1842 Hydropathy; Or, The Cold Water Cure, As Practised by Vincent Priessnitz, At Graefenberg, Silesia, Austria
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Whilst completing a successful career as a prominent asphalt contractor and captain in the Middlesex Militia, Claridge is best known today for his promotion of hydropathy (or hydrotherapy); a Cold Water cure that involves the use of water for pain relief and treatment. Claridge is widely credited with introducing the methods of the founder of modern hydrotherapy Vincent Priessnitz to England, and for initiating the populist movement of the time. Claridge was first introduced to hydropathy attending Priessnitz's establishment at Graefenberg in 1841. Crediting the methods Priessnitz had created for saving the life of his daughter, Claridge avidly began to promote the system, writing this work 'Hydropathy; or, The Cold Water Cure, As Practised by Vincent Priessnitz' in 1842. The text was largely formed from notes on his own experiences, observations of other patients' experiences, observations of the methods employed, and from his discussions with Priessnitz and other patients during his stay in Graefenberg. A scarce first edition copy, with a preface dated 21 January 1842, as called for. With a frontispiece plate depicting several stages of Priessnitz's Cold Water Cure. Rebound in a lovely quarter cloth binding, with a morocco label tipped to the spine and attractive marbled paper over boards. With publisher's advertisements to the front of the work dated 'January, 1842', and another to the rear of the work.
Rebound in a lovely quarter cloth binding with marbled paper over boards. Externally lovely with only minor shelf wear to extremities. Bookseller's label tipped to front pastedown. Internally firmly bound. Pages slightly age toned but bright with the odd spot and handling mark to the occasional page. Light scattered spots to portrait frontispiece place. Faint tidemark to lower fore edge of frontispiece plate, not affecting image. Tear to page 1 of publisher's advertisements to front of work, repaired with tape to verso. Age toning and marking to final page of text.
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