Privies and Water Closets
By David Eveleigh
(Shire, Paperback, 9780747807025, 64pp.)
Publication Date: March 24, 2009
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Although Thomas Crapper is most commonly associated with the invention of the flushing toilet, his models were in fact the result of a long line of improvements to earlier designs which date back to ancient times. This book is an ideal introduction to the history of the toilet, tracing its development from the primitive - and very smelly - privy maiden to today's one-piece, all-ceramic WC. Illustrated with superb photographs, this book tells the intimate story of the lavatory.
David J Eveleigh is a museum curator, historian and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He specialises in domestic history and his eleven books include, Bogs, Baths and Basins the Story of Domestic Sanitation.
"How well did our ancestors manage without indoor bathrooms or running water? This book largely answers the question... authors of historical novels will find it a fascinating and welcome addition to their research library. I give this book three out of three Regency fans." - Jane Austen's World blog