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About this Item: M. Cooper, 1750. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Full Leather, lightly rubbed at edges. Pages foxed and lightly darkened. Part 1., Containing all the Greek Writers, The Fourth Edition, To which is now first added Some account of the Life and Writings of the Author, with a New and Copious Index of Authors quoted, and Medicines, Diseases and cures. Seller Inventory # 204550

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About this Item: G. Hawkins, at Milton's Head in Fleet-street, London, 1747. Leather cover. First Edition. xii, 290pp. G: in good condition without dust jacket as issued. Cover worn with upper board detached but present. Title page with some edge chips. Text block firm. Scattered browning. Ex.-Lib. Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland with minimal marking. Seller Inventory # e5868

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About this Item: Robert Davis, London, 1756. Full-Leather. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Printed for Robert Davis, Piccadilly, 1756, first edition. Bound in full contemporary brown leather. This is Volume III of the English translation of the Synopsis Medicinae, and it was published separately and much later than the first two volumes. The translation in by Benjamin Allen, son of John Allen, and done from the original Latin manuscript. Subjects are; Of Fevers; Of Inflamatory (sic) Diseases; Affections of the Head &c.; Diseases of the Breast; Of Old Age; Diseases of the Heart; Diseases of the Abdomen; Diseases of the Urinary Passages; Of various Dropsies; Of the Scurvy; Of the Gout; Venereal Diseases; Diseases of the Eyes; Of the Teeth &c.; the Itch; Of Mercurials; of a Spina Ventosa; Touching for the Evil; Of Cancers; Of Ruptures; Various Diseases; Diseases of Women; Diseases of Infants; Of Buggs (sic); Of Poisons (Opium); Appendix on the case of a cataleptic woman. The book is in very good condition, leather rubbed, bumped at the head and foot of the spine with some small loss, corners bumped. One 18th century owner's name on the ffep, another name in a childish hand on the final blank page, occasional light marks, mainly clean and bright. Tightly bound. Octavo, 20 cm, 8 inches, tall, 276 pages plus errata page. Photos available on request. Seller Inventory # 000941

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Thomas Willis, William Feindel

Published by Gryphon Editions, Birmingham, AL (1992)

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About this Item: Gryphon Editions, Birmingham, AL, 1992. Hardcover. First Edition; First Printing. Near Fine, leatherbound. Gilt accenting to front and rear panels as well as spine. Spine hubbed. Gilt page edges. Clean, bright pages. Publisher's notes laid-in. Special Edition. ; The Classics of Medicine Library; 8vo 8" - 9" tall. Seller Inventory # 96917

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The State of Physick: And of Diseases;: Woodward, John
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About this Item: T Horne, London, 1718. First Edition. [viii], 274pp, [x], [ii]. '.To the whole is premitted, an idea of the nature and mechanism of man: of the disorders to which it is obnoxious: and of the method of rectifying them'. G: in Good condition. Respined. Cover rubbed with spine end wear. Title page foxed Brown hardback half-leather cover. Seller Inventory # r9918a

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Baglivi, Geo. (giorgio)

Published by Andr. Bell, Ral. Smith, Dan. Midwinter, et al, London (1704)

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About this Item: Andr. Bell, Ral. Smith, Dan. Midwinter, et al, London, 1704. Hard Cover. Condition: Fair. First English Edition Assumed. "Together with Several New and Curious Dissertations; particularly of the TARANTULA, And the Nature of its Poison: of the Use and Abuse of Blistering-Plaisters: of Epidemical Apolplexies, & c. Written in Latine, by Ge. Baglivi, M. D." Scarce. 464 pp plus preliminary pages. Back board and endppr loose; front board with old tape repair. Contemporary blind ruled and panelled calf, with gilt embellished spine, title label is split in half. Slight waterstaining. Dissertation of the .Tarantula begin on pg. 345, small piece removed from bottom of page; facing page with the plate of Tarantulas. See Garrison-Morton 68. This appears to be first edition in English of this work. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 011015

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Miller, Joseph

Published by London: Printed for E. Bell, 1722. 1st ed. (1722)

