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    Biennial report of the board of trustees of the Iowa Hospital for the Insane at Clarinda for the fiscal term ending June 30, 1897. by Iowa Hospital for the Insane. Clarinda

    Des Moines: F.R. Conaway, State printer, 1897. 8vo (22.5 cm, 9"). 67, [1] pp. The Clarinda State Hospital was built over the period of 1884 to 1888 and opened its doors in December of 1888. It was the third asylum in the state of Iowa. The original plan for patients was to hold alcoholics, geriatrics, drug addicts, mentally ill, and the criminally insane.     This report contains facts, figures, and statistics on patients and the day to day running of the facility, including the surrounding farm and its animal husbandry.     WorldCat seems to fail to find any institution holding any of the biennial reports of the board of trustees of the Clarinda hospital. Original printed wrappers. Very good.


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    Brief Deductions Relative to the Aid and Supply of the Executive Power, According to the Law of England. In Cases of Infancy, Delirium, or Other Incapacity of the King. Second Edition

    London: Printed for J. Debrett, 1788. Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards; a very nice, clean copy


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    The imbecile with criminal instincts. by Fernald, Walter E

    [Baltimore: Utica State Hospital Press, 1909]. 8vo (23.4 cm, 9.25"). [731]–749, [1] pp. A paper "reprinted from American Journal of Insanity, Vol. LXV, No. 4, April, 1909," and "read by title at the sixty-fourth annual meeting of the American Medico-Psychological Association, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 12–15, 1908."     Walter E. Fernald (1859–1924) was a doctor and the superintendent of the Massachusetts School for the Feeble-Minded (experiments performed there in the 20th century would inspire new laws controlling human child research). While he dedicated his life to the gentle care of intellectually disabled people, he was an advocate of eugenics. He came to oppose forced sterilization towards the end of his life.     Provenance: On the front wrapper, a stamp for Essex Institute (Salem, Massachusetts) dated June 28, 1909.     WorldCat has located four institutional copies in the U.S. In tan paper wrappers; age-toned and lightly edgeworn. Provenance marks as above; first page faintly age-toned, one word crossed out in ink and "corrected" with word written in marginalia, interior otherwise clean.


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    Elements of the Law Relating to Insurances by John Millar, Jun

    Edinburgh: Printed by J. Bell . . . And G.G.J. & J. Robinson, 1787. Contemporary calf, gilt ruled and lettered, rubbed, else quite clean, with the errata, including one pasted in addition to p.52; the Taussig copy Only edition of the principal work of John Millar's eldest son, himself an advocate, a major contribution to insurance law, particularly marine insurance, treating of both English and Scots law, with Lord Mansfield's decisions "hold[ing] first place


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    Fourth biennial report of the Board of Trustees and Officers of the Minnesota Hospital for Insane ... located at St. Peter and Second Minnesota Hospital for Insane ... located at Rochester, to the governor of the State of Minnesota. For the biennial period ending July 31, 1886. by Board of Trustees of the Minnesota Hospitals for the Insane

    Minneapolis: Pioneer Press Co., 1886. 8vo (23 cm, 9"). 138 pp. Statistics on equipment, food, machinery, tools, livestock, buildings, and patients, including the types of mental illnesses, place of birth, age, cause of death, etc. The data on occupations of the patients is very interesting: the greatest numbers were for housewives, domestics, laborers' wives, and farmers. Original printed wrappers, short tears in upper margin of some leaves. Very good.


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    The Speech of John Leach, Esq. M.P. In the Committee of the Whole House, upon the State of the Nation . . . upon the Question of Limitations to the Royal Authority in the Hands of the Regent. Second Edition by John Leach

    London: Printed for J. Ridgway, 170, Piccadilly [etc.], 1811. Modern cloth-backed marbled boards, occasional light marginal staining, else a very good copy, with the half-title; no copy in this country in OCLC The rare edition of the historically grounded speech in which, following the madness of George III, Leach "distinguished himself in the Regency debates", reviewing from the 14th century forward the constitutional limits to be imposed upon a regency


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    Prison psychosis. A pseudonym? by Bowers, Paul E

    [Baltimore: American Journal of Insanity, 1913]. 8vo (23.5 cm, 9.25"). pp. 161-173. Bowers was the Physician in Charge, Indiana State Prison and here studies the alleged phenomenon of "prison psychosis" and concludes it to be nonsense. The insane prisoners are already suffering from psychosis and the other criminals are too smart and healthy to develop psychoses.     "Reprinted from [the] American Journal of Insanity, Vol. XII, No. 1, July, 1913. Original printed wrappers.


