The dispensary: a poem. In six canto's

GARTH, Samuel Sir (1661-1719)

Published by printed for J. T. [Jacob Tonson] and sold by Tho. Astley, 1726
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12mo; [22],[3],4-84pp, with engraved frontispiece (showing the Cutlerian Theatre of the College of Physicians, designed by Robert Hooke, with its 'golden Globe plac'd high with artful Skill'), six full-page copperplate engravings and woodcut head- and tailpieces for each canto. Later full polished calf, spine in six comparments between raised bands ruled in gilt, boards framed with gilt fillet, end papers renewed, engraved bookplate to front pastedown with the motto ("Honi soit qui mal y pense" ) of the English chivalric Order of the Garter. Moderate browning and foxing to several gatherings only, but the engravings bright and clean. A tidy copy at an attractive price. Foxon G29. Wither to Prior 391. Lowndes 866, calling the poem an "admirable satire." "The Ninth Edition. With several descriptions and episodes never before printed." Following the first edition of 1699, the "poem was considerably altered" (Wither to Prior). A satire of the first attempt to establish an outpatient clinic for the poor of London. The scheme had the strong support of most of the city's physicians, including Sir Samuel Garth, physician in ordinary to George I and physician-general to the British army, but was opposed by the apothecaries, who tried to defeat the plan by charging excessive prices for prescribed drugs. Garth's poem, ridiculing the clinic's opponents, was extremely popular, going through three editions in its first year of publication. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: The dispensary: a poem. In six canto's
Publisher: printed for J. T. [Jacob Tonson] and sold by Tho. Astley
Publication Date: 1726
Binding: Full Calf
Book Condition: Very Good +

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Garth, Samuel, Sir, 1661-1719.
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Book Description ReInk Books, 2017. Softcover. Condition: NEW. Reprinted from 1730 edition. NO changes have been made to the original text. This is NOT a retyped or an ocr'd reprint. Illustrations, Index, if any, are included in black and white. Each page is checked manually before printing. As this reprint is from very old book, there could be some missing or flawed pages, but we always try to make the book as complete as possible. Fold-outs, if any, are not part of the book. If the original book was published in multiple volumes then this reprint is of only one volume, not the whole set. This paperback book is SEWN, where the book block is actually sewn (smythe sewn/section sewn) with thread before binding which results in a more durable type of paperback binding. It can also be open wide. The pages will not fall out and will be around for a lot longer than normal paperbacks. This print on demand book is printed on high quality acid-free paper. Original publisher: Printed by S. Powell, For George Risk, George Ewing, William Smith, MDCCXXX [1730]. Seller Inventory # 154332979

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