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Livre de Receptes , 15th-16th century

Identifier: MS 172


This manuscript contains a book of recipes for different ointments and medicines for common illnesses and injuries, including several recipes for treating the plague.

The text starts on f. 1r with the title: Recepte pour faire le Baulme, followed by the words: Prenez une once de mastic. And ends on f. 21r with the title: Resepte pour les plez venene dc madamoiselle Duchesne.


Written by a variety of French hands of the late 15th and early 16th centuries.


  • Creation: 15th-16th century

Language of Materials

Middle French

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.


1 bound MS volume

Custodial History

There are many scribbles on the fly-leaves, but no names of owners. Many of the leaves are much damaged and torn.

Previous reference

D. b. II. 14.

Physical Facet

Material: Vellum

Binding: Modern, lettered 'LIVRE DES RECEPTES M. S.'

Collation: a10, b4, c8=22.


26.67 cm x 16.51 cm


Secundo folio: Recepte pour faire

Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 22, the number of lines to a page varies throughout the manuscript.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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