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Old Map of Bath dated 1706 by Thomas Guidott

 

18th century City map of BathBath antique city map by Guidott
Bath by Guidott c. 1706
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Ancient Plan of the City of Bathe from Guidott 1706 Including the Melfort Cross from the Cross Bath. Plates from The History and Antiquities of the County of Somerset, collected from authentick records by the Reverend John Collinson F.A.S. Thomas Guidot, Kings, Cross, Hot and Cross Baths. Based on illustrations from Thermae Britanicae by Thomas Guidot, pub 1691.

Published by Samuel Buck, September 1st 1706. Very scarce.

Condition: Good bold imprint, repaired split to top centre, slight loss to bottom left corner of margin, engraving unaffected.

Title: An old town map of Bath dated 1706.
Medium: Copperplate engraving. Image Size: 200 x 276mm, 8 x 11 " approx.
Order No. 2787 Price: SOLD Paper Size: 225 x 295mm, 9 x 11.5 " approx.
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Biography:
Thomas Guidott (1638–1706), an English "doctor of physik" and writer, became one of the 17th century's most prolific physical scientists. Using the analytical techniques to detail and document the properties of the hot mineral springs at Bath. Guidott attended Dorchester School before studying Chemistry, Physics and Medicine at Wadham College, Oxford. In 1668 Guidott moved to Bath and set up an extensive medical practice there.

In 1669 he published his first book on Bath, recording both the history of the city and some case studies of the curative properties of the hot spring mineral waters that rose in the city and which had since Roman times fed a spa complex there. Bath's healing hot mineral springs During the 1670s he deepened his interested in the waters, in 1676 writing A discourse of Bathe, and the hot waters there. Also, Some Enquiries into the Nature of the water. Publication of this book helped poularise the health-giving properties of Bath's watersand brought them to the attention of the aristocracy, enabling the city to became a popular health resort. He went on to further publish Thermae Britanicae in 1691.

Early 18th century old town map of Bath after Guidott

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