Perhaps this website has begun to have an impact on the near
invisibility of the once-popular institution of the Victorian Turkish
Or perhaps not?
In any event, a warm welcome must surely be given to the first book to
be published on the design of the Turkish bath for nearly ninety years.
And even if a closer examination shows that this is a facsimile reprint
in paperback of the well-known J J Cosgrove work first published in
1913, its publication is still a remarkable event.
This North American work, published 23 years after Robert Owen Allsop's
The Turkish bath (often referred to on this site), is more technical
than the British book. But the two well complement each other: Allsop
was an architect and his emphasis was on the design, furnishing, and
fitting of the Turkish bath; Cosgrove was a sanitary engineer whose
emphasis was on the heating and plumbing aspects. But each produced a
volume which was, in its author's view, a comprehensive treatment.
The book runs to nearly 200 pages and includes the original
illustrations which might, perhaps, have been reproduced with more
clarity. There are also numerous diagrams and tables, and even some
questions and calculations, together with worked solutions.
It would be fascinating to know which market Books for Business, the New
York and Hong Kong publishers, are aiming the reprint at. The price, too
high even to contemplate here in print, will tend to ensure that the
book will, almost without exception, be purchased by libraries.
We wish the book well, and would love to hear from those whose studies
or research make it an important source of relevant information.
This page revised
14 November 2015