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18 JUN 2012

Muir Hunter Museum of Bankruptcy: New Acquisition - Basil Montagu on Fermented Liquors

Regular readers of the blog will be familiar with the work of Basil Montagu, the father of modern insolvency. I am currently working on a full length biography of the great man. The Muir Hunter Museum of Bankruptcy here at Kingston University has recently acquired a very rare work by Basil. It is as rare as hens' teeth. Here is the citation: 

Title: Some Enquiries into the effects of Fermented Liquors By a Water Drinker [B Montagu]

Contributor: Basil Montagu 1770-1851.

Publication Details: London, 1814. 

Physical Description: 8º. 

Scholars wishing to consult the work can contact me to arrange a visit. The work makes for fascinating reading and contains some wonderful pictures. The work is also full of humour and general interest to those who like a warming drink of an evening and indeed to those who do not! Here is a short extract from the preface to give you a flavour (sorry) of the work:

"If you mean to live long, said a physician to his patient, you must abstain from these fermented liquors. A week had scarcely elapsed ere they again met. "Well" asked the physician, "have you attended to my advice?""I have indeed, Doctor: and, if I persevere, I certainly shall live longer than ever man existed on earth: I have abstained for seven days, and they have been longer than any seven years of my life."

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