Title: Peru: History of Coca. "The Divine Plant" of...
Publisher: New York
Publication Date: 1901
Book Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Illustrated. Thick 8vo, original cloth, with white ink shelf number on spine; light dampstaining along top and bottom edges throughout. "First edition of the greatest work ever published on the coca plant and the history of its use by the Incas and their descendants. Research on the active principle, cocaine, is documented from its isolation in 1859 to the end of the 19th century"--Dailey, Phantastica 194. Garrison-Morton 2040.1. Although not an uncommon book, inscribed copies are quite scarce, and this is a choice association copy, inscribed on the half-title: "To Dr. J. Leonard Corning with the compliments of the Author. Sept. 1907." The American neurologist Corning (1855-1923) demonstrated experimentally that cocaine had a prolonged anesthetic effect when administered subcutaneously. In 1885 he became the first to inject cocaine epidurally, using a canine subject initially and then a human male. See Garrison-Morton 5680 and Keys, page 41. Bookseller Inventory # 3981
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