8vo., pp. , 708, [4, adverts], wanting the half-title; a very good copy in contemporary tree calf, spine ruled gilt, red morocco label; Fasque library bookplate of John Gladstone, father of the Prime Minister.
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Lectures on Diet and Regimen: being a systematic Inquiry into the most rational Means of preserving Health and prolonging Life: together with physiological and chemical Explanations, calculated chiefly for the Use of Families, in order to banish the prevailing Abuses and Prejudices in medicine. The second Edition, improved and enlarged with considerable Additions …
Second edition, much revised and expanded, printed in the same year as the first: ‘Many important and useful articles have been added, especially in the fifth Chapter, “Of Food and Drink.”’ Willich’s very popular manual was based on a series of lecture given by the eminent physician at Bath in 1798, and includes material on the state of modern medicine, the air, baths, clothing, exercise, sleep, excretion, sexual intercourse, the mind and the eyes, as well as a long chapter on food and drink (pp. 291-439), with descriptions of the nature and properties of various comestibles. A postscript explains that this work dealing with the preservation of the healthy body is to be followed by one on the treatment of the diseased body, and includes a list of questions to ask a patient to aid in diagnosis.
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THE DEFINITIVE TEXT [GOLDSMITH, Oliver].
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Second edition, published two months after the first, printed by William Strahan in 1000 sets, and revised throughout by Goldsmith, with more than 450 new substantive readings, nearly all of them accepted by Arthur Friedman as authorial and admitted into the definitive Oxford text (Collected Works, 1966, volume IV). Although the next three editions also appeared in Goldsmith’s lifetime, Friedman is convinced that he did not revise any of them. ‘They contain occasional new substantive readings, [but] when Goldsmith revised [a work] he always made ... frequent and extensive changes, so that his hand is clearly visible. In these three editions the changes are ... infrequent and ... minor [and] none ... has been admitted into the edited text’ (Collected Works, IV, 11-12).