotanologia [romanized form] Sive, Enchiridion botanicum
Signatures: duplicate title-page, wanting; H3, K3, V3 incorrectly signed H5, K5, U3 respectively; Ff2-4, advertisements., Pages 294-295, 298-299, 315, 334-335, 342, 420, 546-547, 550-552, 673 incorrectly numbered 284-285, 288-289, 215, 342-343, 242, 320, 536-537, 540-541, 452, 675, respectively., Title within ornamental border., Bound in tooled calf; in quarter morocco buckram case., Summary: Subtitle: Or, A compleat herball, containing the summe of the ancient and moderne authors, both Galencial and chymical, touching trees, shrubs, plants, fruits, flowers, &c. Shewing their place, times, names, kinds, temperature, vertues, use, dose, danger and antidotes, together with an introduction to herbarisme, &c. Appendix of exoticks. Universal index of plants: shewing what grow wild in England
Phytognomonica Io
Phytognomonica Io
Nunc primùm ab innumeris mendis, quibus passim neopolitana editio scatebat, vindicatá; cum rerum & verborum indice locupletissimo., Summary: Subtitle: Baptistæ Portæ Neapolitani, octo libris contenta; in qvibvs nova, facillimaqve affertur methodus, qua plantarum, animalium, metallorum; rerum denique omnium ex prima extimæ faciei inspectione quiuis abditas vires assequatur ...
Systême de la nature
Systême de la nature
par M. Mirabaud., Pub. by the author as the work of Jean Baptiste de Mirabaud., Published by the author as the work of Mirabaud [i. e. Jean Baptiste de Mirabaud] Cf. Nouvelle biographie générale, v. 24 (1861) p. 927., Bound with : Helvetius, Claude Adrien. Le vrai sens du systême de la nature. London, 1774.
Systême de la nature
Systême de la nature
par M. Mirabaud., Pub. by the author as the work of Jean Baptiste de Mirabaud., Published by the author as the work of Mirabaud [i. e. Jean Baptiste de Mirabaud] Cf. Nouvelle biographie générale, v. 24 (1861) p. 927., Bound with : Helvetius, Claude Adrien. Le vrai sens du systême de la nature. London, 1774.
Theatrum botanicvm
Theatrum botanicvm
Collected by John Parkinson., Added t.-p. engraved., Errors in paging., Paged continuously.
Theatrum botanicvm
Theatrum botanicvm
Collected by John Parkinson., Added t.-p. engraved., Errors in paging., Paged continuously.
Theologia naturalis
Theologia naturalis
Signatures: 6, a⁸, b-y⁶, z⁸ , &⁶, ?⁸., Hain. Repertorium (with Copinger's Supplement)*14069. Brit. Mus. Cat. (XV cent.) I, p. 154 (IB 2193 Goff. Third census, R-33., Leaf [1] (t.p.): Theologia naturalis sive liber creaturarum specialiter de homine et de natura eius inquantum homo, et de his que sunt ei necessaria ad cognoscendum se ipsum & deum, et omne debitum ad quod homo tenetur et obligatur tam deo quam proximo., "Tabula alphabetica": leaves 2-[6]., Rubricated; initials supplied in red.

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