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ROBERT NESBITTS OSTEOGENIE ODER ABHANDLUNG VON ERZEUGUNG DER KNOCHEN IM MENSCHLICHEN KÖRPER IN ZWEEN VORLESUNGEN ERKLÄRT, DIE AUF DEM ANATOMISCHEN THEATER DER WUNDÄRZTE IN LONDON DEN ERSTEN UND ANDERN DES HEUMONATS, IM JAHR 1731. GEHALTEN WORDEN . . .
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ROBERT NESBITTS OSTEOGENIE ODER ABHANDLUNG VON ERZEUGUNG DER KNOCHEN IM MENSCHLICHEN KÖRPER IN ZWEEN VORLESUNGEN ERKLÄRT, DIE AUF DEM ANATOMISCHEN THEATER DER WUNDÄRZTE IN LONDON DEN ERSTEN UND ANDERN DES HEUMONATS, IM JAHR 1731. GEHALTEN WORDEN . . .

By Nesbitt, Robert; Johann Ernst Greding (trans.)

Altenburg: Paul Emanuel Richters, 1753. First German-language edition. Hardcover. Good. Quarto. [8],xxviii,[4],104 pp. plus six folding plates. In German. Contemporary three-quarter leather and speckled paper over boards. 19th-century ex-dono inscription in title page and occasional 19th-century marginal notes in German. Spine and nearly all leather perished, joints cracked. 2 x 2 cm. square excision in front free endpaper. Very light occasional foxing, else near fine internally. Overall good. The German translation of Robert Nesbitt's best known work, HUMAN OSTEOGENY EXPLAINED IN TWO LECTURES, first published in London in 1736. Robert Nesbitt (1697-1761) trained at Leiden University under Bernhardus Albinus the Elder (1653-1721) and Herman Boerhaave, the "Dutch Hippocrates" (1668-1738). An Englishman, Nesbitt returned to London after his studies and commenced his medical career; he was admitted as a felllow to the College of Physicians in 1729. The present work comprises two lectures he delivered at the Anatomical Theatre of the Surgeons of London in 1731, in which he demonstrated, for the first time, that bones in the human fetus were generated in both cartilage and membrane. The illustrations on six folding leaves, here engraved by Johann Christian Gottfried Fritzsch (ca. 1720 - 1802), were the first accurately to show the full course of human bone genesis. This edition scarce, with OCLC recording nine copies (all in Europe).

$550.00

5TH ANNUAL TOUR : B. A. BAMBER’S GREAT DIME SHOW : NEW ATTRACTIONS AND BETTER THAN EVER BEFORE : TRAVELS , ART, HISTORY. ASTRONOMY, FUN, ELECTRICITY. … GRAND STEREOTYPICAL DISSOLVING VIEWS : SCENES IN MANY LANDS FROM GREENLAND’S ICY MOUNT, TO INDIA’S CORAL STRAND. THE WONDERS OF THE WORLD. THE BEAUTIES OF THE WORLD…
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5TH ANNUAL TOUR : B. A. BAMBER’S GREAT DIME SHOW : NEW ATTRACTIONS AND BETTER THAN EVER BEFORE : TRAVELS , ART, HISTORY. ASTRONOMY, FUN, ELECTRICITY. … GRAND STEREOTYPICAL DISSOLVING VIEWS : SCENES IN MANY LANDS FROM GREENLAND’S ICY MOUNT, TO INDIA’S CORAL STRAND. THE WONDERS OF THE WORLD. THE BEAUTIES OF THE WORLD…

By [Bamber, B. A.]

[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. Bamber's 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. 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 begun to 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 Bamber's "5th Annual Tour," no materials for previous or subsequent tours are recorded.

$425.00

MRS. DR. STANLEY : THE GREAT ENGLISH PALMIST AND PHRENOLOGIST .... MAGNETISM AND ELECTRICITY IS LIFE! DR. STANLEY IS ENDOWED WITH GREAT POWER AND TREATS WITH NEVER-FAILING SUCCESS ALL FEMALE DISEASES ... [caption title]
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MRS. DR. STANLEY : THE GREAT ENGLISH PALMIST AND PHRENOLOGIST .... MAGNETISM AND ELECTRICITY IS LIFE! DR. STANLEY IS ENDOWED WITH GREAT POWER AND TREATS WITH NEVER-FAILING SUCCESS ALL FEMALE DISEASES ... [caption title]

By [Phrenology]

[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. Ludwig would desert her and that she would never see him again."

