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THOMPSON, Sir Henry   6 August 1820-1904


For Thompson's biography see "The versatile Victorian being the life of Sir Henry Thompson, Bt 1820-1904" by Zachary Cope, London: Harvey and Blythe Ltd, 1951. Born in Framlingham, Suffolk, Thompson was a prominent surgeon and social reformer. He was famous in society for his dinners for eight men which he called "octaves". His interest in food was not restricted by any of the "isms" current in his day, such as the more rigid forms of vegetarianism. In his widely read book, "Diet in relation to age and activity", first issued in 1886, he comments, "But why should we limit by dogma or otherwise man's liberty to select his food and drink?... the great practical rule of life in regard to human diet will not be found in enforcing limitation of the sources of food which Nature has abundantly provided."

  • Food and feeding
  • Subjects: gastronomy,

    • 1. Food and feeding. | By | Sir Henry Thompson, F.R.C.S., &c. | Reprinted from the "Nineteenth Century," | with considerable additions | and an appendix.
      London: Frederick Warne and Co; [1880]
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-vii] viii-ix [x], [1] 2-147, [i-iii] publ ads   Brown cloth  
      GB:   LB   *LG   LWel   LoEN   OB  

      The preface is dated 1 June 1880. It states, "The following pages contain the substance of two articles which originally appeared in the Nineteenth Century Review, under the title of "Food and feeding," in the summer of last year."

    • 2. — [Title as first edition] | Second edition.
      London: Frederick Warne and Co; nd
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-v] vi [vii] viii-ix [x], [1] 2-148, [i-ii] ads   Green cloth  
      GB:   *Priv coll  
      US:   DLC   NjP   DNLM   MB   NN  

      The preface is dated December 1880.

    • 3. — Food and feeding. | By | Sir Henry Thompson, F.R.C.S., &c. | With an appendix. | Third edition. | Considerably enlarged.
      London: Frederick Warne and Co; [1884]
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-vii] viii-x, [1] 2-174, [i-viii] publ ad   Green cloth  
      Bib:   B459  
      GB:   LB   *LCF   LL   LWel   LoEN   OB  
      US:   DLC   CtY   PPC   PPFr   ICJ   MB  

      The preface to the third edition is dated March 1884.

    • 4. — Food and feeding. | By | Sir Henry Thompson, F.R.C.S., &c. | With an appendix. | Fourth edition. | Considerably enlarged.
      London and New York: Frederick Warne and Co; [1885]
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-vii] viii-x, [1] 2-174, [i-viii] publ ads   Brown cloth  
      GB:   *ScGUSc  
      US:   DHEW   DNLM   ViU   NIC   MCR   PPYH   NN   OClW-H  

      The preface to the fourth edition is dated November 1885.

    • 5. — Food and feeding. | By | Sir Henry Thompson, F.R.C.S., &c. | With an appendix. | Fifth edition. | Considerably enlarged.
      London and New York: Frederick Warne and Co; 1887
      18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-vii] viii-x, [1] 2-174, [i-viii] publ ads   [2s 6d on p viii of publ ads]   Brown cloth  
      GB:   *LWel  

    • 6. — Food and feeding. | By | Sir Henry Thompson, | F.R.C.S., M.B. Lond., &c. | With an appendix. | Sixth edition. | Partially re-written and considerably enlarged.
      London and New York: Frederick Warne and Co; 1891
      18.0 x 12.5 cm   Pp [i-v] vi [vii] viii-x, [1] 2-222   Blue cloth  
      GB:   *LCF   LL   OB  

      The preface to the sixth edition is dated February 1891.

    • 7. — Food and feeding. | By | Sir Henry Thompson, | F.R.C.S., M.B. Lond., &c. | With an appendix. | Seventh edition. | Partially re-written and considerably enlarged.
      London and New York: Frederick Warne and Co; 1891
      18.5 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-v] vi [vii] viii-x, [1] 2-222   Red cloth  
      GB:   LCF   *OPo(F)  
      US:   WU   OClW   PPD   MtBC  

      The sixth and seventh editions were issued in the same year.

    • 8. — Food and feeding. | By | Sir Henry Thompson, | F.R.C.S., M.B. Lond., &c. | With an appendix. | Eighth edition. | Partially re-written and considerably enlarged.
      London and New York: Frederick Warne and Co; 1894
      18.0 x 12.5 cm   Pp [i-v] vi [vii] viii-x, [1] 2-222   Blue cloth  
      Bib:   Noling 404  
      Can:   BVaUB  
      GB:   *WYoLU(B)  
      US:   MiEM   OU  

      The preface to the eighth edition is dated May 1894.

    • 9. — Food and feeding | by | Sir Henry Thompson | F.R.C.S., M.B. Lond., etc. | With an appendix | Ninth edition, enlarged and revised
      London and New York: Frederick Warne and Co; 1898
      20.0 x 13.0 cm   Pp [1-5] 6-312   Green cloth with menu on front  
      Bib:   B460  
      GB:   LL   LWel   *LoEN   OB  
      US:   IU   NIC   TxU   CtY   PPD   MH   DNLM  

      The preface to the ninth edition is dated June 1898.

    • 10. — Food and feeding | by | Sir Henry Thompson | F.R.C.S., M.B. Lond., etc. | With an appendix | Tenth edition
      London and New York: Frederick Warne and Co; 1898
      19.5 x 13.0 cm   Pp [1-5] 6-312   Blue cloth with menu on front  
      GB:   *Priv coll  

    • 11. — Food and feeding | by | Sir Henry Thompson, Bart. | F.R.C.S., M.B. Lond., etc. | With an appendix | Tenth edition
      London and New York: Frederick Warne and Co; 1899
      19.5 x 12.5 cm   Pp [1-5] 6-312   Green cloth with menu on front  
      GB:   LB   *WYoLU(B)  
      US:   DLC   OClW   ICJ   PPC   MB   NIC  

      There were two editions numbered tenth, one in 1898 and this edition of 1899.

    • 12. — [Title as 1899] | Eleventh edition
      London and New York: Frederick Warne and Co; 1901
      20.0 x 13.0 cm   Pp [1-5] 6-312   Blue cloth with menu on front  
      GB:   LB   *LCF  
      US:   PPHa  

      The preface to the eleventh edition is dated July 1901.
      The half-title of the LCF copy is inscribed "Herman Senn Esq. With the authors [{{sic}}] kind regards & good wishes. July 1901 HT".

    • 13. — [Title as 1899] | Twelfth edition
      London and New York: Frederick Warne and Co; nd
      20.0 x 13.0 cm   Pp [1-5] 6-320   Blue cloth  
      Can:   AEUA  
      GB:   LB   *LCS   LWel   LoEN   OB  
      US:   NIC   DNLM   Or   ViU   PPC   CFS  

      LB, LoEN and OB date this edition [1910].% American editions: NUCat cites New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879, pages 119. "Copyright 1877" is printed on the binding. This edition was part of "Harper's half-hour series".
      NUCat also cites an American edition dated 1870 at MB. The catalogue entry is, however, incorrect and the edition is, in fact, the 1879 edition just described.


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