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    Tobias Venner. Via Recta Ad Vitam Longam. Or, A Treatise wherein the right way and best manner of living for attaining to a long and heathfull life, is clearly demonstrated and punctually applied to every age and constitution of body...Whereunto is added...A very necessary, and compendious Treatise of the famous Baths of Bathe. With A Censure f the Medicinall faculties of the Water of St. Vincents-Rocks neer the City of Bristoll. As Also An accurate Treatise concerning Tobacco... London: James Flesher for Henry Hood, 1650. Krown & Spellman retail: $1200. 4to. A2, a4, B-3C4, 3D2. [12], 55, 58-226, 237-331, 342-382, 391-417, [1] p. Contemporary blind-ruled calf, red morocco title-label, worn at joints and corners; hinges cracked; early owner's names on endpapers; rear endpapers of printer's waste; some leaves loosening, a few leaves creased; some marginal notes and underlines. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Venner (1577-1660) was a doctor with a thriving practice in Peterton and in the Spring and Autumn in Bridgewater and especially Bath.  He did much with his writings to popularize the healthful bathing in the waters of Bath.  "In 1620 he published his first book, 'Via Recta ad Vitam Longam'...The treatise on the 'Bathes of Bath' was issued separately in 1628... A second part of the 'Via Recta' was published (London, 1623, 4to), 'wherein the true use of sleepe, exercise, excretions, and perturbations is, with their effects, discussed.'

    To these works Venner is said to have owed his large practice at Bath. He followed them up in 1621 with 'A Briefe and Accurate Treatise concerning the taking of the Fume of Tobacco, which very many in these dayes doe too too [sic] licentiously use'... It is interesting as showing the prevalence of tobacco-smoking as early as 1621; Venner upbraids those who 'cannot travel without a tobacco-pipe at their mouth,' and who smoke between the courses at meals." [D.N.B.]

    This edition collects all these works together and is fascinating to compare his pronouncements on health matters with our own 'new discoveries.' Wing V195. ESTC r203872. Krvatsy/NLM 12268. Osler 4163. Manchester Med. 2491. Waller 9865. Simon, Vinaria,187 (other eds.) Bitting 476 (other eds.) Oxford, Eng. Cookery, 18.Thomason E605 [1]. Not in Arents.

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