Private Recipes. [Cover title].
[Chicago]: . 6-1/2 x 4-1/4 inches. 54pp used of approximately 200pp. Black leather with holograph title label to front board and clasp to fore-edge. Holograph text in ink and pencil, with a few newspaper clippings glued in. Binding rubbed and worn, with bumping and slight loss to spine ends; clasp broken; light soiling, foxing and toning throughout. Good.
A manuscript book of recipes for a range of subjects, with a laid in slip of paper (actually a blank endpaper from a different book) indicating that it was given by William E. Rennolds, a doctor, to his son, William Copp Rennolds, in 1860, in Chicago. The Rennolds family emigrated from England in 1852, a year after William Jr. (1851-1937) was born.
The book contains 85 holograph recipes in no particular order, plus a three addiitional recipes on pasted-in clippings and a handful of entries relating factual information (e.g., about heat and the hardness scale), an Italian proverb, etc. The recipes address a variety of practical needs: for example, in the field of cookery, how to make brandy, honey wine, concentrated lemonade, and compressed yeast; in medicine, treatments for gonorrhea, neuralgia, diptheria, catarrh, sea sickness, poor eyesight, and even morning sickness (for the last, the treatment is simply popcorn); and in household use, recipes for how to make sealing wax, liquid glue, rat poison, and even four different colors of fire (red, green, blue and lilac). Additional recipes touch on hair dye, cologne, and something called "Steer's Opodeldoc", which may have veterinary applications.