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A dissertation upon tea: explaining its nature and properties, …, 1730

Tea was a wildly popular beverage during the mid-1700s in England. According to Short, there were 3,000 teahouses in London at that time. This book is an introduction to the natural history of tea: its types and origins; how it is grown and harvested; methods of preparation for drinking; its medicinal benefits; and its importance as a revenue source for the Crown of England. A smaller section of the book touches upon the benefits of sage water, and the best foods for certain constitutions.

Courtesy National Library of Medicine

Title page of a book.