Actual photo of me trying to science too hard


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Why is this happening

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“…Oh FFS”


An entire body of philosophy, according to the principles of the famous Renate Des Cartes : in three books … Antoine Le Grand, 1694



I will be honest with you: I don’t know much about this book besides the fact that it is based on astrology (check out the familiar astrological symbols in red along the square border), the fact that it’s written in Latin, and the observation that that is a very badass ‘P’ to start out a sentence with. So I’m leaning on the Folger LUNA reference material for this one: these are “Tables of the planets for each day of the week, giving (1) ‘hore a medio noctis ad meridiem’ and (2) ‘hore noctis, hoc est a meridie'”.

To me this still makes about as much sense as the Voynich manuscript, but it looks hella awesome.

Astrological notes and tables in Zacuto’s Almanach perpetuum and Stöffler’s Almanach nova [manuscript]. 1504.

Marrow Pasties, Sheep’s Tongues, and Orange Pudding

An almost universal rule back in the 1600s was that your cookbook would double as a medicinal/herb book. You had all your common recipes for cakes and meats and soups… but you also had, sometimes on the very next line, advice on how to debride a sore, cure hysteria, get rid of boils, and all the other things that you do on the daily. There’s the page where instructions on fixing an old dry cough are across from instructions how to bake an orange pudding.

If you think about it in the context of what your life would really be like in the 1600s it makes sense that this book has to serve as the Google of the time period… but for now, just don’t read into the fact that sweet chicken pie and marrow pastries are so close together.


To help: licorice is “liquorish”, oil is “oyle”, boil is “boyle”, and both sirrup and surrup mean “syrup”.


Of particular note: you cure violent coughs and blood-spitting by taking old felt, cutting it into the shape of a shoe sole, dip it in hot Agua Vitae, and take it from there. If you’re not doing that, then that’s obviously why you still have a headache.


People don’t have measuring cups lying around: so in the example of migraines, they call for “as much Rue as will lie on a sixpence”: meaning to take a coin and use that distinct size for measurement. That’s actually pretty damn smart.

Here is one page of how to make sausages in the same book as how to treat gangrene. Try not to think about it though.


These pages discuss the cures for, among other things, Hysteria and Arthritis.

dropsy cancer colic abor

This one single page gives you treatments for dropsy, cancer, colic, and tells you how to have an abortion… that’s a lot of heavy shit for one page.

pies pancakes

I just really like this one because it mentions pancakes.

  • “English cookery and medicine book [manuscript]”, late 1600s.
  • “Medicinal recipes compiled by Andrew Slee [manuscript]”, 1654.
  • “Pharmaceutical and cookery recipes [manuscript]”. 1675.
  • “This book of sovereign medicines against the most common and known diseases … collected of Master Doctor Feckenham, late Abbot of Westminster [manuscript]”, 1600s.

A Pisgah-sight of Palestine and the confines thereof, with the history of the Old and New Testament acted thereon. Thomas Fuller, 1650

An amazing map from the mid 17th century on Palestine, Jerusalem, Judeah, and other fun places.076808.jpg

You can also check out all the tribes, because that was a thing.





…meanwhile, I can’t even read my own writing on the whiteboard


This 100% looks like it was done by a computer and I am so bitter about it.

“Collection of antiquarian papers [manuscript]” ca 1600. LUNA source call number VB 218.

Oh man, I feel you, bruh

131486.jpg’Tis pitty shee’s a whore. Acted by the Queenes Maiesties Seruants, at the Phænix in Drury-Lane.” John Ford, 1633.