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About this Item: London: Printed for E. Bell, 1722. 1st ed., 1722. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 1st Edition. 8vo. [8] pp. Dedication and Preface, 466 pp. + [20] pp. Index and Table of English Names. Original boards with rather crude black cloth binding. Spinal extremities chipped and boards are soiled. Contemporary notes front and rear endpapers, name title page. Good. Seller Inventory # 9567

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The State of Physick: And of Diseases;: Woodward, John
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About this Item: T Horne, London, 1718. First Edition. [viii], 274pp, [x], [ii]. '.To the whole is premitted, an idea of the nature and mechanism of man: of the disorders to which it is obnoxious: and of the method of rectifying them'. G: in Good condition. Rebound. Ex Royal College of Surgeons Ireland Library. Some foxing. Inner hinge crack at title page Brown hardback half-leather cover with marbled boards. Seller Inventory # r9918

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The Practice of Physick In Seventeen Several: Riverius, Lazarus; Fernelius,

Riverius, Lazarus; Fernelius, John

Published by John Streater [printer], London (1672)

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About this Item: John Streater [printer], London, 1672. Brown hardback leather cover. First Edition. 645pp, 463pp. .To which is Added A Fifth Book Being the Select Medical Councels of John Fernelius. Worn reading copy. Wear to leather cover with loss to lower rear cover and spine. Text block split with final first and page blanks disbound. Corner of title page torn away and loosely inserted. Seller Inventory # j9091

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About this Item: LONDON, 1735. Hardcover Calf. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION, 8vo (17.5 cm), viii, 307pp (1) blank. Full contemporary polished calf. woodcut head- and tail-pieces and decorative initials. CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Binding sound. Excellent condition throughout. Original endpapers intact. No previous names. Open tear to S5, with no loss to text. An excellent copy of this scarce work in contemporary calf. Seller Inventory # 000082

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About this Item: T. Woodward, London, 1735. Condition: Very Good Plus. First Edition. First edition. The mechanical practice of physick: in which the specifick method is examin'd and exploded; and the Bellinian hypothesis of animal secretion and muscular motion, consider'd and refuted. With .remarks . on Dr. Lobb's Treatise of the small pox, Dr. Robinson on the animal oeconomy, and Professor Boerhaave's account of the animal spirits and muscular motion. Published/Printed for T. Woodward. London. Printed in the year 1735. Bound in full calf, raised bands, compartments with gilt centre stamp, gilt lines. Professionally rebacked retaining the original boards, boards rubbed on corners edges with some minor wear loss. Binding in very good clean firm condition with strong hinge joints. Internally, no loose pages, no writing/marking. Pages in very good clean condition. A very good clean well bound copy.A62 Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 008573

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Botanicum Officinale; or a Compendious Herbal: giving: MILLER, Joseph.

MILLER, Joseph.

Published by London: Printed for E. Bell, J. Senex, W. Taylor, J. Osborn, 1722 (1722)

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About this Item: London: Printed for E. Bell, J. Senex, W. Taylor, J. Osborn, 1722, 1722. Octavo (195 x 118 mm). Contemporary calf, spine bands and covers ruled in gilt. Contemporary ownership signature to front free endpaper: "Hannah Shaw's Booke 1728 Price 6s:6d". Covers a little marked, minor wear at extremities, joints just starting, front free endpaper a little loose at head, a few page corners lightly creased. A very good, clean copy. First edition. Botanicum Officinale may "be regarded as the first text-book of vegetable Materia Medica, worthy of the name, in the English language" (American Journal of Pharmacy, vol. 78, 1906, p. 320). "In 1722 was published Joseph Miller's Botanicum officinale. This well-printed octavo volume was sold at five shillings. It is written in English and the author made use, during the preparation of his work, of Samuel Dale's Pharmacologia seu manuductio ad materiam medicam, first published in 1693. It appears from his preface that Miller compiled his herbal for the use of apothecaries in order to give them a better botanical knowledge of the plants they used in making up medical prescriptions, and to save them from 'the gross impositions frequently practised by the common herb-folks' who made 'no scruple of selling one thing for another, very often directly contrary to the intention of the prescriber'. The dedication is addressed to Sir Hans Sloane as President of the Royal College of Physicians, and reference is made to Sloane's 'late noble present of the physick-garden at Chelsea to the Apothecaries company, on condition of its being kept up to the improvement of botany'. The plants are arranged alphabetically in accordance with their Latin names as published in the Pharmacopœia londinensis, a new edition of which had been issued by the College of Physicians in 1721. Joseph Miller was an apothecary who reached a considerable eminence in his profession. Her served 'for the year 1738-9' as Master of the Society of Apothecaries, and in 1743 was elected 'Praefectus horti and Demonstrator of plants' at the Chelsea physic garden. This post he held until his death on 29 March 1748" (Henrey). ESTC T6057; Henrey 1095. Seller Inventory # 125234