$275.00

AN EVENING'S ENTERTAINMENT BY MR. SELDEN CROSBY : SUBJECT-PHRENOLOGY .... THE WORKING POWER OF ELECTRICITY .... ALSO A MAGIC LANTERN EXHIBITION ... [caption title]
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AN EVENING'S ENTERTAINMENT BY MR. SELDEN CROSBY : SUBJECT-PHRENOLOGY .... THE WORKING POWER OF ELECTRICITY .... ALSO A MAGIC LANTERN EXHIBITION ... [caption title]

By [Phrenology]

[S.l.: s.n., ca. 1880]. Broadside. Very good. [ca. 1880]. Broadside, 19¼ x 8 inches. Early horizontal fold, minor chipping, two closed tears (1-inch and 1¼-inch) in lower margin, small marginal stains, very light occasional foxing. Very good. An unrecorded broadside advertising a lecture by Selden Crosby on phrenology and electricty, with public phrenological examinations offered, skulls shown, an electric battery demonstrated, and a magic lantern show given. The magic lantern exhibition includes life-size pictures of two famous late-18th/early-19th-century human anomalies: Daniel Lambert (1770-1809), who weighed over 700 pounds, and Calvin Edson (1788-1832), the "living skeleton," who weighed only 45. Spaces for venue, dates, and ticket price remain uncompleted. No records of or relating to this broadside have been located on OCLC or elsewhere.

$350.00

WHITTAKER'S ANATOMICAL MODEL. A PICTORIAL REPRESENTATION OF THE HUMAN FRAME AND ITS ORGANS. WITH DESCRIPTIVE TEXT BY DR. SCHMIDT. ENGLISH EDITION BY WILLIAM S. FURNEAUX . . . . ILLUSTRATED
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WHITTAKER'S ANATOMICAL MODEL. A PICTORIAL REPRESENTATION OF THE HUMAN FRAME AND ITS ORGANS. WITH DESCRIPTIVE TEXT BY DR. SCHMIDT. ENGLISH EDITION BY WILLIAM S. FURNEAUX . . . . ILLUSTRATED

By Furneaux, William S.; Schmidt, [Eduard Oscar]

New York: Thomas Whittaker, 1896. First English Language Edition. Hardcover. Good. [1896]. 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).

$150.00

THE CONNEXION OF LIFE WITH RESPIRATION; OR, AN EXPERIMENTAL INQUIRY INTO THE FFFECTS [sic] OF SUBMERSION, STRANGULATION, AND SEVERAL KINDS OF NOXIOUS AIRS, ON LIVING ANIMALS: WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE NATURE OF THE DISEASE THEY PRODUCE; ITS DISTINCTION FROM DEATH ITSELF; AND THE MOST EFFECTUAL MEANS OF CURE
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THE CONNEXION OF LIFE WITH RESPIRATION; OR, AN EXPERIMENTAL INQUIRY INTO THE FFFECTS [sic] OF SUBMERSION, STRANGULATION, AND SEVERAL KINDS OF NOXIOUS AIRS, ON LIVING ANIMALS: WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE NATURE OF THE DISEASE THEY PRODUCE; ITS DISTINCTION FROM DEATH ITSELF; AND THE MOST EFFECTUAL MEANS OF CURE

By Goodwyn, Edmund

London: Printed by T. Spilsbury, for J. Johnson, 1788. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. [i-ii],[2],[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]

$650.00

LES VOLEURS ET LES DILIGENCES [holograph poem]
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LES VOLEURS ET LES DILIGENCES [holograph poem]

By [Richet, Charles Robert]

[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.

$350.00

LE PETIT LAVATER FRANÇAIS ET LE PETIT DOCTEUR GALL OU L'ART DE CONNAITRE LES HOMMES PAR LA PHYSIONOMIE ET LA PHRÉNOLOGIE. . . ÉDITION ILLUSTRÉE DE QUINZE PORTRAITS DE PERSONNAGES CÉLÈBRES ET D'UN GRAND NOMBRE DE VIGNETTES
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LE PETIT LAVATER FRANÇAIS ET LE PETIT DOCTEUR GALL OU L'ART DE CONNAITRE LES HOMMES PAR LA PHYSIONOMIE ET LA PHRÉNOLOGIE. . . ÉDITION ILLUSTRÉE DE QUINZE PORTRAITS DE PERSONNAGES CÉLÈBRES ET D'UN GRAND NOMBRE DE VIGNETTES

By David, Alexandre; [Johann Kaspar Lavater]; [Franz Joseph Gall]

Paris: L. Passard, [ca. 1857]. First combined edition. Hardcover. Very good. 16mo. Two volumes in one, as issued. [8],132,[8],[147]-148;[6],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.

$150.00

ELIXIR DE VIE. . . [manuscript caption title]
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ELIXIR DE VIE. . . [manuscript caption title]

By [Long Life Elixir]

[France, ca. 1760s]. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Bifolium, approximately 10 x 7 1/2 inches. [3]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 D’HISTOIRE DE LA PHARMACIE, “<<Un>> ou… <<Le>> précieux manuscrit de <<L’élixir de longue vie>> nouvellement découvert,” Jean-Pierre Grelaud argues persuasively for a 1700-1710 date of another recently discovered—and, at this point, earliest known—comparable 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 elixir’s 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 “d’orient” 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.”

