A Practical Treatise on DietNISBET, William. M.D.
and on the most salutary and agreeable means of supporting life and health, by Ailment and Regimen. Adapted to the various circumstances of Age, Constitution, and Climate; and including The Application of Modern Chemistry to the Culinary Preparation of Food.
London: Printed for R. Phillips. 1801.
First edition. 12mo (172x95mm). pp. xix, 434. Half calf, marbled boards. Spine decorated and lettered in gilt. Rubbing to the extremities and to the joints and some scuffing to the boards. The contents are very good with some foxing (particularly in the early pages) and soiling to the edges. Overall, this is a very nice copy of Nisbet's wonderful, exhaustive treatise on food, drink and how to use it to our best advantage. He was a qualified doctor. Having trained in Aberdeen, he then practised in London and wrote a number of books for the medical professional as well as the general reader. This book contains a detailed description of (seemingly all) the foods that we eat judging them according to their chemical or biological qualities and their general healthiness. It is still remarkably useful even today.