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London: Prined for G. Kearsley..., 1791. 8vo, 207 x 126 mms., pp. lvi , 46o including half-title, contemporary sheepskin, crudely rebacked, binding worn; a fair copy, with the contemporary presentation inscription on the verso of the half-title, "A Gift of/ Mrs. Wood/ To Mrs Mary [?Bence]." The Monthly Review for 1789 listed an earlier edition of this book along with Cookery and Pastry by Mrs. Maciver, noting, "It is cruel to tantalize us with books of this kind. We can only lick our lips, and put them aside." The English Review, Or, An Abstract of English and Foreign Literature, for 1789 reviewed the "New Edition" of that year: "That there are many publications on the subject of cookery, Mrs. Cole is ready to admit; but however extraordinary it may appear, she informs us that the number of treatises on that useful art have rendered another absolutely necessary. In most of them she has found something to approve, and something to condemn. The receipts of both kinds, therefore, she has either retained or rejected, according to her own judgment assisted by the opinion of others, who are conversant in the culinary profession. To render the work more generally useful, Mrs. Cole had added, by way of supplement, instructions for brewing in all its branches; with a system of domestic medicine under the the title of The Family Physician. So far as we can judge, without any experimental proof of Mrs. Cole's abilities, she appears to be an intelligent cook; and her performance, we doubt not, will be found extremely useful." Cagle 623 (Book ref. 8001)
London: Printed for J. and J. Pemberton...., 1737. 8vo,, 195 x 117 mms., pp. [xviii], 354, xv [xvi - xviii adverts], engraved frontispiece, 6 folding engraved plates, contemporary panelled calf, recent reback with spine blocked in gilt; lower half of R8 (pp. 257 - 258) cut neatly away but replacement leaf supplied in facsimile. A very good copy, with the later autograph "Ann Storkburne" on the front paste-down end-paper, and a family recipe in a later hand on the verso of the frontispiece; and further recipes in the same hand on the recto of the final blank. Perhaps it is worth recording that leaf which has had the lower portion removed contained on the verso (page 258), instruction "To promote Breeding." An earlier owner might have thought this too much information. Ms. Smith's identity remains obscure, but hers was probably the most popular and influential cook book to be published in the 18th century, and it was the first English cook book to be published in the American colonies, in Virginia, in 1742. The work neatly consolidates the vast improvements in cooking in middle-class 18th century houses, where an edacious Englishman could aspire to the menus of his social superiors. However, since the book includes the first printed recipe for "katchup," perhaps there was still room for refinement. The earliest edition recorded in ESTC is the second edition, published in 1728. ESTC N16071 locates copies in Edinburgh University Library, Totnes Museum, Wellcome; College of William and Mary, Cornell, Kansas State, Radcliffe, U. S. National Library of Medicine, University of California San Diego; Wanganui Regional Museum. This appears to be an undifferentiated reprint of the 8th edition, also published in 1737. (Book ref. 7934)
Paris, Chez Pierre-Guillaume Cavelier..., 1778. FIRST FRENCH TRANSLATION. 8vo, pp. xii, 582 [583 - 584 Approbation], contemporary mottled calf, spine ornately gilt in compartments, morocco label; top of spine chipped, but generally a very good and attractive copy. De Villebrune provides a brief biography of Rosen (1706 - 1773), as well as a list of his writings (without dates). Rosen's book was first published in Swedish in 1765. The first book in English to survey diseases of children was that of Michael Underwood, Treatise on the Diseases of Children (1784). (Book ref. 7241)
Londini: Impensis Joannis Hinton..., 1752. FIRST EDITION of volume 2. 2 volumes. 8vo, 205 x 123 mms., pp. [iv], xxx, 161 [162 blank], 38 [39 - 42 Index]; xix [xx Errata], 208, one engraved plate in first volume, contemporary calf, rebacked, red leather labels; tear in fore-margin of F4 slightly affecting text, edges browned, corners worn. John Huxham (1692 - 1768) gained his M. D. at Rheims in 1717; he returned to Devon, where he had been born, but later moved to Plymouth. He was elected to the Royal Society in 1739 but achieved medical fame in 1750 with his Essay on Fevers and their Various Kinds. Although there was some dubious scandal attached to Huxham in his early years in Plymouth, the Leipzig scholar and physician, G. D. Reidel, said of him in 1764, "who has so much as hailed our art from the threshold, who has yet never heard the great name of HUXHAM?" The Victorian biographer of English physicians, William Munk, in a modified version of earlier assessment of Huxham, concluded that Huxham "by a life of unimpeachable correctness...obtained universal respect." (Book ref. 6983)
