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Lipsius, Justus, 1547-1606. De militia romana libri quinque, 1596.

*NC5 L6698 596d

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Catholic Church.
Antiphonary : manuscript, [ca. 1200]

MS Typ 962

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Phillips, C. [Stenography], vel Notis excipere or short-hand in a much more easy, exact, speedy, lineal, and ledgible method than any yet extant : manuscript, [ca. 1730].
MS Am 2320
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Phillips, C. [Stenography], vel Notis excipere or short-hand in a much more easy, exact, speedy, lineal, and ledgible method than any yet extant : manuscript, [ca. 1730].

MS Am 2320

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Click here for a zoomable high-res image, and read about the many ailments coffee is claimed to cure, including “the Stone, Scurvey, Gout, Dropsie”.
The virtues of coffee, chocolette, and thee or tea, experimentally known in this our climate. [London : s.n., ca.1690]
EB65.A100.B675b   v.2
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Click here for a zoomable high-res image, and read about the many ailments coffee is claimed to cure, including “the Stone, Scurvey, Gout, Dropsie”.

The virtues of coffee, chocolette, and thee or tea, experimentally known in this our climate. [London : s.n., ca.1690]

EB65.A100.B675b   v.2

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Today is National Coffee Day, but here, from our Tumblr Archives, is a contrary view on some alleged drawbacks to its enjoyment.

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The women’s petition against coffee : representing to publick consideration the grand inconveniencies accruing to their sex from the excessive use of that drying, enfeebling liquor, 1674.

*EC65.A100.674w

"Our men, who in former Ages were justly esteemed the Ablest Performers in Christendome; But to our unspeakable Grief, we find of late a very sensible Decay of that true Old English Vigor; our Gallants being every way so Frenchified, that they are become meer Cock-sparrows, fluttering things that come on Sa sa, with a world of Fury, but are not able to stand to it, and in the very first Charge fall down flat before us. Never did Men wear greater breeches, or carry less in them of any Mettle whatsoever."

The mens answer to the womens petition against coffee : vindicating their own performances, and the vertues of that liquor, from the undeserved aspersions lately cast upon them, by their scandalous pamphlet, 1674.

*EC65.A100.674m

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Hugh, of Fouilloy, -1172 or 1173. De bestiis et aliis rebus : seu Columba deaurata : manuscript, [ca. 1230-1250]

MS Typ 101

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Regiomontanus, Joannes, 1436-1476. Qvesta opra da ogni parte e un libro doro, 1476.

Typ Inc 4366

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Ars morie[n]di, 1495.

Typ Inc 2924

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Reisch, Gregor, -1525. Margarita philosophica, 1503.
Typ 520.03.736
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Reisch, Gregor, -1525. Margarita philosophica, 1503.

Typ 520.03.736

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Māshāʼallāh, 730?-815? De scientia motvs orbis, 1504.
Typ 520.04.561 
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Māshāʼallāh, 730?-815? De scientia motvs orbis, 1504.

Typ 520.04.561 

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