10 weird things about travelling in the 17th century

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3. But if you survived, you’d probably get a book deal

4. Even though you wrote ‘S’ funny

Until the 19th-century, publishers often used what was called the long ‘S’ instead of the standard short one we’re all familiar with. It would usually be done in words with a double occurrence of the letter, in which case one would look like this: ƒ. This could get awkward sometimes:

A passage on the Sumatran elephant from John Fryer’s book

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