An Essay on Abstinence from Animal Food, as a Moral Duty. JOSEPH RITSON.
An Essay on Abstinence from Animal Food, as a Moral Duty.

Muffins, Cake, Cheese, Bread, Milk, Beer & Ale

An Essay on Abstinence from Animal Food, as a Moral Duty.

Place and Imprint: London: Printed for Richard Phillips, 1802.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Bronson, Joseph Ritson, Scholar at Arms, 27; Bitting, Gastronomic Bibliography, page 399.
Condition: Text lightly to moderately foxed and browned; a good, but not ideal, copy.
Book ID: 28719

Physical Description

8vo, modern brown half cloth, marbled paper boards, gilt lettering, Without the four pages of publisher's terminal advertisements.


An interesting treatise by antiquary Joseph Ritson (1752-1803) advocating the vegetable diet. Ritson was a committed vegetarian, whose diet, according to his biographer Bertrand Bronson, consisted of muffins, cake, cheese, bread, milk, beer and ale. His Essay, in ten chapters, draws from many quarters, from Hesoid to Goldsmith, for examples and tales supporting his contention about the benefits of the vegetarian diet. “The book was a labor of love - love for the animals, but especially love for passionately held convictions” - Bronson. Among the chapter headings are “Animal food not necessary for the purpose of strength or corpulency,” “Animal food pernicious,” “Health, spirits, and quickness of perception promoted by a vegetable diet,” etc. Ritson's publisher, Richard Phillips, was also a vegetarian. This copy has the annotations of at least two early readers, who appear not to always be in agreement with Ritson's controversial arguments. One annotation notes a literary connection: "Charles Lamb's origin of roast pig."

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