Bristol: Printed by J. Mills... For R. Phillips..., 1802, 1803. FIRST EDITION. 3 volumes, 220 x 134 mms., pp. [iv], 92, [2], 94, 84, 98; [iv], 94, 95 [96 advert], 102, [2], 168, 8]; [iv], 208, 86, [2], 96, with each essay separately paginated, contemporary polished half calf, gilt rules across spines, with red morocco titling labels, small circular black numbering labels, marbled boards (very slightly rubbed); upper front joint of volume 1 very slightly cracked, but generally a fine and attractive set. The reputation of Beddoes (1760 - 1808), particularly in the field of medical ethics, benefits from present-day sympathies for the medical problems and pathologies he describers. His topics in these volumes including such matters as the mans of avoiding habitual illness and premature death, personal imprudence, exercise, temperance, scrofula, consumption, nervous disorders, melancholia, etc. However, he also worried about the "evils of consumer goods imported from the emerging empire, such as tea and coffee. To Beddoes, novels were worse still, for by the time he was writing, 'nerve medicine' was all the rage and doctors were taking an interest in the mind" (Madeline Minson, THE (January 2004). DNB notes that Humprhy Davy said of him when he died, that, "at the moment," says Davy, "when his mind was purified for noble affections and great works...," while Robert Southey observed that he had "hoped for more good to the human race [from Beddoes] than any other individual...." Beddoes obtained his M. D. from Oxford, where he had a dispute with Bodley's librarian, John Price, about foreign books and journals. More recently, George C. Grinnell in an article published in 2006 has noted, "The three volumes of Thomas Beddoes' Hygeia: or Essays Moral and Medical, on the Causes Affecting the Personal State of our Middling and Affluent Classes (1802-3) constitute a text that deserves to be read on its own merits for the rich examination it offers of the contours of a deployment of health in Georgian Britain. Hygeia offers a capacious understanding of the 'physical or ideal pleasure and pain' affecting the minds and bodies of the middle classes in Britain, and assigns particular priority to nervous disorders among an increasingly hypochondriacal society" (Studies in Romanticism). Roy Porter, "Plutus or Hygeia? Thomas Beddoes and the Crisis of Medical Ethics in Britain at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century," in The Codification of Medical Morality (1993),, pp. 73 - 91. (Book ref. 6623)
London: Printed for T. Becket and P. A. De Hondt..., 1768. 8vo, pp. xxxii [xxxiii - xxxvi Contents], 620, contemporary calf; pp. 594 - 600 damp-stained, joints cracked, top and base of spine chipped, corners worn, lacks label. With the contemporary inscription "Ednd. Burford Junr.// ex done Patris/ Anno Domini Jany. 1769" on the recto of the front free end-paper. The first English translation of Tissot's work was published in 1765, and its immediate popularity documented an increasing awareness by a growing middle-class population of health matters. Tissot (1728 - 1797), a Swiss general practitioner, published his work in 1761. Two years earlier, he had published L'Onanisme, about the dangers of masturbation. (Book ref. 5792)
London. Printed for T. Longman..., 1739. 12mo, pp. [ii], ix [x blank], 167 [168 adverts], with contemporary printed extracts from journals pasted to verso of last end-paper and on rear paste-down end-paper, recently rebound in quarter calf, raised bands between gilt rules on spine, morocco label, marbled boards, new end-papers. With "Js. Walker's 1746" on the upper margin of the title-page. Banyer (1690 - 1749) published this work in 1718, and this was the last edition to be published in the 18th century. (Book ref. 5194)
Edinburgh and London: Oliver and Boyd, 1927. FIRST EDITION. 4to, pp. xv [xvi blank], 182 [183 epigraph, 184 printer's imprint], portrait, illustrations, original cloth, embossed in gilt. A very good copy. Loosely inserted is a fine pencil sketch of Logan Turner. (Book ref. 3840)
London: Printed for R. Ware, J. Knapton...[et al], 1756. 2 volumes in 1. 4to, pp. xxiv, 334; iv [v - x Contents], 355 [356 - 364 "The Explication of the Plates", four folding engraved plates at end of volume 2, 20th century library cloth; text browned throughout, ex-library. (Book ref. 3480)
