A Medical Topography Of Tunbridge Wells;.

POWELL, ROBERT HUTCHINSON..

Bound in original cloth, gilt with blind stamped decoration. Spine extremities a little worn but otherwise a very good copy. Binder's label of Remnant and Edmonds, London on rear pastedown and bookseller's label of J. Colbran on front pastedown.

£75.00

Details

COLOURED MAP SHOWING THE NEW BRANCH RAILWAY

Publisher

John Colbran, High Street. London: John Churchill, Princes Street, Soho.,

Place

Tunbridge Wells

Date

1846

Synopsis

Illustrating the beneficial influence of its mineral waters, climate, soil, etc., in restoring and preserving health: accompanied with an outline of hygiene. by robert hutchinson powell, m.b.- m.d.

Item Description

16mo. 4.5 x 7.5 inches. xii + 174 pp. + 6 pp. list of Subscribers with half page publisher's advertisement at end + tipped in errata slip of subscribers' names omitted.

Illustrations

Illustrated by hand coloured folding map as frontispiece, 2 plates and by tables in text.

Provenance

A survey of the health benefits of Tunbridge Wells by Dr R. H. Powell (1817?-64), member of the Royal College of Surgeons and himself a resident, at Rock Lodge. He discusses the chalybeate spring, the complaints for which taking the waters is beneficial, the geology, climate, medical statistics of the area and the general practice of health care or 'hygiene'. Dr. Powell is eloquent concerning the disadvantages of visiting foreign spas compared with Tunbridge Wells; 'the security from a sea-voyage and sea-sickness...the scrambles at foreign hotels - the vexations of passports, police and douanes - the rough roads, slow journeys, and violent concussions - unaccustomed diet - ignorance of the language...' A fine product of the publishing house of John Colbran (1809-84) best known for his Tunbridge Wells guidebooks, from which the fine coloured map, showing the route of the new branch railway opened that year.

[Stock No. 23924]

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