I’m in the midst of digging through “Early English Books Online” (EEBO) to download research items for this pesky wee paper I have to write. I keep getting sidetracked – trapped, if you will – by woodworking things.
Case in point: a fascinating book on, among other things, angling, that shows how to make various and sundrie [sic] traps from wood: “A booke of fishing with hooke & line, and of all other instruments thereunto belonging. Another of sundrie engines and trappes to take polcats, buzards, rattes, mice and all other kindes of vermine & beasts whatsoeuer, most profitable for all warriners, and such as delight in this kinde of sport and pastime,” by Leonard Mascall.
These look downright medieval…but they’re actually early modern – or at least the book is: 1590.