$2000.00

No. 38. IN SENATE, FEBRUARY 10, 1836. MEMORIAL OF THE MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW-YORK, IN RELATION TO INSANE PAUPERS
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No. 38. IN SENATE, FEBRUARY 10, 1836. MEMORIAL OF THE MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW-YORK, IN RELATION TO INSANE PAUPERS

By [Medical Society of the State of New York]

[Albany: New York Senate, 1836]. First Edition. Disbound. Near fine. [2] 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."

$65.00

SEVENTY NOTEWORTHY MEDICAL RARITIES [SEVERAL OF MEDICAL-HISTORICAL INTEREST] IN HONOR OF THE SEVENTIETH BIRTHDAY OF DR. HARVEY CUSHING TOGETHER WITH A TRIBUTE BY DR. LAWRENCE REYNOLDS [Catalogue Five : Autumn 1939]
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SEVENTY NOTEWORTHY MEDICAL RARITIES [SEVERAL OF MEDICAL-HISTORICAL INTEREST] IN HONOR OF THE SEVENTIETH BIRTHDAY OF DR. HARVEY CUSHING TOGETHER WITH A TRIBUTE BY DR. LAWRENCE REYNOLDS [Catalogue Five : Autumn 1939]

By Schuman's; Lawrence Reynolds (introduction); [Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt (binding)]

New York: Schuman's, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 47,[1] 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.

$200.00

DE IPECACUANHA DISSERTATIO QUAM VENIA EXP. FAC. MED. UPSAL. PRÆSIDE C. P. THUNBERG. . . PRO GRADU MEDICO CONSCRIPSIT ET PUBLICÆ CENSURÆ OFFERT IMMANUEL BILLBERG. . . PARS PRIOR [and] . . . JOH. OTTO LINDSTRÔMER. . . PARS ALTERA
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DE IPECACUANHA DISSERTATIO QUAM VENIA EXP. FAC. MED. UPSAL. PRÆSIDE C. P. THUNBERG. . . PRO GRADU MEDICO CONSCRIPSIT ET PUBLICÆ CENSURÆ OFFERT IMMANUEL BILLBERG. . . PARS PRIOR [and] . . . JOH. OTTO LINDSTRÔMER. . . PARS ALTERA

By Thunberg, Carl Peter; Johan Immanuel Billberg & Johan Otto Lindströmer

Uppsala: Excudebant Regiae academiae typographi, 1824. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. Two volumes: 22;[1],[23]-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.

$120.00

ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY IN CONNECTICUT
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ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY IN CONNECTICUT

By Swett, Paul P

[S.l.], 1946. First Separate Edition. Hardcover. Fine. [3],76,[2] pp. Original half gray and green cloth. Fine. Reprinted from the Connecticut State Medical Journal.

$40.00

HYDROPHOBIA: MEANS OF AVOIDING ITS PERILS AND PREVENTING ITS SPREAD, AS DISCUSSED AT ONE OF THE SCIENTIFIC SOIREES OF THE SORBONNE
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HYDROPHOBIA: MEANS OF AVOIDING ITS PERILS AND PREVENTING ITS SPREAD, AS DISCUSSED AT ONE OF THE SCIENTIFIC SOIREES OF THE SORBONNE

By Bouley, H. [Henri Marie]; A. Liautard (trans.)

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.

$50.00

WARNING : BOIL DRINKING WATER : DUE TO A TEMPORARY EMERGENCY, ALL CONSUMERS OF WATER FROM THE PUBLIC SUPPLY ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED TO BOIL ALL WATER USED FOR DRINKING OR COOKING, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE [caption title]
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WARNING : BOIL DRINKING WATER : DUE TO A TEMPORARY EMERGENCY, ALL CONSUMERS OF WATER FROM THE PUBLIC SUPPLY ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED TO BOIL ALL WATER USED FOR DRINKING OR COOKING, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE [caption title]

By [Connecticut State Department of Health]

[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.

$40.00

[AUTOGRAPH LETTER FROM TOURING PHRENOLOGIST TO WILLIAM S. HARBERT]
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[AUTOGRAPH LETTER FROM TOURING PHRENOLOGIST TO WILLIAM S. HARBERT]

By [Phrenology]

Leighton, Pa., 1867. Softcover. Near fine. [4] 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 don’t 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 don’t 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.

$400.00

OVER HERMAPHRODITUS SPURIUS FEMINUS
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OVER HERMAPHRODITUS SPURIUS FEMINUS

By Halbertsma, H.J

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.

$175.00

THE ORIGIN OF THE CONNECTICUT STATE MEDICAL SOCIETY

By Barker, Creighton

[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.

$45.00