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A Treatise on Foreign Vegetables, Containing An: GEOFFROY (Etienne Francois)

About this Item: London: Printed for J. Clarke., 1749. FIRST EDITION. 8vo, 201 x 121 mms., pp. vi, [iv], vii - xii, 458 [459 - 464 Index], contemporary calf, joints expertly restored, red morocco label; ex-library with the rubber stamp of the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin on title-page and first page of text, but a very good copy, also with the armorial bookplate of George F. Sodderick on the front paste-down end-paper. The Tractatus de Materia Medica by Etienne François Geoffroy (1672 - 1731) was published in 1741 after this death, and Thicknesse's work is an abstract of that work. Geoffroy is probably best-known for his "table of affinities," which he presented to the French Academy of Sciences in 1718 and 1720. Thicknesse (1719 - 1790) received his M. D. from Oxford in 1780. A second edition in 1751 of this work comprised the sheets of the first edition with a cancel title-page, which gives a better indication of the intended reader or audience: A New Treatise on British and Foreign Vegetables, which are now constantly used in the practice of Physick; with an exact Description of them, their Virtues, and various Effects on Human Bodies, and the several Diseases they are peculiarly useful to remove or prevent. Being an improvement upon the Materia medica of the celebrated Steph. Fran. Geoffroy, M.D. And made generally useful, both to private Families as well as to Physicians, Surgeons, Chymists and Apothecaries. with complete indexes of the English and Latin names. Henrey, 746. Seller Inventory # 7929

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About this Item: London, Dryden Leach and W. Taylor, 1711. Sehr seltene EA! First edition! NORMAN 1432: "Possibly the first psychiatric self-help book". HUNTER/MACALPINE 296: "the first book on minor mental maladies ‘writ by way of information to patients‘ rather than ‘to teach other practitioners‘, and to make what he had to say palatable". Mandeville (geb. 1670 in oder in der Nähe von Rotterdam, gestorben 1733 in London) ist sehr berühmt geworden wegen seiner "Bienenfabel" (1714). "Über M.s Leben ist nur wenig bekannt. Nach dem Besuch der Erasmus-Schule in Rotterdam schrieb sich M. 1685 an der Universität von Leyden als Student der Philosophie ein, legte 1689 seine Dissertation in Philosophie vor und erhielt 1691 nach der Abfassung einer medizinischen Studie den Grad eines Doktors der Medizin. Ende der neunziger Jahre faßte M. dann den Entschluß, sich in England niederzulassen, das seiner Meinung nach die Spitze der europäischen Zivilisation verkörperte" (Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon, Bd. V, 1933). In diesem Buch wählt er den Dialog zwischen Arzt ("Misomedon") und Patientin ("Polytheca") als Darstellungsform. Amüsant der Dialog über die Frage, weshalb die Medikamente solche merkwürdigen Namen bekommen, die auch ein Latein- und Griechischkundiger nicht versteht: man kann sie dann leichter für mehr Geld verkaufen! (p. 231f.) Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 348 8°, Originallederband mit blindgeprägter Verzierung, neuer Rücken mit modernem Rückenschild, XXIV, 280 S. Seller Inventory # 2004

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The History of Physick; from the time: FREIND, John

