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eBook Clean and decent: the fascinating history of the bathroom the water closet ePub

by Lawrence WRIGHT

  • ISBN: 0710046650
  • Category: Home Improvement and Design
  • Subcategory: Hobby
  • Author: Lawrence WRIGHT
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Routledge & Kegan Paul; New Ed edition (1984)
  • ePub book: 1462 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1441 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 876

Description

Engrossing and amusing, this classic illustrated history of the bathroom and water–closet, first published in 1960 . Somewhat interesting book regarding sanitary habits of the distant past. Was aware of a part of it, but this added to the warehouse of knowledge.

Somewhat interesting book regarding sanitary habits of the distant past. Didn't realize that it was first published in 1960 - makes me wonder if more books on the subject have come out since.

Clean and Decent book. Who would have supposed that the Romans had lagged hot-water pipes? That Queen Elizabeth I had a valve water-closet? That Louis IV had cushions in his bath? This informative and hilarious book leads the reader to believe that more may be learned about the past from bathrooms than from battlefields, and that patterns of social history are mirrored in the bathwater.

That Queen Elizabeth I had a valve water-closet? That Louis IV had cushions in his bath? This informative and hilarious book leads the reader to believe that more may be learned about the past from bathrooms than from battlefields.

That Queen Elizabeth I had a valve water-closet? That Louis IV had cushions in his bath? This informative and hilarious book leads the reader to believe that more may be learned about the past from bathrooms than from battlefields, and that patterns of social history are mirrored in the bathwater.

Clean and Decent, says the author, is meant to entertain, even if scholarship does keep breaking through

Clean and Decent, says the author, is meant to entertain, even if scholarship does keep breaking through.

Who would have supposed that the Romans had lagged hot-water pipes? that Queen Elizabeth I had a valve water-closet? that Louis XIV had . Deep Fresh : The Fascinating History of the Bathroom and the Water Closet.

Who would have supposed that the Romans had lagged hot-water pipes? that Queen Elizabeth I had a valve water-closet? that Louis XIV had cushions in his bath? that.

Wright, Lawrence, 1906-)

Wright, Lawrence, 1906-). London : Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1960. ) (page images at HathiTrust).

Find nearly any book by Lawrence Wright. Get the best deal by comparing prices from over 100,000 booksellers. ISBN 9780710006479 (978-0-7100-0647-9) Softcover, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1980.

Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Clean and Decent: The Fascinating History of. .This book leads the reader to believe that more may be learnt of the past from bathrooms rather than battlefields

This book leads the reader to believe that more may be learnt of the past from bathrooms rather than battlefields. For example, who would have supposed that the Romans had lagged hot-water pipes, or that Louix XIV had cushions in his bath?. Read full description. See details and exclusions.

By Lawrence Wright, . 8½ 5¾. Pp. xii + 284, numerous figs. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1960.

Lawrence Wright, "Civiltà in bagno", 1960.

281p paperback, excellent condition, from a Cambridge college library, some stamps otherwise very good

Comments

Najinn Najinn
Lightweight history of the bathroom and its equipment. As I was reading this I realized that I had read some of this book before. When I checked the publication date, I realized that "before" was while I was still in school, um, quite a few years ago. That said it is still a very entertaining read along the lines of "1066 and All That" mixed with some decent historical research. If you like dry English humor and outrageous puns as much as I do, you will enjoy this book.
Quttaro Quttaro
another recommended book by the same friend who recommended "Brothel in Pimlico" Sh really knows what is good. and this is good. looking forward to finishing it, just began to read it and enjoying it so far.
Molotok Molotok
Somewhat interesting book regarding sanitary habits of the distant past. Was aware of a part of it, but this added to the warehouse of knowledge. Didn't realize that it was first published in 1960 - makes me wonder if more books on the subject have come out since. The search continues...
Dondallon Dondallon
Still the very best book on the subject
Umi Umi
Who would have thought there was so much to learn about toilets and bathroom culture? This is a great primer for those who wonder just how people did bathe and perform 'ablutions' before the days of indoor plumbing and water-trapped toilets for all (or at least those of us in western countries). Written in 1960, it assumes a bit more familiarity than most of us have with English-style boilers and toilets, and more knowledge of history than the average high school graduate would have today. The language is a bit old-school, but in a descriptive fashion, and is never difficult to follow. It does contain several quotes in French and Latin without translations, but they are short, and not essential to the enjoyment of the book.
Clean & Decent is at its best when sharing tidbits and historical anecdotes (such as story of a householder how discovered that his royal houseguests had used his hallways, landings and cellars for their toilets). In the Penguin Classic History edition, an old fashioned font has been used, which, along with numerous black and white illustrations (not all of them very well produced or labelled, unfortunately), gives the book a great "old fashioned" feel.
It is sometimes uneven in its technical data. Some diagrams have quite full explanations, and others none at all. However, it never pretends to be a technical book, and provides a very extensive bibliography for anyone who's interested in the how-to's. Some diagrams and drawings also suffer in reproduction, and aren't very clear. The arrangement of the book isn't very intuitive, and it seems to jump back and forth in time, but then, so did humanity's knowledge of and desire for hygiene.
This is enjoyable light reading, especially for anyone interested in 'every day' history who wonders just how people went about at least one aspect of their daily business. It will also provide you with a never-ending supply of did-you-know's. While it's a shame that it wasn't revised and updated to include those other fascinating periods in bathrooms - the 50's and 60's - it's publication as a reprint of the original makes it a great piece of literary history on it's own.