Hardback notebook


Five hardback notebooks, each containing themed colour inserts.

Architecture inserts feature photographs of architectural details from around the Grade I listed home of the Royal College of Physicians. The Lasdun inserts were commissioned by the design company People will always need plates.

Recipe inserts are of pages from 'The Lady Sedley, her Receipt book, 1686'.

These recipes - a mix of medical and some culinary - are attributed to Lady Catherine Sedley, wife of dramatist Charles Sedley. Both her daughter and a mistress who 'married' Charles Sedley have been proposed as potential alternative authors.

The first 58 pages of the book are in a neat and legible hand, with clear titles to each recipe. Later entries suggest a different author added to the book, as these are written in a more rudimentary hand.

The book is dated both on the handwritten title page and on the front and back boards where a stamp of 1686 can still be seen in the velum.

Animal inserts reproduced from George Edwards A natural history of uncommon birds, published in 1743.

George Edwards (1694-1773) gave up an apprenticeship to a London merchant in 1716 to study and draw the natural world around him. He undertook travels to Scandinavia (where he was arrested as a spy) and France (arrested as a vagrant) partly in pursuit of natural history subjects for his art, and partly from 'mere curiosity'.

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