FREIND, John

Published by J. Walthoe, London (1726)

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About this Item: J. Walthoe, London, 1726. Two volumes, octavo, contemporary panelled calf. Attractive early mixed set of this first history of medicine written by an Englishman, comprising the third edition of the first volume and first edition of the second. Regarding nautical medicine, Friend warns against the quackery regularly deployed in the treatment of venereal diseases amongst seamen. Of special interest is a description of scurvy as a contagion and its spread: Friend maintains it was unknown to the classical Greeks and Arabians, and is effectively a modern scourge. It apparently spread from Portuguese sailors to the Scandinavians, then into continental Europe via Saxony: 'At length, towards 1600, it dispers'd itself through most parts of Europe, and is now become an Epidemical evil.' Although scurvy is described as a contagion, the author ascribes its original cause to the 'sea-diet.' A popular writer, Freind first conceived the idea for this history while imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1722, where he had been sent for his supposed support for the exiled Stuarts. Freed by his compatriot Richard Mead, Freind went on to complete this work, which is now rightly considered a classic and easily the most accessible and readable history of the period which it studies. Divided into fascinating chapters, and with an index, the work is discursive and broad-ranging. With passages in Greek and Latin.Attractively, this work includes Freind's hypotheses on the wrack of the Alexandrian library, and while he conventionally attributes the destruction to the Caliph in 642 AD, he writes that many of the works must have been preserved in the hands of scholars, much as happened after the expulsion from Constantinople in 1492. The second volume includes an appendix of small mixed translations from Arabic and medieval sources, including a life of the Arab physician Gabriel Damascus. The first edition of the first volume must have been quite small, and this work is not uncommonly seen in this mixed state. Expert recent paper repair to closed tear on one leaf of the text, a very good set in contemporary panelled calf (slightly worn and rubbed), early ms. inscriptions on free endpapers of both volumes. Seller Inventory # 3511197

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About this Item: Printed for Obadiah Blagrave at the Bear and Star in St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1689. [16], 139, [5] p. The last five pages contain a catalogue of Books Printed for and sold by Obadiah Blagrave Contemporary blind ruled sheepskin. Edges and corners restored as necessary. Endpapers renewed. Title page with marginal paper repairs, restored at the top outer corner with some loss to a printed rule. Small hole caused by the obliteration of a name, affecting two letters of text. Signature of Henrie Scrivener Alresford 1695 in two places. A few signs of handling and abrasion to the blank top corner of some leaves, but generally a sound copy. One leaf with headline shaved by the binder, otherwise reasonable margins. ESTC R28486 located at BL and Sheffield University in UK and U.S. Nat. Lib. Medicine, Harvard, UCal., UMichigan, UMinnesota, UPennsylvania, UTexas, Yale in USA. Joseph Blagrave (1610 – 1682) published a number of almanacs in the years 1658 – 1665 and practised as a physician. He was a friend of Elias Ashmole to whom he dedicated the first edition of his Astrological Physick in 1671. 'His chief interest lies in his ambiguous status as a leading representative of the long tradition of astrological medicine, at just the time when that tradition was rapidly becoming unacceptable among people of the increasingly powerful 'respectable' sort.' ODNB. Accompanying this volume is a disbound late eighteenth century notebook which contains twenty two leaves of nativity diagrams, an early nineteenth century letter and some modern notes relating to the Malkin family who lived at 59 High Street, Winchester. Members of the family obviously used Blagrave's book to cast nativities over a period of years. Seller Inventory # 4732

