[S.l.: s.n., 1880. First Edition. Broadside. Very good. [ca. 1880s] Broadside, approximately 28 x 6 3/4 inches. Small closed tears and moderate chipping at upper right edge, not affecting text. Very good. Attractive broadside for B. A. Bambers traveling magic lantern and electric-battery-quack-medicine dime show, which toured in the Midwest and Northeast during the late 1800s. The show represents a bridge between the great American dime museums of the 19th century one of the final iterations of cabinets of curiosities, now assembled by showmen, rather than princes and apothecaries and the cinema of 20th century. Here, a juxtaposition of natural objects, exotic scenery, painting, and statuary, are shown in luminous two dimensions. The typical style and subjects of the quasi-educational dime museum and its 10-cent price remain in the magic lantern show, but the objects and tableaux have lost their materiality and set the stage for new forms of popular spectacle. With lively 19th-century wood type, a portrait of Mr. Bamber, and an enchanting view of the flight of the god Mercury through a moonlit night. While this broadside advertises Bambers 5th Annual Tour, no materials for previous or subsequent tours are recorded.
[Manchester, N.H.?: s.n., 1890]. Very good. [ca. 1890s] Broadside, 10 x 5 3/4 inches. On green paper. Small discoloration, affecting a few characters of text, light horizontal fold, very minor chipping at edges (affecting no text). Very good. Broadside advertising the services of palmist, phrenologist, and clairvoyante "Mrs. Dr. Stanley," who exhibited the "Strange Gift of Prophecy" and specialized in counseling on matters of marriage and healing of women's afflictions. The lower portion of the broadside is completed in print with the fees (fifty cents to two dollars) and address of her current engagement: No. 188 Merrimack St. (likely in Manchester, New Hampshire). Newspaper records show Dr. Mrs. Stanley touring the Midwest, the Northeast, and California between 1890 and 1902. In late 1890 and early 1891, she was the subject of some controversy in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The November 30, 1890, issue of the NEWS-DEALER there reported that she and another woman, both "alleged fortune tellers and 'trance mediums'," became the targets of "the eagle eye of that great guardian of public morality Con[stable] McGroarty," who brought them before the mayor on the basis of "an absurd old law." The mayor was forced to fine and expel them, despite the fact, as the paper remarked, nobody had "ever complained that these two ladies did any harm." Six weeks later, Stanley's name reappeared in the NEWS-DEALER when a Mrs. Ludwig from nearby Pittstown poisoned herself with an ounce of arsenic. Local rumors circulated that family troubles were the cause and that "Mrs. Ludwig thought that her husband did not treat her as a husband ought to." Mr. Ludwig, however, denied "all of the above and claims that the cause was due to what Mrs. Dr. Stanley, the fortuneteller who was driven out of Wilkes-Barre recently, had told Mrs. Ludwig that Mr. Ludwg would desert her and that she would never see him again."
New York: Thomas Whittaker, 1896. First English Language Edition. Hardcover. Good. . 10 1/3 x 7 1/2 inches. 16 pp., containing in-text wood-engraved illustrations, plus human anatomical mannikin comprising five numbered color lithographic plates on three panels, two folding out, one affixed to rear board with several additional, smaller folding-out panels. Publisher's cloth-backed pictorial paper over boards. Spine worn and frayed, boards stained and chipped at hinges and extermities. Plates in fine condition. Good. A fine example of a late 19th-century dissected plate illustrating human anatomy, accompanied by a brief treatise on by German zoologist and comparative anatomist Eduard Oscar Schmidt (1823-1886). The text was translated by British nature writer William Samuel Furneaux (1855-1940).
