Ellen Bankes Friend handwritten recipe book
Scope and Contents
Rewritten from the dealer description:
This collection includes a handwritten recipe book and two loose leaf recipes, previously folded into the book, compiled by Ellen Bankes Friend. The book is bound in contemporary sheep backed marbled boards. The manuscript contains over 80 recipes, some original, but most attributed to other sources ('Miss Miles', 'Mrs. Barron', 'Miss Foster' etc.). Amongst the recipes are various 'Jellys' (Apple, Orange, Port Wine, Calves Foot), 'Cakes' (Plain Plum, Sponge, Rice, 'German Dough', Soda, Ginger loaf and several cheesecakes), 'Biscuits' (Ginger, German Puffs) and 'Puddings' (Marlborough, Swiss, Muffin, Amber, German), as well as the more unusual and extravagent, such as 'Oyster Curry', 'Devonshire Junkett' and 'Charlotte Russe', presumably used on special occasions to impress well-to-do friends. The manuscript is signed 'Mrs. J.B. Friend, Woburn Square'. This is an example of an early Victorian recipe book of a well-to-do household in Woburn Square, London. The recipe book is dated February 14, 1840.
- Creation: 1840 February 14
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Collection is open for use.
Conditions Governing Use
Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.
Biographical / Historical
Rewritten from dealer description:
Ellen Bankes Friend (born Ellen Pigeon) (1816-1883) was married to John Bankes Friend (1808-1881) a 'Sugar Refiner and Gentleman' in 1836, moving to their address at 21 Woburn Square around this time. He went on to become the Director of the Globe Insurance Company, and a Governor of Christ's Hospital in England. They were to have six children together. Their third child, Elizabeth, was born in November 1840, nine months after the present book was started on Valentine's Day.
0.167 Cubic Feet (1 legal size folder)
Language of Materials
Ellen Bankes Friend (born Ellen Pigeon) (1816-1883) was married to John Bankes Friend (1808-1881), a Director of the Globe Insurance Company, and a Governor of Christ's Hospital in England. This collection includes a handwritten recipe book and one loose leaf recipe, previously folded into the book, compiled by Ellen. The recipe book is dated February 14, 1840.
One loose leaf recipe for cheese straws, which part of the original acquistion, was once processed into MS.0431 and now resides in this collection.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These items were purchased from Pickering & Chatto, Antiquarian Booksellers, in December 2015.
This collection was processed in February 2016 by Annie Tang.
- Ellen Bankes Friend handwritten recipe book
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