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Cookbooks and Herbals

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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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art of cookery, made plain and easy
art of cookery, made plain and easy
which far exceeds any thing of the kind ever yet published ... By a lady., The front. is an advertisement by "Hannah Glasse, habit-maker."
book of household management ...
book of household management ...
Added t.-p.: Beeton's book of household management., Summary: Subtitle: also, sanitary, medical, & legal memoranda; with a history of the origin, properties, and uses of all things connected with home life and comfort
collection of recipes for the use of special diet kitchens in military hospitals
collection of recipes for the use of special diet kitchens in military hospitals
prepared and published under the auspices of the U. S. Christian Commission, by Mrs. Annie Wittenmyer., Index : p. [45-47]
compleat herbal of physical plants
compleat herbal of physical plants
By John Pechey., Gift of Friends of the Library., Summary: Subtitle: Containing all such ... herbs, shrubs and trees, as are used in physick and surgery. And to the virtues of those that are now in use, is added one receipt, or more of some learned physician. The doses or quantities of such as are prescribed ... are proportioned. Also directions for making compound-waters, syrups ... and other sorts of medicines. Moreover the gums, balsams, oyls, juices ... which are sold by apothecaries and druggists, are added to this herbal: and their virtues and uses are fully described
complete herbal
complete herbal
by James Newton, containing the prints and the English names of several thousand trees, plants, shrubs, flowers, exotics, &c., many of which are not to be found in the herbals of either Gerard, Johnson or Parkinson., Includes index., "An alphabetical table of the names of such authors, both ancient and modern, as are often cited in this work : their principal botanic writings." -- 3d-5th preliminary leaves., Plate I wanting.
curious and profitable gardener
curious and profitable gardener
by John Cowell, of Hoxton. Containing I. The most useful experiments for improving land by grain and seeds. II. Curious directions for cultivating the choicest fruits of the East and West-Indies at a small expence. III. Extraordinary remarks concerning the raising of flowers from seed. IV. Particular observations and rules for the management of dwarf fruit-trees, wall-trees, espaliers, and standards ... To which is added, An exact description of the great American aloe ... with an ccount of the most beautiful kinds of torch-thistles, and their flowers, &c. Also the history of the Glastonbury-thorn, and the peculiar qualifications of that wonderful plant.
divine herball, together with A forrest of thornes
divine herball, together with A forrest of thornes
Contents: In five sermons: 1. The garden of graces. 2. The prayse of fertilitie. 3. The contemplation of the herbes. 4. The forrest of thornes. 5. The end of thornes., by Tho. Adams., Each sermon except the first has separate t.p., Third sermon has title: The garden or, A comtemplation of the herbes., Gift of Friends of the Library.
experimental history of the materia medica
experimental history of the materia medica
by William Lewis., Title on spine : Lewis's Materia medica., Includes indexes., Title on spine : Materia medica., Summary: Subtitle: or of the natural and artificial substances made use of in medicine : containing a compendious view of their natural history, an account of their pharmaceutic properties, and an estimate of their medicinal powers, so far as they can be ascertained by experience, or by rational induction from their sensible qualities
frugal housekeeper's kitchen companion
frugal housekeeper's kitchen companion
by Mrs. Eliza Ann Wheeler., Lowenstein, 412; compare Bitting, p. 492.
grande cuisine illustrée
grande cuisine illustrée
par Prosper Salles & Prosper Montagné., Later ed. published as: Le grand livre de la cuisine / Prosper Montagné et Prosper Salles. Paris : Flammarion, 1929., Includes index.
greate herball, which geueth parfyte knowledge & understandinge of al maner of herbes, and theyr gracious vertues ...
greate herball, which geueth parfyte knowledge & understandinge of al maner of herbes, and theyr gracious vertues ...
Newlye corrected and diligently ouersene., First printed in 1526., 1561 imprint identified as 4th ed. in Rohde, The old English herbals., Text based on the French Arbolayre or Grant Herbier., Illustrated with woodcut on title, woodcut initials and vignettes in text., Signatures: +⁶, A-U⁶, X⁶, Y⁸, Aa⁶, Bb²., Includes index: "here after foloweth a Table, very necessary and profitable for them that desyre to fynde quickly a remedy agaynste all maner of diseases ... "
hospitall for the diseased
hospitall for the diseased
gathered by T.C., Attributed to: Thomas Cartwright., Large black capitals., Signatures: B-L.f., Imperfect. Pages 55-[76] multilated with some loss of text; p. 75-[76] very poor condition. Front board missing; back board detached., Summary: Subtitle: wherein are to bee founde moste excellent and approued medicines, aswell emplasters of speciall vertue, as also notable potions or drinkes, and other comfortable receptes, bothe for the restitution and the preseruation of bodily healthe : very necessary for this tyme of common plague and immortalitie, and for other tymes when occasion shall require : with a newe addition
introduction to botany
introduction to botany
By Priscilla Wakefield., With The Philanthrope. London, 1797., "Printed for E. Newbery, St. Paul's Churchyard ; Darton and Harvey, Gracechurch Street; and Vernor and Hood, Birchin-lane."
lady's assistant for regulating and supplying the table
lady's assistant for regulating and supplying the table
originally published from the manuscript collection of Mrs. Charlotte Mason., Includes index.
natural history of plants
natural history of plants
from the German of Anton Kerner von Marilaun ; translated and edited by F. W. Oliver, with the assistance of Marian Busk and Mary F. Ewart ; with about 2000 original woodcut illustrations and sixteen plates in colours., Issued in six volumes, each with individual t.-p., called Divisional volume I-VI. of which I-III form vol. 1 and IV-VI form vol. 2. The general title-page, preface and table of contents of vol. 1 are bound at the end of Divisional volume III; those of vol. 2 are bound at the end of Divisional volume VI., Plate I is accompanied by descriptive letterpress on guard sheet; pt. II, III, V, VI, IX, XII-XVI have outline diagrams on guard sheets., Vol. 6 includes index.
natural history of plants
natural history of plants
from the German of Anton Kerner von Marilaun ; translated and edited by F. W. Oliver, with the assistance of Marian Busk and Mary F. Ewart ; with about 2000 original woodcut illustrations and sixteen plates in colours., Issued in six volumes, each with individual t.-p., called Divisional volume I-VI. of which I-III form vol. 1 and IV-VI form vol. 2. The general title-page, preface and table of contents of vol. 1 are bound at the end of Divisional volume III; those of vol. 2 are bound at the end of Divisional volume VI., Plate I is accompanied by descriptive letterpress on guard sheet; pt. II, III, V, VI, IX, XII-XVI have outline diagrams on guard sheets., Vol. 6 includes index.
natural history of plants
natural history of plants
from the German of Anton Kerner von Marilaun ; translated and edited by F. W. Oliver, with the assistance of Marian Busk and Mary F. Ewart ; with about 2000 original woodcut illustrations and sixteen plates in colours., Issued in six volumes, each with individual t.-p., called Divisional volume I-VI. of which I-III form vol. 1 and IV-VI form vol. 2. The general title-page, preface and table of contents of vol. 1 are bound at the end of Divisional volume III; those of vol. 2 are bound at the end of Divisional volume VI., Plate I is accompanied by descriptive letterpress on guard sheet; pt. II, III, V, VI, IX, XII-XVI have outline diagrams on guard sheets., Vol. 6 includes index.

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