Victorian Turkish Baths
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        Publication Date

        15 Nov 2015


        The first book to reveal the hidden history and explore the architecture, technology and sociology of the Victorian Turkish Bath in the British Isles and beyond. With almost 500 illustrations, a full bibliography, and an illustrated glossary, the book examines all aspects of the baths.

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          The first book to reveal the history, architecture, technology and sociology of the Victorian Turkish Bath in Britain.

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          Malcolm Shifrin

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          Malcolm Shifrin is a former librarian and has written extensively on the fascinating history and sociology of the bath.

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            1. Background to the Victorian Turkish bath
            2. Early history of the Victorian Turkish bath
            3. Problems and attitudes
            4. Victorian Turkish baths for all
            5. The world of the bather
            6. Victorian Turkish baths in the 21st century


              Retired librarian, Malcolm Shifrin has here produced a book that is unrivalled in most of its architectural insights and social understanding. It's a really good read ...
              Newsletter, Winter-Spring 2016 (01/2016)
              Malcolm Shifrin's Victorian Turkish Baths, an absorbing, scholarly and generously illustrated book, is also an elegy for an almost vanished piece of our social history and architectural heritage.
              Peter Parker
              RIBA Friends of Architecture, April 2016
              Malcolm Shifrin's magisterial and frequently surprising book charts the rise and fall of the Victorian Turkish bath movement ... Only a handful of Turkish baths survive in their original form and use. A whole world has been lost, but Malcolm Shifrin is to be commended for bringing it back to vivid life.
              Michael Scammell, South Downs National Park Authority
              IHBC, Context 144: May 2016
              ... a major act of historical recovery; it is also a true labour of love ... a sumptuous and delightful book, a tribute to Historic England who produced the volume ... Alas, very few Turkish baths remain today. Shifrin is the pre-eminent historian and archaeologist of this phenomenon. The Turkish bath endures at least through his pages.
              Rohan McWilliam
              Journal of Victorian Culture
              Given his acknowledged expertise on the subject of Turkish Baths, ... it is no surprise that Malcolm Shifrin has produced an excellent text ...
              Dave Day
              Social History
              ... Malcolm's coverage of the subject is comprehensive ...
              Graham Hudson
              The Ephemerist 172, Spring 2016
              ... the amount of information about the buildings and the processes within them is remarkable, the bibliography is extensive, and the glossary and four separate indices for people, places, users, and subjects are helpful.
              Timothy Brittain-Catlin
              Landscape History, Vol 37, Issue 2, 2016
              Shifrin is very thorough in his examination of the economics and personalities of the Turkish Bath business, but it is in his appreciation of the architecture of these baths that he excels ... It is one of the many virtues of this study that so many delightful photographs are provided ... Shifrin leave no stone unturned in his examination of all available sources, literary and archival.
              Alistair J. Durie, University of Stirling
              Industrial Archaeology Review, 38, 2, 146-147, November 2016
              ... his book is so appealing to the eye and so full of fascinating information that those with a more general interest in the Victorian period, or even the simply curious, will also find it a pleasure to read.
              Jaqueline Banerjee
              The Victorian Web, Cercles