Historical rabbit holes, for those who are inclined.
These slender booklets from Historical Management Associates are the work of an organization dedicated to historical re-enactment in the UK. They are written with a stickler’s attention to historical precision and a conviction that nothing is too arcane to investigate. Some of the books are simple transcriptions of period manuscripts; others represent significant original research, as in Cattle Farming and Grazing Management, which is 52 pages long but cites 36 sources, many of them published in the 17th century.
From the title page: “Whereby is set foorth the secrete misteries of the purest preservings in Glasses and other Confrictionaries, as making of Breads, Pastes, Preserves, Suckets, Marmalates, Tartstuffes, rough Candies, and with many other things never before in Print.”
From the introduction:
This book is a transcription of John Murrel’s 1621 edition of “A Delightfull daily exercise for Ladies and Gentlewomen. Spelling and punctuation have been retained, although where appropriate “v” has been substituted for “u”, “s” for “f,” and “j” for “i” where these were believed to represent changes in the use of the typeface rather than spelling.”
Staplebound pamphlet. 48 pages.