London: Printed by T. Spilsbury, for J. Johnson, 1788. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. [i-ii],,[iv-v],[iii-iv],[v]-xvi,126 pp. (leaves A2 and A3 reversed), including dedication leaf (cancel), plus three plates (one folding). Modern calf, gilt leather spine label. Light scattered foxing, light dust soiling in title page, p. xvi scuffed, modern ink annotation on p. 31, offsetting from plates on pp. 29 and 115. Very good. Scarce complete first edition containing all three plates, including the rarely seen folding plate of pneumatic apparatus; the rarely seen dedication leaf to John Page is also present. The English physician Edmund Goodwyn (1756-1829) was evidently the first to publish discoveries on lung content values. The present work preceded Antoine Lavoisier's description of oxygen consumption of 1789 by a year and is based on Goodwyn's 1786 dissertation, "Dissertatio medica de morte submersorum," for which he won a gold medal from the Humane Society.ESTC T90151 [check for Austin]
[Composed in Lebanon, ca. 1920]. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. Approximately 8 1/4 x 5 1/8 inches. In French. Faintly ruled paper. Early horizontal fold, minor soiling in upper-right corner. Near fine. Unpublished holograph poem by Charles Richet, winner of the 1913 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine, composed en route between Chtaura, Lebanon, and Beirut. The poem is a wistful meditation on the passing of the era of monks and lances, the grand-routes de Castille, and stagecoach robbers les voleurs des diligences. Brigands, once adventure seekers looting carriages, have become shrewd: they have traded their places in the corners of the woods for offices and can now themselves be seen in the stagecoaches, rubbing their hands together. Charles Robert Richet (1850-1935) is best known for his work in experimental physiology, particularly in the areas of neurochemistry, digestion, and anaphylaxis, the latter for which he won the Nobel Prize. His wide-ranging interests, however, extended far beyond medicine and conventional science. He composed poetry and drama throughout his life and was internationally distinguished as a historian, pacifist, aviation pioneer, and researcher of the paranormal (coining the term, ectoplasm, in 1894). Underlying all of these pursuits was a lifelong romantic orientation to the world and a deep humanity, as reflected in the poem here. A transcription and basic English translation are available upon request. DSB XI, pp.425-432.
Paris: L. Passard, [ca. 1857]. First combined edition. Hardcover. Very good. 16mo. Two volumes in one, as issued. ,132,,-148;,ii,180,4 pp. including fifteen full-page portraits (including frontispiece) in first volume and numerous in-text illustrations and portrait frontispiece in second volume. In French. Contemporary sheep-backed marbled boards, spine gilt. Armorial bookplate of the Belmondo Caccia family. Printer's error in p. 151 of second title, effacing portions of several lines of text. Binding moderately rubbed and worn. Very good. L. Passard's combined illustrated pocket companions to the physiognomical studies of Johann Kaspar Lavater and phrenological works of Franz Joseph Gall, by Alexandre David.
[France, ca. 1760s]. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Bifolium, approximately 10 x 7 1/2 inches. pp. of text. Early folds, light dampstains in corners, mild foxing. Very good, untrimmed, in a fine custom cloth folding case with printed paper label. 18th-century manuscript recipe for the long life elixir closely associated with a 17th-century Swedish doctor known variously as Samst, Vornets, Xermet, Yerner, Yernest, Gernest, and, here, Guernai. The recipe, which has ancient origins and a millennia-long history of revision and rediscovery, has been widely credited in its present form to the Swedish doctor at least since the 1760s, when several similar manuscripts and a handful of printed notices appeared throughout France. In a 2012 article in the REVUE DHISTOIRE DE LA PHARMACIE, <<Un>> ou <<Le>> précieux manuscrit de <<Lélixir de longue vie>> nouvellement découvert, Jean-Pierre Grelaud argues persuasively for a 1700-1710 date of another recently discoveredand, at this point, earliest knowncomparable manuscript, suggesting a date no later than the turn of the 18th century for the death of the Swedish doctor.The true name of the doctor has never been conclusively determined, nor specific details (or proof) of his life uncovered. It is certain, however, that his formula either was derived from or shared common roots with recipes Paracelsus discussed during the 16th century. A consistent key element was Venetian theriac (here, thériaque de Venise, known also as Venice treacle and therica andromachi), which is usually thought to have originated in Greece, particularly with Andromachus the Elder of Crete, in the first century C.E. This compound traditionally contained viper flesh, scorpion venom, opium, and myrrh among its scores of ingredients and appears to have traveled as far as China in its first several centuries. The elixir of life, in general, appears to have origins as old as Babylon and was discussed extensively by European and Arabic alchemists, eventually attaching itself to the legends of Nicolas Flamel and the Comte de Saint Germain. Most early copies of the present version of the recipe inform us that the original manuscript was found in the papers of a Swedish doctor who died at an advanced age (almost invariably 104, but here 110) from a fall from a horse. The secret had existed in his family for several centuries, and daily consumption helped his grandfather, father, and mother live similarly long lives (in the present copy, to 130, 112, and 104 years, respectively). The handful of known 18th-century examples of the recipe are remarkably consistent regarding the elixirs ingredients and their proportions, method of preparation, and uses. When there is variation among the lists of ingredients, it tends to occur in the proportion of aloe (this copy shows the greatest amount, at un once et trois gros to the single gros of most other elements) and rhubarb (here, a gros and a half) and in the specific names used for the different ingredients (e.g., safran du levant here is usually le meilleur safran, sometimes dorient or oriental). Unique to the present manuscript is an interesting final paragraph referring to a frere Nicolas de friardel, presumably a monk at the Augustinian priory of Saint-Cyr at Friardel in Calvados, Lower Normandy. Brother Nicolas has mentioned that using the elixir regularly for two years has largely cured him of a cruel gout which had robbed him of the use of his feet and hands.
