An Early Treatise on Healthy Living and the Effects of Diet
ELYOT, Sir Thomas. castell of helth corrected and in some places augmented. by the first author therof, sir Thomas Elyot knight, the yere of our lorde 1541. London: in fletestrete in the house of Thomas Berthelet , 1541.
Eighteenth century calf, tooled in blind. Spine lettered and ruled in gilt. Board edges tooled in gilt. All edges speckled light green. Fore-edge of title-page frayed. Repairs along outer margins of leaves A5, A7 and A8, barely affecting text. Leaf I3, with upper, outer corner torn, but no loss of text. Some tiny wormholes and a bit of dampstaining, mainly to first few leaves. Boards a bit rubbed. Previous owner's bookplates on front and rear endpapers. Old ink notations to colophon, and some light early underscoring throughout. Housed in a full morocco slipcase. Overall very good.

"A popular, sensible treatise on healthful living, with sound and practical advice on the recognition of the commoner symptoms of disease, as well as what to do about them" (Hunt).

"Elyot's Castel of Helth completes the trilogy of his major works. It is an attempt to summarize the teachings of the ancient Greek and Roman physicians, especially Galen, so that English men and women may understand and regulate their health accordingly. It popularized the theory of the four humours and complexions, which became a basic part of the intellectual make-up of Renaissance Britain, and suggested medicines and treatments for a variety of ailments. Probably based on Elyot's studies with Linacre, it differed from Linacre's own writings, for Linacre translated the works of Galen from Greek to Latin, hoping to make them accessible to doctors but not wishing to allow ordinary men and women to diagnose their own complaints. It was Elyot who provided an accessible handbook in the vernacular." (Oxford DNB)

"Sir Thomas could have claimed therefore to be both the originator and chief representative of this genre of publication, the main characteristic of which was the provision of simple rules for a healthy diet and course of life." (Health, Medicine and Mortality in the Sixteenth Century, By Charles Webster)

STC 7647, Norman 705A, Hunt 155n, ESTC S121123

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