THOMPSON, Sir Henry.

Modern Cremation. Its history and practice with information relating to the recently improved arrangements made by the Cremation Society of England.

London: Kegan Paul, Trench & Co... .1889

Small 8vo, pp. viii, 95, 41+(5) advertisements, frontispiece. Original maroon cloth. Tissue guard foxed slightly affecting frontispiece and title, otherwise a fine copy. Receipt for life membership of The Cremation Society of England, signed by the secretary and dated December 1889, pasted to the front endpapers.

FIRST EDITION. Thompson was the first in England to draw attention to the subject of cremation. “Experiments had been recently made in Italy, but a cremation society, the first of its kind in Europe, was founded in London, chiefly by Thompson’s energy, in 1874. From that time onwards he acted as the president, and did all in his power to promote the practice in England and on the Continent...” (DNB).


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