1740. Item #80987
MEDICAL, MORAL, AND PHILOSOPHICAL: SERVING TO ILLUSTRATE THE PRINCIPLES AND THEORY OF PHILOSOPHICAL MEDICIN, AND POINT OUT SOME OF ITS MORAL CONSEQUENCES. London: Printed for C. Rivington...and J. Leake, 1740. First edition. xvi + iv +  + lxviii +  + 344 pp/A2, b8, c3, B8 - F2; B8 - E2, , E3-8, F8 - G5, , G6-8, I3, , I4-8 - N8, , O8 - Z4. 8vo., calf with gilt spine with raised bands, gilt double rule to boards. Front board detached, lacks flyleaf; rear board nearly detached. Ex-library with bookplate to front pastedown, inkstamps to verso of title page and a few others. Occasional light foxing, some pencil margin marks, nicks to page edges, else very good. Dietary regimen (vegetarianism advised); Philosophical Conjectures about the Nature and Qualities of the Original Animal Body and of its Progressive state in its several Stages of Existence; Preference of Vegetable Food; A Philosophical Theory founded on Experiments of the Nature and Laws of Minute Inanimate Bodies, and their Systems, in general; Philosophical Conjectures on Spiritual Nature, and the Human Spirit in Particular; Philosophical Conjectures on Natural Analogy, Its Laws, and Some of its Consequences; abstract of discourses. Errata at end of text, p. 316. Cheyne was an advocate of the vegetarian diet, based on his own experiences (he was upwards of 400 pounds and attributed his reformation in part to abstaining from spirits and animal foods. Scarce.