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Chemist's Recipe Book


Chemist's Recipe Book 1866


A leather-bound ledger; 8vo. Indexed recipies for creams, potions, medicines and mixtures Gudgen would require in his business. The list ranges from some of the obvious, such as antibilious pills, cough pills (balls for horses), neuralgia mixture; everyday compounds including asthma cigarettes, bug poison, hair dye and bicycle care; and many culinary items including mushroom ketchup, French mustard, salad dressing, mayonnaise and currie powder. From one of the title pages it appears that this was compiled whilst he was serving his apprenticeship as he lists the different towns where he worked, from Nottingham, Strood, Brighton and parts of London; apparently he eventually set up business in Chiswick. A fascinating insight into the work of a 19th century chemist in his shop. Very good hinges a liitle weak, wear to the extremities and the remains of a clasp.