Chelmsford: Printed and Sold by Meggy and Chalk, circa 1820.
Duodecimo, v, 248, xii pages. First edition. The author, an Essex surgeon, insists on the primacy of dietetics or nutrition to health, and traces its place in medicine back to Hippocrates, and then forward, through Cheyne, Cullen, Nisbet, etc. There are sections on general nutrition, invalid care, and the effects of exercise on digestion, but much of the book is given over to descriptions of individual foodstuffs and their uses and effects upon digestion. Curious prejudices emerge, as in these reviews of the cheeses of competing nations: "Cheshire Cheese, which is old and sound, by producing a temporary stimulus upon the stomach, is the most wholesome cheese we can eat," versus "Dutch Cheese, by being over-salted, acquires a pernicious acrimony; and is, on that account, very unwholesome." The short descriptions are quite engaging. A lovely copy, with only a tiny bit of foxing to the edges and to a few pages. Bound in tan half morocco, with raised bands and gilt-ornamented compartments featuring fish. Handsome leather bookplate of former owner. Near fine. [Bitting, page 469].