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How to Care For Your Teeth, 1613

16 March 2017

L. van Leyden, A Tooth Drawer, 1523 (Wellcome Library) "To keepe and preserve the teeth cleane. First if they bee very yellow and filthie, or blackish, let a Barber scoure, rubbe,...

How to Express Your Feelings, 1689

14 February 2017

Facepalm Cupid, Andrea Alciato, Emblematum Liber (1534) Excerpts from The Theatre of Compliments, Or, A Compleat New Academy: Expressions of Love and Friendship of Men towards...

How to Encrypt a Message, 1641

2 February 2017

Giambattista della Porta, De furtivislitterarum notis (1591), Folger "The second way of secrecy in speech, is by an alteration of any knowne language... by augmenting words with the...

How to Cure Melancholy, c. 1303

20 January 2017

J. Paul Getty Museum, MS 42, f. 1v "The home must be bright, luminous, without pictures, and there should be many fragrant things there, and everyone in the home must be beautiful...