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Cookery recipes, in 185 capitula, written in about the middle of the 15th cent.

MS. Douce 55

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Beg. 'Longe wortes de chare. Take boefe and marybones': a list of the capitula is on fols. 1-5.

This MS is collated in Two Cookery Books, ed. by T. Austin (E.E.T.S. xci: 1888).

Parts of fols. 1-32 are cut off, in some cases so as to injure the text.


  • written in about the middle of the 15th cent.


89 Leaves


MS. Douce 55

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. IV, no 21629

Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Douce.

Custodial History

'24th May 1714 borrowed this MS. of mr. J. Chicheley of the Midle Temple by me J. Urry': 'For the possession of this curious MS. I am indebted to the kindness of Mr Smith apothecary at Chertsey, who rescued it from the hands of the keeper of a chandler's shop in that town who had begun to cut it in shreds to make labels. F. Douce 1787'.

Physical Facet

On parchment, injured


5 7/8 × 4 1/8 in.

Repository Details

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