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The Spice Of Life: A Journey To Paris And A Cookery Book

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In 1698, King William III sent Lister to Paris as a medical attendant to William Bentinck. Lister was more interested in French wine and French natural philosophy than diplomacy. He had recorded his observations about his travels in his notebooks. Lister transformed the notes that he took on his journey into a travel memoir, entitled A Journey to Paris in the year 1698. He used his spare time to publish his medical textbook Dissertatio de Humoribus (1709), which synthesized all his previous publications in medicine. In his last days he cultivated an enormous garden replete with exotic fritillaries, remarried, and penned responses against persistent satirists. Through it all, he maintained a lively interest in making observations of natural world, continued to dissect specimens, and revisited the classical authors he had enjoyed as a student, publishing commentaries on Hippocrates and Roman cookbook by Apicius. He was a virtuoso to the last.

Keywords: A Journey to Paris in the year 1698; Apicius; cookery book; Dissertatio de Humoribus; garden; Martin Lister; medicine; virtuoso



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