Arcana Fairfaxiana Manuscripta. A manuscript volume of Apothecaries' Lore and Housewifery nearly three centuries old, used, and partly written by the Fairfax Family. Reproduced in fac-simile of the handwritings. An introduction by George Weddell.
by [Fairfax Family - apothecary]
Newcastle-on-Tyne:: Mawson, Swan, & Morgan, 1890., 1890. Sq. 8vo. 206 pp. Facsimiles. Original full brown blind- and gilt-stamped calf an Arabesque decorative central device, on either side of which bears the gilt-stamping of "M-C"; front free endpaper partially clipped. Bookplate of John Oxberry [signed S.O. 1912]. Very good. Scarce. A collection of early apothecary and household medical remedies reproduced from the original here with an historical introduction. A mounted descriptive printed sheet states: "The greater portion of the volume consists of Medical receipts, with a sprinkling of charms and talismans characteristic of the period. The "Materia Medica," in addition to a whole pharmacopoeia of simples long since discarded in practice, contains numerous gruesome ingredients, etc. The remainder of the book is made up of household receipts for baking and brewing, preserving and churning, bleaching and dyeing after the manner of our remote great grandmothers." PROVENANCE: "John Oxberry is considered Gateshead's most prominent historian. He dedicated his whole life recording the history of his town. Renowned local historian and member of the Society of Antiquaries, John Oxberry was born at Windy Nook and educated at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne. As a young man he went out to the gold mines in Otago, New Zealand but failing to make his fortune, he returned to Gateshead. From 1885 –1890 he was School Attendance Officer under the Heworth School Board. After that, until 1917 he was Relieving Officer under the Gateshead Board of Guardians and in 1917 until his retirement in 1930, he was Superintendant Registrar of Gateshead Registration district. In 1937, he was elected an Honorary Freeman of the Borough and presented with a silver casket in the Shipley Art Gallery." – [web retrieval] GatesheadHistory.com
(Inventory #: M13425)
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