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Aquae Solis, or, Notices of Roman Bath

By Rev. H. M. Scarth

1864

Simpkin, Marshall, & Co; R. E. Peach : London; Bath

11.5" by 9"

[7], vi-viii, [3], xi-xiii, [1], 2-135, [5pp]

 

 

 

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A signed first edition of this fascinating work looking in depth at the historical Roman fragments found within the Roman city of bath, illustrated throughout, including with one folding plate and one folding map. Signed by the author to the title page.

The first edition of this work. Signed by the author to the title page. Illustrated with a frontispiece, one folding plate, one folding map, and fifty-one plates. Collated, complete. In this work, the author collects together every fragment of the Roman era which was known to have been existed, or ones that are still preserved. The author wished to provide a better idea of how the city of Bath was and the condition of the city under the Roman rule. The author describes the fragments not as meaningless relics, but as speaking memorials, that speak of luxury, pomp, and display, as well as superstition and ignorance, offering an idea of how the city functioned in history. Bath was an important settlement during the Roman era, at the time it was named Aquae Sulis. The most important feature is the Roman Baths, a collection of baths in the city centre, which are themselves below modern street level. It is proposed that the site of the baths was a centre of worship by Celts of the goddess Sulis, who the Romans identified as Minerva. The baths were a site of great popularity throughout history, most especially during the eighteenth and nineteenth century, with people visiting to take the waters, which were supposed to have healing properties. Written by Rev. Harry Mengden Scarth, who was a rector at Bathwick, Bath for thirty years. He was an archaeologist who enjoyed living in Bath for the rich history of the city. During living there, he made Roman Britain and Roman Bath his special area of study. He was a member and Vice-President of the Bath Antiquarian Field Club, of the Bath Literary Club, and of the Literary and Scientific Institution. Illustrated by C. S. Beckett. The folding plate shows a ground plan of the ancient Roman baths. The folding map shows the Roman roads, camps, villas, and earthworks from seven miles around Bath. Subscribers list to the rear. Front endpaper and frontispiece are detached but present. An interesting signed first edition of this history on Roman Bath.

CONDITION

In the original publisher's cloth binding. Externally, smart. Light bumping to the head and tail of the spine and to the extremities, a little heavier to the tail of the spine. Some minor marks to the boards, a little heavier to the rear. Hinges are starting but firm. Front endpaper and frontispiece are detached but present. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are lightly age-toned and generally clean with the odd spot and the odd mark. Tape repair to a closed tear to the folding map. Author's signature in ink to the title page.

Overall Condition: Good

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