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(ARMSTRONG, John). The Art of Preserving Health. A Poem.
London: Printed for A. Millar, ..., 1744. First edition. 4to., full contemporary calf, raised bands, gilt compartments, (2)m 134pp. [1], B-R4, S3. Some rubbing along the spine joints, head of spine chipped otherwise a very nice copy. Rothschild 56, Osler 4335.

John Armstrong [1709-1799] Scottish physician who published several essays and poems. This work is divided into four parts; Book I--Air; Book II--Diet; Book III--Exercise and Book IV--Passions. This was the work that established Armstrong's reputation as a writer. “Warton praises it for classical correctness; Dr. Beattie predicted that it would ‘make him known and esteemed by posterity....’” Warton stated, “To describe so difficult a thing, gracefully and poetically, as the effects of distemper on a human body, was reserved for Dr. Armstrong, who accordingly hath executed it at the end of his third book of The Art of Preserving Health, where he hath given us that pathetick account of the sweating sickness. There is a classical correctness and closeness of style in this poem that are truly admirable, and the subject is raised and adorned by numberless poetical images.” (Allibone).

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