1815.020: Plain Instructions for Patent Portable Warm and Hot Bath.

Published: 1815

Full Title: Plain instructions for using the patent portable warm and hot bath. By Samuel K. Jennings.

Author: Jennings, Samuel Kennedy (1771-1854).

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Argus Book Press

Description: 24 pgs. (12mo).


The multifaceted Jennings was, at this time, transitioning from life as a physician & editor in Lynchburg to one as a medical entrepreneur in Norfolk, where he would have this patented therapeutic bath manufactured; he had previously published a treatise on use of temperate baths to treat disease from Richmond press of Thomas Ritchie (1814.027); this item evinces his success in finding investors in his product and the beginning of its production; Jennings also evinces a determination to protect his patented therapy in a statement at the foot of the last printed page [p. 24]. The work bears a copyright notice dated February 14, 1815. In early 1815, the Argus Book Press was part of the estate of Samuel Pleasants, and about to be sold off to Arthur G. Booker, a Pleasants journeyman, in partnership with the manager of the Pleasants printing complex, John M. Burke; that combine was administered by Deborah Pleasants, the printer's widow and executrix; those circumstances inform attributions here.

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