Wilmington, Del. Ferris Bros., Printers and Bookbinders, 1886. First edition. Original printed blue wrappers, 6.25 x 4.5 inches, [i-iv], -31,  pages. Spine of the wrappers splitting, with a few small chips and a small light ink splash to the upper wrapper; a little soiled; a very good copy. Item #18932
“When I was nineteen years of age I walked a thousand miles to overcome a constitutional ailment that was dragging me down to an early grave. I spent the winter of 1834 and ‘35 in South Carolina, and lived all the time on a little corn bread at each meal.” The benefits of a low diet, fresh air, and daily scrubbing of the skin with a stiff brush, illustrated by examples of men who lived to a hundred on twelve ounces of food a day, the relationship of seasickness to overeating, lean meats and vegetables preferred to foods that leave ashes in the blood, the native vigor of American corn a divine sign of favor, etc. This work of diet reform has a modern ring to it, and is evidently something of a Caleb Harland black tulip; Harlan (1814-1902) was a Delaware native from a Quaker family, a homeopathic doctor and an experimental farmer (his work on “green manure” or crop rotation was with a bent for Byronic couplets. (See for instance his Elflora of the Susquehanna, first published in 1879—not an uncommon book.) This title located on OCLC (3/2019) at Cornell only.