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Health's improvement: or, rules comprizing and discovering the nature, method and manner of preparing all sorts of foods used in this nation

By MOUFET, THOMAS

subjects: food, health, medicine,

  • 1. Health's improvement: or, rules comprizing and discovering the nature, method and manner of preparing all sorts of foods used in this nation. Written by that ever famous Thomas Moffet, Doctor in Physick. Corrected and enlarged by Christopher Bennet-, Doctor in Physick, and Fellow of the College of Physicians in London. To which is now prefix'd, a short view of the author's life and writings, by Mr. [William] Oldys, and an introduction by R[obert] James, M.D.
    London: printed for T. Osborne   1746
    17 cm.   xxxii, 398 p.   3 sh. 6 d.  
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    1. Thomas Moffet or Muffet, or Muffett, or Moufet, or Mouffet (1553-1604), was a prominent London physician, MP for Wilton in 1597, father of 'Little Miss Muffet' of nursery-rhyme fame, and compiler of a MS on food; see DNB, vol. 1 3 (1909), pp. 548-50 (under Moffet); and Crahan, p. 54 (under Muffett). The spelling of his surname has caused some confusion among bibliographers and cataloguers, but as his very great and literate contemporary, Mr Will Shaxper, spelled his own surname in a dozen or more ways, the use of five was not remarkable. In an age when many English surnames were gradually hardening into their final forms, there was nothing holy about spelling. It is probable that his true surname was Moffat or Moffet, with the 'o' being pronounced 'u' as in 'cumpton' for Compton and 'montgumery' for Montgomery. The most frequently used versions seem to be Moufet and Moffet.
    2. See Wing STC, vol. 2 (1948), p. 443, for the 1st ed. See also A. H. T. Robb-Smith, MD, 'Doctors at Table', Joumal of the American

    Oxford, pp. 27-8