[Albany: New York Senate, 1836]. First Edition. Disbound. Near fine.  pp. Single leaf, disbound. Stab holes, minor edge toning, else near fine. Petition by the Medical Society of the State of New York to the state legislature to build an adequate home and hospital for the mentally ill. Signed in print by 28 members of the Society, the document refers to an estimated 2000 "lunatics" in the state with no means for treatment or care (at the time, New York's sole incorporated asylum could house only 250 patients and its only private facility 60). Confident in new possibilities for successful treatment, the petitioners argue that "justice and humanity" call the state to "restore that unfortunate portion of our population to reason, their friends and the community."
New York: Schuman's, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 47, pp. plus portrait frontispiece. Contemporary three-quarter red morocco and marbled boards, raised bands, spine gilt, original printed wrappers bound in. Ex-lib., with institutional bookplate, marked "withdrawn," in front free endpaper and inkstamp in lower margin of p. 3. Engraved bookplate of Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt. Morocco rubbed at extremities, upper margin of front wrapper lightly smudged, else near fine. An important bookseller's catalog in the history of the history of medicine, dedicated to the celebrated American neurosurgeon Harvey Williams Cushing in honor of his seventieth birthday. Cushing died shortly after this volume was issued, and Schuman's later published the short-title catalog of his collection of books, manuscripts, and ephemera given to Yale University. Henry and Ida Schuman were among the first American booksellers to specialize in the history of medicine. Originally based in Detroit, they moved their business to New York in 1939, releasing the present catalog as the first from their new location. Its offerings range from a 13th-century manuscript relating to Constantine the African to works of William Beaumont on his pioneering digestion experiments with the unfortunate Alexis St. Martin. A 1543 first edition of Vesalius's DE HUMANI CORPORIS FABRICA is listed for $550. This copy of the catalog was owned originally by Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt, philanthropist, bibliophile, and founder of the great Hunt Botanical Library at Carnegie Mellon University. Hunt, a master bookbinder, is almost certainly responsible for the fine morocco binding here.
Uppsala: Excudebant Regiae academiae typographi, 1824. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. Two volumes: 22;,-38 pp. In Latin. Printed self-wrappers, stitched. Small marginal tear in second leaf, very minor dust soiling in outer leaves, else fine. Medical dissertations submitted by Johan Immanuel Billberg and Johan Otto Lindströmer at Uppsala University on the topic of ipecacuanha. Johan Immanuel (or Emanuel) Billberg (1799-1845) received his PhD in 1821 and medical doctorate in 1827, following an important botanical collecting expedition to Columbia. The essays, on the botany and pharmaceutical uses of the ipecacuanha plant of Latin America, are addressed to Carl Peter Thunberg (1743-1828), Professor of Medicine and Natural Philosophy at Uppsala. An important disciple of Carl Linnaeus, Thunberg was particularly distinguished for his botanical collecting expeditions in South Africa and Japan.
Boston: The Journal of Medical Research, 1914. First Separate Edition. Softcover. Very good. 117 pp. plus five plates. Some wear, toning at edges, two later leaves opened with tearing in the upper margin (not affecting text). Very good. Offprint from THE JOURNAL OF MEDICAL RESEARCH, Vol. XXXI, No. 1, September 1914. Parts II-IV of Lewis H. Weed's pioneering nine-part series of articles on cerebrospinal fluid. Part IV contains the first publication of his discovery of the source of cerebrospinal fluid - a major development in neurology that distinguished Weed early in his career. Louis H. Weed (1886-1952), a student of Harvey Cushing's at Yale and surgeon under him at Harvard, was a leading American surgeon and neurologist based at Johns Hopkins from 1914 to 1947. OCLC locates one copy. Rare.
