A Doctor Writes: Promoting The Cheltenham WatersSKU: 9362
A Doctor Writes: Promoting The Cheltenham Waters
Date of publication:
A Treatise on Cheltenham Waters and Biliary Diseases. Third edition, with numerous additions and two plates. Cheltenham, printed by JK and S Griffith, 1814
Something in the waters
During the 18th century Cheltenham became increasingly fashionable as a spa, especially after 1788 when George III's visit gave the town a royal seal of approval, but by the turn of the century demand for the waters had outstripped supply. As Jameson explains in the preface to this work, after settling in Cheltenham in 1802 he was instrumental in opening (and publicising) some of the new wells which formed the basis for Cheltenham's early 19th century prosperity. The Monthly Magazine (vol. lviii) reported that he was 71 at the time of his death in the summer of 1824: 'his name is identified with the latest scientific description of Cheltenham waters'.
Condition & Materials
8vo. pp. xxxi, [i], 223, [i] + engraved folding map engraved by John Roffe after Daniel Trinder, and single-page engraved plan of the new baths and manufactory for salts; contemporary mottled calf, upper joint cracked but firm. Engravers John and Richard Josephus Roffe were brothers, both of whom had been apprenticed to James Basire; the plan does not specify which Roffe was the engraver here, but Worldcat identifies John. First published in 1803, the plates appear to have been added for the second edition of 1809.