Guidott, Tho. [Thomas] : A Discourse of Bathe, and the Hot Waters There. Also Some Enquiries into the Nature of the Water of St. Vincent's Rock, near Bristol: and that of Castle-Cary. To which is added, A Century of Observations, more fully declaring the


 

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London, Printed for Henry Brome, 1676, 1st Edition. Hardcover, 8vo 8" - 9" tall, [32] 200pp. Full calf rebacked with contrasting spine labels bearing gilt titles, boards with gilt ruled border, modern endpapers, engraved allegorical frontis with explanation on facing page, folding map of the city of Bath before title page, map with 2" tear to lower edge and one fold strengthened on verso, 3 engraved plates [2 folding], seperate title page to each part, one page with a few ink spots and a little bronwing in parts but mostly clean and bright.

Thomas Guidott was a physician and antiquary who studied medicine at Oxford before settling in Bath in 1667. There he received the support of the physicians John Maplet and Samuel Bave, both long established in the city and Guidott soon built up his practice. Guidott also worked to establish a national reputation for both himself and for the city of Bath and from 1669 he published a series of works about the waters of Bath, about Bath's history as a therapeutic centre and about the physicians of Bath. Guidott's reputation was such that he was offered positions as professor at both Venice and Leiden. Guidott declined, remaining in Bath where he carried out experiments on the chemical composition of its waters. In this work he discusses his analyses of Bath waters which showed that the water contains nitre, sulphur and several salts of metals.

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