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 introduction:
“This is the second volume in a series about the production of remedies between 1560 and 1660. It covers the methods and equipment used in the process of distillation. It is intended as a guide to those who are interested in distillers and apothecaries in the period… DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PRODUCE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND IF YOU ARE LUNATIC ENOUGH TO TRY TO PRODUCE THEM USING THIS BOOKLET DO NOT CONSUME THEM.”
Staplebound pamphlet. 16 pages