The Household Physician
1897, four volumes (complete) in a Talwin Morris binding
Second edition, revised and enlarged. Four volumes (complete). Hardbacks bound in Talwin Morris' Glasgow style design with gilt titling to each spine and upper board. Page edges dyed red.Each 26.5 × 17cm. 1104pp, with preface and contents bound in at the rear of vol 4 (in addition to the considerable index).
Full title: The Household Physician, A Family Guide to the Preservation of Health and to the Domestic Treatment of Ailments and Disease, with Chapters on Food and Drugs and First Aid in Accidents and Injuries.
A terrific late Victorian guide to health and well-being, with over 400 illustrations, both full-page and within the text. The books run into each other, but as a rough guide, Volume 1 is a general introduction and anatomy, minor ailments, volume 2 continues with ailments. Volume 3 is hygiene—water, ventilation, drugs, exercises etc, and volume 4 is first aid and treatment of minor ailments.
These four books are in very good condition for age. There is some rubbing and bumping to the boards, and some surface abrasions to the boards. The pages have light and infrequent foxing but the inner binding is sound. Overall, an attractive set in good order.