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An authentic narrative of the success of tar-water, in curing a great number and variety of distempers, with remarks. And occasional papers relative to the subject. To which are subjoyned two letters from the author of Siris.

Prior, Thomas.

Published by Pr. by Marg. Rhames for R. Gunne, Dublin, 1746
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Uncommon first edition: An impressive collection of testimonial letters describing the curative powers of tar-water in cases of asthma, influenza, scurvy and scorbutic disorders, gout, rheumatism, consumptive coughs, and even smallpox ? offering a mass of anecdotal information on general ailments, standard treatments of the time (what the patients took or did before they discovered tar-water), and what was considered an intolerable condition as opposed to simply inconvenient. This volume was compiled by one of the founding members of the Royal Dublin Society and inspired by Bishop Berkeley's 1744 publication Siris, Philosophical Reflexions and Inquiries Concerning the Virtues of Tar-water (which praise of tar-water as a universal panacea enraged doctors throughout Great Britain, resulting in a flurry of published debate); it makes several references to Siris, and concludes with two letters from Berkeley, featuring his instructions on how to make the best tar-water and use it most effectively. The printer was Margaret Rhames, scion of a prominent Dublin printing family. WorldCat and ESTC locate only four U.S. institutional holdings of this edition, which preceded the London first. 8vo (20.8 cm, 8.25"). 4, 248, [2 (blank)] pp. ESTC N5208; Wellcome, IV, 440. Period-style half calf and antique marbled paper?covered sides, corners tipped in vellum, spine with gilt-stamped leather labels. Title-page with ownership initials ("WS") inked in upper outer corner; pages age-toned, with mild to moderate foxing. A solid, pleasingly bound copy of an uncommon and interesting piece of medical history. Bookseller Inventory # 30607

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Title: An authentic narrative of the success of ...

Publisher: Pr. by Marg. Rhames for R. Gunne, Dublin

Publication Date: 1746

Edition: 1st Edition

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