By Andrew Boorde, physician. Edited by F.J. Furnivall. Unaltered facsimile of the 1906 reprint of the 1870 Early English Text Society first edition. Includes a discussion of genuine vs. spurious works attributed to Andrew Boorde, plus extracts from his Brevyary of Health, an alphabetical list of diseases by their Latin name, with remedies and manner of treatment.
The fyrst boke of the Introduction of knowledge, was written by Boorde as a companion volume to his Brevyary. It is a description of the characteristics, physical and cultural, of European and a few Asian countries and their inhabitants. It is included in this volume as an unaltered transcription, with editorial comments and a modern interpretation by Furnivall, alongside the original text.
The dyetary of Helth instructs the reader about healthy living through cleanliness and proper diet, and discusses what food and drink is good for health and what is bad. Boorde tells the reader how to choose a site for a home, arrange the buildings, and manage the household. Furnivall included editorial comments and a modern interpretation alongside this text as well.
Finally, there is a transcription of Barnes' in the defence of the Berde [Beard], a response to a lost treatise by Boorde in which he advocates shaving and condemns beards. In this piece Barnes claims Boorde had to shave his own beard as the result of the aftereffects of a night of heavy drinking. 396 pages. Hardcover. Import.