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August 18, 2009

1824 Universal Receipt Book

Which is actually an 1835 edition with the addition of 22 pages of school curriculum (which by itself is worth the price) published in London.  This book contains 6000 receipts or recipes from everything from varnish, stain, paint (oil color, water color, etc.), glues, cements, metallurgy, leather, glass, ink, medicine, food, beverage (fermented, distilled, brewed, etc.),  husbandry, horticulture, Domestic Economy, &c., &c.

It is 850 pages and a small format, but the information contained is of importance to history and contain many obscure, archaic and obsolete recipes together with treasures like ‘cold tinning’ and ‘turpentine varnish’.  More of a formulary than a recipe book, there is some amazing stuff in this work.

The original had been rebound during the mid nineteenth century and the new cover was created by Kari Hultman of the Village Carpenter and based on traditional book designs influenced by the books on Joel’s blog at Tools for Working Wood in New York.  Gary Roberts at Toolemera also contributed suggestions.

I showed this book to Richard Oman at the Museum of Church History and Art and he was of the opinion that the book was probably brought out West by the Pioneers.  A friend of mine George Stapleford found the book at an antique/book store in Bountiful, Utah and paid $115.00 for it, knowing full well I would give him that value at least in trade for this cornucopia.

I will be offering this {treasure} book in paperback for sale for $40.00 plus $4.00 shipping.  That is just over a half a penny per recipe or receipt, the traditional term for recipe.  I expect to have books available in September of 2009.  Because of the interest I am making this edition available by pre-publication subscription at a special price of $40.00, shipping (in the U.S.A.) included!  Please send a check or money order for $40.00 to:



  1. Joel at Tools for Working Wood in New York will be handling all orders outside the U.S.A. and all credit card orders as well.

    Thanks Joel

    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — August 18, 2009 @ 10:30 am

  2. Would it be possible to see a sample page or two? It would be nice to know what the writing style and instructions are like.

    Comment by Frank — August 19, 2009 @ 7:58 am

  3. Frank,

    I just posted a couple of pages from the book. There are some that use hazardous materials and of course the medical information should be used with caution. There are some archaic terms but most are easy to find out with a little research. I have discovered a number of things reading these pages.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — August 19, 2009 @ 1:30 pm

  4. […] much technical delay, I received the galley proofs of the Universal Receipt Book.  (I cut out the cover, folded it and put in all the loose galley pages.)  I had to re-scan the […]

    Pingback by Universal Receipt Book – Galley Proof « Full Chisel Blog — October 7, 2009 @ 8:23 am

  5. Hi, do you still have the book for sale? If so, I’d like to get a copy, as a gift!

    Comment by Jen — January 1, 2010 @ 11:51 pm

  6. Jen,

    The book is still for sale, I have them personally if you are local or you can order them from Joel at Tools for Working Wood.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — January 2, 2010 @ 6:20 am

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