The Siblys of London : a family on the esoteric fringes of Georgian England / Susan Mitchell Sommers.

  • Sommers, Susan Mitchell, 1961-
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About this work


"Ebenezer Sibly was a quack doctor, plagiarist, and masonic ritualist in late eighteenth-century London; his brother Manoah was a respectable accountant and a pastor who ministered to his congregation without pay for fifty years. The inventor of Dr. Sibly's Reanimating Solar Tincture, which claimed to restore the newly dead to life, Ebenezer himself died before he turned fifty and stayed that way despite being surrounded by bottles of the solution. [...] Drawing on such sources as ratebooks and pollbooks, personal letters and published sermons, burial registers and horoscopes, Susan Mitchell Sommers has woven together an engaging microhistory that offers useful revisions to scholarly accounts of Ebenezer and Manoah, while placing the entire Sibly family firmly in the esoteric byways of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries."--From jacket.


New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]

Physical description

xx, 340 pages : black and white illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-325) and index.



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    History of Medicine
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  • 9780190687328
  • 0190687320