[S.l.], 1946. First Separate Edition. Hardcover. Fine. ,76, pp. Original half gray and green cloth. Fine. Reprinted from the Connecticut State Medical Journal.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1874. First English Language Edition. Softcover. Very good. 61 pp. Original printed wrappers. Faint contemporary pencil ownership signature in upper margin of front wrapper. Some wear to wrappers, unobtrusive tape repair at tail of rear wrapper. Overall very good. First English-language edition of a lecture on rabies delivered before the Sorbonne during a period of outbreak in Europe and North America. The author, Henri Marie Bouley (1814-1885), was a prominent French veterinarian and pathologist.
[Hartford], 1950. Broadside. Fine. [ca. 1950s]. Broadside, 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. Fine. "OS. E. 8 (2-43) 2M." Water-quality warning broadside issued by the Connecticut State Department of Health. OCLC lists one copy, at the Connecticut Historical Society.
Leighton, Pa., 1867. Softcover. Near fine.  pp., approximately 600 words. Bifolium on ruled paper, approximately 9 1/2 x 6 inches. Very minor soiling on first page, else near fine. Manuscript letter by a semi-crippled itinerant phrenologist describing his schemes and recent adventures to a confidant. The unsigned document is addressed to "Friend Harbert," who a later pencil inscription indicates was William Soesbe Harbert (1842-1919). A native of Terre Haute, Indiana and later resident of Des Moines, Chicago, and Pasadena, Harbert was a prominent lawyer, judge, and advocate of progressive causes. He was celebrated for his escape from the infamous Libby Prison during the Civil War, from which he emerged weighing ninety-seven pounds, and was also notable as the husband of Elizabeth Boynton Harbert, a leader in the women's suffrage movement. At the time of the letter's composition, Harbert was completing his law degree at the University of Michigan. The precise relationship of Harbert to the author of the letter is unclear, but the letter writer states that Harbert is the "only one outside my family" to know an unnamed secret ("even my own mother dont know it"). The secret appears to relate either to the author's fraudulent career or "some business" he mentions having to "settle up" back home. The author jokes that "open confession is good for the soul": "While I have experienced the keen fangs of excruciating mortification, of being, drawn on to a hot griddle, & broiled alive, before an audience, there is also a great deal of pleasure & satisfaction in the business. I am treated with the utmost respect & courtisiy, even in the first place.where I think, that it was pretty generaly conceeded, by most all in town that I was a humbug! in fact that opinion, was so prevalent that I thought so myself! Yet I more than made expenses. I am necessarily compelled to put on considerable style & I dont stay long enough in one place to find me out till I lecture & then they take the bait! . I think I will try to get of a pretty good speache here, probably two, & the people are very ignorant, & they may not discover the diference. I have the satisfaction of knowing more about Phrenology than they do anyhow, & I put off a few technical names, describing the brain & skull &c so that closes the M.D.'s & I can handle the rest of the audience pretty well. Up to the present time I have not dared to venture into a town where there is a paper published for fear I get blown so high that I would not get back again." An extremely unusual, colorful piece of correspondence documenting phrenology as quackery by one of its own.
Amsterdam: C.G. Van Der Post, 1855. First Edition. Softcover. Very good. 18 pp., including in-text anatomical illustrations, plus two plates. Quarto. Original printed wrappers. Minor wear at edges, light foxing, two pinholes in plates, not affecting images. Very good. First of two editions. A treatise on false hermaphroditism in females by the Dutch anatomist Hidde Justuszoon Halbertsma (1820-1865). Published by the Koninklijke Akademie van Wetenschappen. The two plates illustrate the sex organs of a "hermaphroditic" female calf.
[New Haven], 1942. First Separate Edition. Softcover. Near fine. 9 pp. Original printed wrappers, stapled. Slight edgewear, else fine. Offprint from CONNECTICUT STATE MEDICAL JOURNAL, Vol. V., No. 12 (December, 1941). A narrative of the founding process of the Society from its precursors in Litchfield and New Haven counties to its charter and first meeting in 1792.