To the Manor Born: the Palace House Limited Edition, by Lady Montagu of Beaulieu. Gentry Books, 1971. Hdbk., complete with original dust jacket. 143 pp. Signed by the author. Only 750 copies of this 'limited edition' were printed, and this is number 162. Unfortunately, its original owners have written proudly but in biro on the titlepage their own names and the date on which the purchase was made. Many charming facsimile extracts from the original recipe books, as well as a range of other illustrations, all of the familiar 'olde worlde' variety (mostly 18th and 19th century engravings and vignettes).
£8.99If you want 'The Lincolnshire Rect. for the Bite of a Mad Dog', or to know how our ancestors made 'Viper Wine', dried Hog's Cheeks, made 'Goosberry Cream without cream', drove away rats, mixed 'Compost for Orange Trees', treated 'Chilblains', or prepared 'Snail Water for the Eyes', then look no further. A mish-mash culled from old Montagu family recipe books, of all manner of weird, wonderful and occasionally just plain practical instructions arranged under the following general headings: 'Recipes', 'Household', 'Veterinary', 'Medical', and 'Reflections', with a helpful 'Glossary' at the end ('Dragon's blood': 'Red resinous juice obtained from the bark of the Calamus rotang'; 'Ollidental Bezoar': 'Bezoar was the name given to stones formed in the gall of certain animals'; 'Sippits': 'small pieces of toasted bread', etc., all of which is doubtless information no Georgian or Victorian household could afford to be without). A labour of love by the author, and vastly entertaining for any reader with vaguely antiquarian interests.