London: Smith, Elder, & Co, 1901.
Fourth edition, revised and enlarged, with a new preface. Illustrated. xii, , 192 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Rose cloth. Spine slightly dull, small stain on back board. Very good. Item #257183
Attractive copy of the fourth edition of this pioneering work by surgeon, collector, gastronome, and author Sir Henry Thompson (1820-1904), a proponent of cremation beginning in the 1870s.
Thompson “was largely instrumental in founding the Cremation Society, of which he was president. Plans were made to establish a crematorium at Woking, but due to considerable opposition it was not until 26 March 1885 that the first cremation was carried out. In 1902 he played a leading part in the company that built Golders Green crematorium, and his efforts to improve the accuracy of death certification were incorporated in the Cremation Act of the same year” (ODNB).