1652 coffee advertisement-- yep, 1652!





The Vertue of the COFFEE Drink.
First publiquely made and sold in England, by Pasqua Rosée.

THE Grain or Berry called Coffee, groweth upon little Trees, only in the Deserts of Arabia.

It is brought from thence, and drunk generally throughout all the Grand Seigniors Dominions.

It is a simple innocent thing, composed into a drink, by being dryed in an Oven, and ground to Powder, and boiled up with Spring water, and about half a pint of it to be drunk, fasting an hour before and not Eating an hour after, and to be taken as hot as possibly can be endured; the which will never fetch the skin off the mouth, or raise any Blisters, by reason of that Heat.

The Turks drink at meals and other times, is usually Water, and their Dyet consists much of Fruit, the Crudities whereof are very much corrected by this Drink. 

The quality of this Drink is cold and Dry; and though it be a Dryer, yet it neither heats, nor inflames more than hot Posset.

It forcloseth the Orifice of the Stomack, and fortifies the heat with- [missing text] its very good to help digestion, and therefore of great use to be [missing text] bout 3 or 4 a Clock afternoon, as well as in the morning.

[missing text] quickens the Spirits, and makes the Heart Lightsome. 

[missing text]is good against sore Eys, and the better if you hold your Head o'er it, and take in the Steem that way.

It supresseth Fumes exceedingly, and therefore good against the Head-ach, and will very much stop any Defluxion of Rheumas, that distil from the Head upon the Stomach, and so prevent and help Consumptions and the Cough of the Lungs.

It is excellent to prevent and cure the Dropsy, Gout, and Scurvy.
It is known by experience to be better then any other Drying Drink for People in years, or Children that have any running humors upon them, as the Kings Evil. &c.

It is very good to prevent Mis-carryings in Child-bearing Women.

It is a most excellent Remedy against the Spleen, Hypocondriack Winds, or the like.

It will prevent Drowsiness, and make one fit for Busines, if one have occasion to Watch, and therefore you are not to drink of it after Supper, unless you intend to be watchful, for it will hinder sleep for 3 or 4 hours.

It is observed that in Turkey, where this is generally drunk, that they are not troubled with the Stone, Gout, Dropsie, or Scurvy, and that their Skins are exceeding cleer and white.

It is neither Laxative nor Restringent.

Made and Sold in St. Michaels Alley in Cornhill, by Pasqua Rosee, at the Signe of his own Head.



ETA: Mods, I looked around but didn't see: Is there any sort of tag for pre-1850s ads?
I am a frequent sufferer of Drowfinefs.

Seriously though, this is FABULOUS. Great post!

Edited at 2012-07-14 09:31 pm (UTC)
Today's grammar nazis would strangle this advertiser for the spelling "errors" here... heh.
So very, very awesome --and always a thrill to see the old print! Combine it with Coffee? Wins my day. :^)
With all the Wonders laid out before us (prevents miscarriage?!) I was surprised to see a conscientious warning against drinking it before bed. Blessings on you AND your head, Mr. Rosee!

I still prefer tea.
It's not entirely accurate. The statement that "It is neither Laxative nor Restringent" is incorrect. Coffee has a mildly aperient effect.

This is outstanding!!!! Best ad I have ever seen here. And there have been hundreds of fabulous ones on this site!
Wow, perhaps we could have weeks for ads from the 17th and 18th centuries :-D
Seventeenth century advertising was amazing. One historian, C.R. Boxer, described the promotion of tea by the Dutch East India Company in terms that suggested he was completely gobsmacked by it. The VOC hired physicians to promote tea as the wonder drug of the age. One chap prescribed it in doses of 20 to 200 cups a day. That would be a cure for stringency, if that were your problem. Also the origin of the term 'tepee'.