The “hand arts”
In 1688, at 13, Sibylla Augusta, and her 16-year-old sister both received a recipe book from their grandfather. The book is titled “Vierfacher Handschrein: unterschiedlich angemerckter Kunst- Speiß- Confitur- und Medicinal-Sachen” [The four hand arts: a variety of art, food, confiture and medicinal items]. It is a soft-cover book, 17 by 15 cm, well bound and covered in leather. The covers are inscribed with “Francisca Sibylla Augusta” and the year “1688.” Today, they are the property of the Margraves of Baden.