London:: Printed for Edward and Charles Dilly. 1773. hardcover. ¶ Sm. 8vo. xxxvii, , 136 pp. Engraved frontispiece. Apparently. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR, Inscribed to Mr. Betteroth[?] (facing p.. 120). Original calf, rebacked with handsome new spine and red morocco. gilt-stamped spine label. Bookplate of Hastings Nathaniel Middleton.. Some minor ink annotations to the title. Very good.. Originally issued in 1729 under a slightly different title and then again reissued in 1739. This is the third edition. Brown was an enthusiastic angler, and in 1750, at the suggestion of Dr. Johnson, brought out an edition of Walton and Cottons Compleat Angler ¶ Regarding the provenance: The practice of domestic psychiatry was often unrecorded in historical sources easily accessible to medical historians. Layers of secrecy that surrounded a lunatic in the family have hindered research. Fortunately, one detailed and extremely candid account has survived: the account of the madness Anne Frances Middleton by her son Hastings Nathaniel Middleton, a banker in London. I first examine the practice of domestic psychiatry expressed in Middletons private letters. As is often the case with lay understanding of illness, a familys understanding of insanity was not a systematized body of knowledge but rather a flexible fabric of strategies for dealing with lunatics. It is thus somewhat misleading to impose on it the structure of medical learning, nearly laid out in psychiatric textbooks at that time. The father died in 1807. The around 1816 while the mother was living in Bath, her illness developed. Middleton was first informed of his mothers mental disturbance by his aunt towards the end of August 1816. Subsequent letters from Bath to Turnbridge Wells [his residence] told that his mother was getting worse despite medical treatment. In one letter he was informed that she sits absorbed, and seldom speaks, but rises her eyes to Heaven in prayer, goes out daily in a carriage and wheel-chair, is blooded, and blistered to quell the irritability. Another letter informed him that the mind [was] infinitely more diseased than the body. Letters in early October made him recognize the painful fact that his mother was suffering from serious mental illness [pp. 95-6]. – See: Akihito Suzuki, Madness at Home: The Psychiatrist, the Patient, and the Family in England, 1820-1860. University of California Press, 2006. ¶ Moses Browne (1704 – September 1787) was a pen-cutter from Clerkenwell, London, England who became a poet and eventually rose amongst the ranks of the Church of England. He made various contributions to the Gentlemans Magazine, founded by Edward Cave at St. Johns Gate in 1731, who awarded Browne several prizes for his contributions. Browne mixed with some distinguished literary figures of his time, including befriending Samuel Johnson. Browne was appointed vicar of Olney, Buckinghamshire in 1753. In 1764, Browne took on the post of Chaplain at Morden College in Blackheath, London. He remained vicar of Olney at the same time as vicar of Sutton, Lincolnshire until his death in 1787. ¶ John Bartlett, Catalogue of Books on Angling: Including Ichthyology ... (1882), page 15; DNB, III, pp. 52-3; Thomas Westwood, Thomas Satchell, Bibliotheca piscatoria a catalogue of books on angling, the ... (1883), pp. 43-4. FULL TITLE: Angling Sports: in nine Piscatory Eclogues. A new attempt to introduce a more pleasing Variety and Mixture of Subjects and Characters into Pastoral. On the Plan of its primitive Rules and Manners. Suited to the Entertainment of Retirement, and the Lovers of Nature in rural Scenes. With an Essay in Defence of this Undertaking. The third edition. . 11 (Inventory #: LV2071)
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