original sources

tigerduck

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German / Switzerland
Hello

I am writing a thesis on cooking recipes. I am unsure whether I can use 'original sources' in the sentence below in italics. If not, can you think of an appropriate expression without repeating manuscripts?

Middle English recipes are known in over fifty manuscripts, but Hieatt (1992: 15) assumes there must be around sixty original sources. Some of the manuscripts contain...

Thanks
 
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