The Way to Health, Long Life and Happiness: or, a Discourse of Temperance, and the Particular Nature of all Things, requisite for the Life of Man; as, all sorts of Meats, Drinks, Air, Exercise, &c. with special Directions how to use each of them to the best Advantage of the Body and Mind. Shewing from the true ground of Nature, whence most Diseases proceed, and how to prevent them. To which is added, a Treatise of most sorts of English Herbs (...). - T. Tryon 1697 - -, London - Third Edition ‘Communicated to the World for General Good’ - the third edition ‘To which is added a Discourse of the Philosophers Stone, or Universal Medicine, Discovering the Cheats and Abuses of those Chymical Pretenders"

My refusing to eat flesh occasioned an inconveniency, and I was frequently chid for my singularity. I made myself acquainted with Tryon's manner of preparing some of his dishes, such as boiling potatoes or rice, making hasty pudding, and a few others, and then proposed to my brother, that if he would give me, weekly, half the money he paid for my board, I would board myself. He instantly agreed to it, and I presently found that I could save half what he paid me. This was an additional fund for buying books.’ - Benjamin Franklin.

A rare and influential work on health and diet, i.a. promoting vegetarianism with regard to animal welfare and as a healthy lifestyle.
  Tryon's writings, a medley of mystical philosophy and dietetics seem curiously relevant today, advocating as they do, amongst other things, vegetarianism, temperance, meditation, conservation of the natural world and cleanness of living. Born in 1634 in the bucolic village of Bibury, Gloucestershire, Tyron had no formal education, but was a spinner and a shepherd in his youth, teaching himself to read and write. At the age of 18 he left Bibury without telling his parents and travelled on foot to London with £3 savings, where he became a hatter. Although Tyron eventually became a successful businessman and trading merchant he managed not to compromise his mystical beliefs. He had a horror of war, advocated animal rights, and was shocked by the cruelty of slavery which he saw at first hand when he travelled to Barbados. In the last two decades of his life he published 27 works on a wide range of subjects, including education, nutrition, abstinence from alcohol and tobacco, and treatment of slaves, Tyron passed away in 1703. The vegetarian poet Percy Shelley was also a follower.

Tyron has also been associated with the history of animal rights. Historians have described Tyron as the first known author to use the word "
rights" in regard to animals in his book ‘The Way to Health, Long Life and Happiness’. He commented that man "would fain be an absolute monarch or arbitrary tyrant, making nothing at his pleasure to break the laws of God, and invade and destroy all the rights and of the inferior creatures”.’

Provenance: John Chilton, name opposite page 1, dated 1708.

References: Simon,
Bibliotheca Gastronomica, 1481. Bitting, Gastronomic Bibliography, 466f. Cagle, A Matter of Taste, 1028. Maclean, Household and Cookery Books, 142. Oxford, English Cookery Books, 43 (in a note).

Octavo (binding size ), pp. [2] [1 (title)] [1] [4 (’To the reader’)] [2 (review)] [8 (’The Contents’)] 456, 24 [4].
  Recenty bound to style on speckled brown panelled calf, front and rear panels compartmentalised and decorated in blind, gilt centre motifs and blind rule to spine, burgundy morocco spine label in gilt, new endpapers.   Condition: Browning to first and last few pages, small wormhole to upper edges of central pages, a little extra light marks to title page, generally clean throughout, in fine binding.   Ref: 111775   Price: HK$ 18,000