2 Common-place books with medical receipts and prescriptions, and with gardening hints
Scope and Contents
- 1 x common-place book, small 4to, with 174pp numbered, dating from 1817-1837, though a later style of handwriting on last unnumbered 4 pp feature the date 1849. Original lightly diced Russia, lacking spine. Manuscript medical receipts, prescriptions. Entries feature named Scottish doctors or Scottish periodicals. An extensive case-history dated Edinburgh, March 1830, is written in the first person. Inserted between pp.36-37 is a visiting card of 'Rev'd John Ainslie / Dirleton' and elsewhere in the volume is a loosely inserted ruled sheet for keeping the pages regular.
- 1 x common-place book, small 4to, filled to the extent of only som 30pp or so, largely unnumbered. Binding is half dark green morocco. Titled on the spine as 'Hints on Gardening'. Entries dated 1828-1836, not confined to horticulture but extend to agriculture including notes on sheep-breeding. At either end are advertisements pasted in: for James Pilton's 'Invisible Fence for enclosing Pleasure Grounds'; and for 'Plans for Roseairies' by Lee and Kennedy, Hammersmith.
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Biographical / Historical
In this instance, the commonplace books concern themselves with notes about medical receipts and prescriptions, and gardening hints.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Collection of 2 common-place books written in the same unknown hand, one descripbing medical prescriptions and receipts, and the other containing gardening hints - circa 1817-1849