Hystericon

I’m attempting to use the long ‘s’ for this transcript – I hope Wordpreſs doesn’t do anything weird with it: . HYſtericon, or Antidote againſt Fits, Vapours, Hypochondriack Melancholy, Vertigoe, Gid- dineſs or Swimming in the Head, Phrenzy, or Deprivation of Senſes, Suffocations, or Riſings in the Throat, Faintings, Swoonings, …

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Cosmeticon

This is another of the ads from Defoe’s A Review of the Affairs of France, which I have mentioned previously. COSMETICON:    A    most     excellent     wash to Beautifie the  Face,  &c.,  rendring  the  Skin sur- prisingly white and  clear:  It  takes  away  all  Hard- ness,  Tan,  Sunburn,  or  other  Discolourings:   All Morphews,  Scurfs,  …

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The Royal Essence for the Hair

 This is the oldest advert featured on The Quack Doctor so far – it’s from a 1705 edition of Daniel Defoe’s periodical A Review of the Affairs of France. Defoe began the publication in February 1704 as a weekly opinion piece, but by the time of this example he was publishing …

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