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A treatise of the safe, internal use: GROENVELT, Joannes (John
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About this Item: Blake, p. 187; ESTC T64914; for the author: Cook, "Groenevelt, Joannes (bap. 1648, d. 1715/16)", in: ODNB (online ed.). First English edition of a treatise on the medicinal use of Spanish fly (Lytta vesicatoria, traditionally classified in the family Canthardiae). Joannes Groenevelt (1648-1715/16)) was a Dutch-born physician, practising in London from 1675 on. Spanish fly was known for centuries as an aphrodisiac, but was also extremely dangerous, overdoses sometimes causing death. Greenfield, as he called himself in England, strongly advocated the use of Spanish fly, primarily for the treatment of gout and of bladder and kidney diseases. One of his patients accused him of malpractice and Groenvelt was fined and sent to Newgate prison, but obtained permanent freedom through William III's general pardon in 1691. He published the present treatise on the use of Spanish fly as a vindication of his methods. It includes a laudatory poem by Bernard Mandeville, detailed descriptions of the various medicinal uses of Spanish fly, followed by medical observations and several recipes. Seller Inventory # F4CE1CC3UKU0

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Blackwell, Elizabeth

Published by Samuel Harding, London (1737)

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About this Item: Samuel Harding, London, 1737. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Blackwell (illustrator). 1st Edition. Volume 1 only (of 2), 1st ed., pub. Samuel Harding, 1737, lacking title and dedication leaves (title replaced with an early 19th century crude facsimile in ink), twenty-six pages of letterpress text, twenty-eight pages of engraved text, 164 hand coloured full page engraved botanical plts. (all complete), some plts. with smudges to watercolour paint, about 120 plates without smudging, some with very minor smudging, final plt. frayed to margins with a little loss, contemp. half calf, worn with upper cover detached and lower cover missing, folio Henrey 450. An interesting story lies behind the publication of this volume. Dr Alexander Blackwell, Elizabeth's husband, was a London based printer until he was forced to shut down having never served an apprenticeship. This was a financial disaster for him and he was soon condemned to a debtors prison. Elizabeth, who was no doubt a woman of some character as well as an accomplished artist, discerned from conversations with Sir Hans Sloane that a new herbal of medicinal plants was needed. Partly aided by members of the Society of Apothecaries, she took lodgings near to the Chelsea Physic Garden and made accurate drawings of the specimens while Alexander worked on the text from his prison cell. She then engraved and hand coloured all of the plates herself. The success of the publication was able to pay off her husband's debts and ensured his subsequent release from prison. Interestingly Alexander Blackwell was later involved in an attempt to interfere with the royal succession of Sweden and was charged with treason and executed. Email for more details. Seller Inventory # 000008

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Dr. Willis's practice of physick: Willis, Thomas

Willis, Thomas

Published by T. Dring, C. Harper & J. Leigh, London (1684)

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About this Item: T. Dring, C. Harper & J. Leigh, London, 1684. Only Complete Edition in English Willis, Thomas (1621-75). Dr. Willis's practice of physick, being the whole works of that renowned and famous physician . . . Folio. [26], 152, [14], 158, [4], 96, [8], 143, [8], 218, 145-160, [8], 96, 105-234, [8]pp. 36 plates on 35 plate leaves. London: T. Dring, C. Harper and J. Leigh, 1684. 312 x 195 mm. Calf c. 1684, rebacked, corners repaired. Marginal repairs to first and last few leaves, light soiling and toning, a few fox-marks, but very good. First and Only Complete Edition of Willis's Works in English, translated by the poet Samuel Pordage; the collection includes the First Edition in English of Willis's De anima brutorum. The volume is divided into six separately paginated sections, each with its own title-leaf. Included are English versions of Willis's three great works on the brain--Cerebri anatome, Pathologiae cerebri and De anima brutorum--as well as his clinical and pharmaceutical treatises. In addition to his invaluable work in the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, Willis was the first to distinguish true diabetes mellitus, and showed that the polyuria was not due to any disease of the kidneys. He anticipated the recognition of hormones in the circulation of his suggestion that the phenomena of puberty were due to a ferment distributed through the body from the genitals. He discovered the superficial lymphatics of the lungs, distinguished acute tuberculosis from the chronic fibroid type and gave the first clinical and pathological account of emphysema. Garrison-Morton notes that "the modern treatment of asthma really begins with Willis, who considered it to be of nervous origin" (Garrison-Morton 3165) and that "Willis was probably the first to report an epidemic of cerebrospinal fever" (Garrison-Morton 4673). Wing W-2854. Seller Inventory # 41473

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