A hand-written book containing bizarre 18th century medical remedies including pike bones and dragon’s blood.
“Written on fragile parchment bound between two pieces of thin card, the compilation includes medical formulas as well as a variety of traditional recipes.
Outlandish natural ingredients include ragwort, nightshade, ‘ferne roots’, ‘hoggs grease’ and ‘earbagrace’, which was probably ambergris, a byproduct of sperm whale digestion used to make perfume.
One of the most intriguing potions is for ‘Lady Delafountaines strengthining [sic] pills’.
It reads: “Take the Jaw bone of a Pike, dried and beaten to powder.
“Then take venis [Venice] turpentine of the bigness of a nutmeg, steep it all night in white vinigar being pricked full of holes and drie it.
“Make it in sugar pills and take three, nine mornings together…..Eat not for an hower [hour] after; the pills must be as big as a hazelnut.”“
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