Bristol: Printed by J. Mills..For R. Phillips.. 1802, 1803. First edition. Upper front joint of Volume 1 very slightly cracked, boards a little rubbed, but generally a fine and attractive set. Contemporary polished half calf, gilt rules across spines, red morocco titling labels, small circular black numbering labels, marbled boards. Three volumes, octavo. iv], 92, , 94, 84, 98; [iv], 94, 95 [96 advert], 102, , 168, ; [iv], 208, 86, , 96 pp. Each essay separately paginated. Item #7974
The reputation of Beddoes (1760 - 1808), particularly in the field of medical ethics, benefits from present-day sympathies for the medical problems and pathologies he described. His essay topics here cover such issues as the means of avoiding habitual sickness and premature mortality; personal imprudence, exercise, temperature, scrofula, consumption, nervous disorder, melancholia, etc. Beddoes was highly regarded by his contemporaries: DNB reports that Humphry Davy was dismayed at his death, asserting, “his mind was purified for noble affections and great works”; while Robert Southey wrote, “From Beddoes..I hoped for more good to the human race than any other individual.” He qualified as M. D. at Oxford, where he had an argument with one John Price, Bodley’s librarian, about acquiring foreign books and journals. See also the article by Roy Porter, “Plutus or Hygeia? Thomas Beddoes and the Crisis of Medical Ethics in Britain at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century.” in The Codification of Medical Morality, 1993, vol. 1, pp. 73-91.