In Venezia...Presso Giambattista Pasquali, 1747. FIRST ITALIAN EDITION. 8vo, pp. 254, engraved frontispiece, 5 folding engraved plates at end, original lightly speckled boards, paper label on spine; fore-margins of pp. 175 - 184 slightly creased, slight wear to spine, but generally a very fresh and attractive copy. Abbé Nollet was the first to recognize the importance of sharp points on the conductors in the discharge of electricity. This was later applied practically in the construction of the lightning-rod. He also studied the conduction of electricity in tubes, in smoke, vapours, steam, the influence of electric charges on evaporation, vegetation, and animal life. His discovery of the osmosis of water through a bladder into alcohol was the starting-point of that branch of physics. Sir William Watson contributed papers on electricity to the Royal Society of London in 1745 and 1746 and published a volume of his experiments with electricity in 1746. Watson's contribution occupies pp. 197 - 254 of the above volume and is dated 20 October 1746. COPAC locates a copy at CUL; RLG locates copies in Harvard, Smithsonian, and the National Library of Medicine. (Book ref. 3207)
Bristol: Printed for D. Hammond..., 1697. FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. [xxxiv], 399 [400 adverts], including errata leaf before first page of text, contemporary calf, early reback, morocco label; portion of title (from "Robert" to "1697") cut away and replaced in identical type and similar paper (reason unknown), lower margin of Y3 torn, with loss of signature and catchword on p. 325, very narrow inner margins from rebinding, lacking the map often found before page 1 (although it appears never to have been inserted), hinges cracked, later end-papers, a little rubbed. Pierce (1622 - 1710), who also spelled his name "Peirce," was one of the most acute and original medical practitioners of his day. Bath Memoirs is really a case-book of various people whom he treated; a second edition, entitled The History and Memoirs of the Bath appeared in 1713. In 1689, he became a member of the Royal Society of Physicians. ODNB notes, "He had earned this honour by many original observations, which he eventually published in 1697 in his Bath Memoirs. He is probably the first English writer to note the now well-known occurrence of acute rheumatism as a sequel to scarlet fever; and his account of Major Arnot's case, in which muscular feebleness of the arm followed the constant carrying of a heavy falcon on one fist, is the first suggestion of the condition later described as 'repetitive strain syndrome.'" Wing P 2163. (Book ref. 2854)
London: Printed for Geo. Strahan...and John and Paul Knapton..., 1742. 8vo, pp. [iv], xvi, iv, [xii], lxviii, 344, contemporary calf; gathering c (with Divisional titles) mis-folded, upper front joint very slightly cracked, but a very good copy. This is the book that Cheyne, writing to Samuel Richardson, regarded as the best that he had written; but it sold so poorly that he was obliged to indemnify the publishers (who, for the first edition of 1740, were C. Rivington and J. Leake, rather that Geo. Strahan, his usual publisher) against their losses. In Discourse II, Cheyne develops philosophically his own subjective preference for a vegetable diet, "Philosophical Conjectures about the Preference of Vegetable to Animal Food: And of the End and Design of Providence, in Appointing the First, and, on trial, Permitting the Latter." ESTC has two listings for the first edition in 1740 printing, with over 30 for each listing. An edition published in 1740 is also styled "The Second Edition" (ESTCT203382, locating copies at L, Ds:KU-M, N, PPL). The 1742 "Second Edition" (ESTCN2228) is located in only two libraries: MBCo and CaOTU. For the 1740 second edition, ESTC gives the following pagination: [4], xvi, iv, [2], lxviii, [2] 51, [3], 53-89, [3] ,91-117, [3], 119-191, [3], 193-344p. The pagination for the 1742 second edition is the same as the present copy . The pagination of the 1740 second edition is the same as the 1740 first edition, so the 1740 second edition would appear to be the sheets of the first edition with a cancel title-page, while the 1742 second edition is the "true" second edition. A third edition, printed for Dan Browne, R. Manby et al, appeared in 1753, with the word "medicin" in the title-page acquiring its final "e" on this occasion . To judge from the paginations given in ESTC for the first and third editions, the printing process was complicated, while that of the second edition was relatively straightforward, but the 1742 second edition is a rare book, but the extent of textual changes, if any, is unknown. (Book ref. 2728)
Paris, Chez Theophile Barrois..., 1784. Large 8vo, pp. [iii] - xxxviii [xxxix - xl Approbation], 1728, 19th century quarter sheepskin, gilt spine, marbled boards; base of spine defective. Jault's translation was first published in 1774. (Book ref. 2208)
A Montpellier, chez Jean Marten aine..., 1809. 4to, pp. 40 [41 argument, 42 blank], disbound; slight water-staining of inner margin. (Book ref. 2045)
Paris, Chez Mequignon..., An xi, - 1803. 8vo, pp. xxxv [xxxvi blank], 212, uncut, stitched as issued in original wrappers; last few leaves mis-numbered, edges a little worn. (Book ref. 1596)