The Tollemache Book of Secrets: A Descriptive Index and Complete Facsimile, with an introduction and transcriptions, together with Catherine Tollemache's Receipts of Pastery, Confectionary &c.

301 pp., 4to, illustrated, quarter tan morocco with gilt title on spine, dark blue cloth sides with the Tollemache arms in gilt on upper cover, t.e.g. This book consists of facsimiles and related notes and transcriptions of two manuscripts. The first is the Tollemache Book of Secrets, a manuscript dating to the early 15th century, an informal compendium of practical household instructions compiled for use at Helmingham Hall, a manor house in Suffolk. It contains the earliest known treatise on angling, preceding both Izaak Walton's The Compleat Angler and that in the Boke of St Albans (1496). The second is Receipts of Pastery, Confectionary, etc., dating from near the beginning of the 17th century, and contains recipes for jam, marmalade, and pastry (including biscotti), and other items. The transcriptions from the Middle English manuscript are particularly useful. Dedicated and presented to the members of the Roxburghe Club by Lord Tollemache. One of only approximately 40 copies printed for members of the Roxburghe Club, this being Robert S Pirie's copy, with his name printed in red in the roll of members (an additional 220 copies were printed for sale). 

Jeremy Griffiths, A. S. G. Edwards, Catherine Tollemache
The Roxburghe Club
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