CASTELL OF HELTH Corrected in some places augmented, by the first author thereof, Sir Thomas Elyot knight, the yere of our lorde 1541
[Early English Health and Medicine]; Elyot, Sir Thomas
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(London: Imprinted at London in Fletestrete, in the house of Thomas Berthelet, Cum privilegio ad imprimendum solum, [1548-1550?], A VERY RARE EARLY PRINTING OF THE POPULAR TREATISE ON MEDICINE. The author is especially memorable for his championship and use of English prose for subjects then customarily treated in Latin. Both as a philosopher and as a lexicographer, he endeavoured to "augment our Englysshe tongue" as a medium for ideas. His Castel of Helth was a popular regimen of health that, written in the vernacular and by a layman (although he had received some instruction in medicine), incurred censure but was widely read. Elyot intended to place a scientific knowledge of the art of medicine within the reach of those unacquainted with Greek. This work, though scoffed at by the faculty, was appreciated by the general public. Very Early Printed Edition in English. Black letter, title within a metalcut border dated 1534 (McKerrow and Ferguson 30), woodcut initials. 131 x 85 mm., bound in old calf, now restored at the back and with endleaves renewed. A rare survival of a very early printed English book. A-N8 (-N8), 103 leaves foliated , 73, 68-90, without the final blank N8 only A well preserved copy of a rare book, title-leaf strengthened with tissue, corner of E4 with a tear affecting a shoulder note, corner of F4 clipped with loss of a catchword, one or two shoulder notes just shaved without any significant loss, light evidence of long ago encountered damp, a very good copy and a fine survival.