Medicinal Waters. No 6. Chalybeate.
Writing sheet with wood-engraved vignette. 4pp., rare, image 110 x 90mm. (4¼ x 3½").
A scene of the interior of a spa, with an invalid woman in a bath chair, printed as a writing sheet probably designed for the visitors to the most famous source of Chalybeate waters (also known as ferruginous waters, containing iron salts), Tunbridge Wells. When discovered by Dudley North, 3rd Baron North, in 1606 the chalybeate waters of Tunbridge Wells could cure 'the colic, the melancholy, and the vapours; it made the lean fat, the fat lean; it killed flat worms in the belly, loosened the clammy humours of the body, and dried the over-moist brain'. Famous partakers include Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I, Queen Anne when Princess Anne of Denmark and Queen Victoria when princess.
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