Pearls at Random Strung 1908 Charles H Piggott SIGNED ~ Eccentric work on Disease & Health ~ Portland, Oregon


Title: Pearls at Random Strung or Life's Tragedy from Wedding to Tomb, including The Scientific Causes of All Diseases, Poverty, Premature Death and Longevity

Author: C. H. [Charles Henry] Piggott

Description: Inscribed by Piggott on ffep. Boards in brick-colored cloth with stylized white and gold lettering on the front cover. Some uneven fading on rear cover, else a clean and crisp copy. Frontispiece portrait of author. x, [11]-110 pages.

Piggott's somewhat eccentric work on the causes and alleviation of disease, which also includes elements of his salutary personal philosophy, as well as some original poetry. He states that his suggestions, if adhered to, will result in ''a long life, free from aches, pains and diseases.'' He addresses various parts of the body, many different diseases and ailments, diet, issues like suicide, parental child murder, mental hygiene, Christian charity, marriage, Indian Schools, and work. He is critical, though not necessarily condemnatory, of what he calls ''credists'' (including Seventh-Day Adventists and followers of Christian Science) and the ''Breakfast Food'' fad. Charles Henry Piggott (1850-1924) is probably best known for the folly castle he built in southwest Portland, alternatively known as Piggott's Castle, Gleall Castle, or the Charles Piggott House. The Oregon historian Fred Lockley described Piggott in 1914 as ''a lawyer, a poet, a civil engineer, a philosopher, a bricklayer, a dreamer, a speculator, an author, a wood dealer, a hater of shams, a builder of air castles and of real castles, a thinker, and an odd genius.''

The inscription reads: ''To E M Wiese / with the compliments / of the author. / Sept 20 [year?] / ''Hic labor hoc / opus est'' / C H Piggott''.

Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Very Good+

Publisher: [Published by the author / Printed by A. E. Kern & Company]
Place: Portland, Oregon
Year: 1908

Keywords: Oregon author, Portland, Gleall Castle, Piggott Castle, Charles Piggott House, health, wellness, antique, eccentric,

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