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    Autographed Letter Signed to a fellow doctor by BELL, Luther V. (1806 - 1862)

    Charleston, VA, 1855. unbound. 1 page, 9.75 x 7.5 inches, Charleston, Virginia, October 1, 1855, to Dr. Rufus Woodward, during Bell's brief retirement, in full: "Your letter was received just as I was leaving home, and with some others accidentally overlooked until to-day, when the application of an interested party to learn where a patient could be sent when insane, to a State Hospital, reminded me of it. I need scarcely say that I shall be very willing to be referred to via connection with your...for which I wish all success. Hoping that this reply may not be too late for your purpose." Irregular left margin; natural folds but otherwise in very good condition. Provenance: The Rufus Woodward Archive: sold at Alexander Autographs, February 2007; The Richard Manzi Collection; Argosy Books. American physician and one of the most important figures in Mental Health during the early 19th century. He was one of the founders of the Association Institutions for the Insane, now the American Psychiatric Association -- the first Medical Society in the United States. During the Civil War, he was assigned a commission as a surgeon in the U.S. Army, 11th Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers. He took part in the Battle of Bull Run but became ill and died several months later, on February 11, 1862. His papers are housed in the University of New Hampshire Library.


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    Feeblemindedness and the law from a medical viewpoint. by Salmon, Thomas W

    No place: No publisher, [1917]. 8vo (22.2 cm, 8.75"). 15, [1] pp. A paper reprinted "from The Medical Times, February, 1917" and "read at meeting of the Society of Medical Jurisprudence held November 13, 1916."     Thomas W. Salmon (1876–1927) was an early supporter of the "mental hygiene," a movement initially closely linked with eugenics that eventually evolved into the general idea of "mental health," and the treatment of the illness.     Provenance: On the front wrapper, a stamp for Yale University Library dated June 8, 1917, and numbers in pencil.     WorldCat has located one institutional copy (Harvard). In paper wrappers; minor edgewear, light winkling to top corner of wrappers and pages. Provenance marks as above.


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    Sixty-fifth annual report of the South Carolina Lunatic Asylum for the fiscal year 1887-88. by South Carolina Lunatic Asylum

    Columbia, SC: James H. Woodrow, state printe, 1888. 8vo (23 cm, 9"). 89 pp. Data on patients is given for white males, colored males, white females, colored females with specifics about nature of mental problem, probable cause, duration, and if patient has died, cause of death. In the matter of disbursement of funds for the operation of the hospital and the care and feeding of the patients, the report gives the name of every person receiving money, the sum, and nature of the payment. Supplements at the end give figures for the cost of maintaining a patients in out of state asylums -- number of patients and the per capita cost per patient. The per capita costs are dramatically varied. The McLean Asylum in Boston had 169 patients with a per capita cost of $863.48 while Blackwell's Island Asylum in New York City had 1612 patients with a per capita cost $90.00. Original printed wrappers, chipping to edges of wrappers. Very good.


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    State of an institution near York, called the Retreat, for persons afflicted with disorders of the mind. by York Retreat

    York [England]: Printed by Henry Cobb, 1821. 16mo (17 cm; 6.75"). 27, [1] pp. The York Retreat (1796-1914) was an early Quaker experiment in the treatment of mental illness. William Tuke was its founder and originally limited treatment and admission to Quakers but gradually the Retreat became open to everyone.     The annual reports are generally rare, especially the early ones. Removed from a nonce volume. Very good.


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    Hallucinations of the insane. by Burr, Charles W

    Richmond, VA: Old Dominion Publishing Corporation, 1909. 8vo (23.5 cm, 9.25"). 10 pp. A paper "reprinted from the Old Dominion Journal of Medicine and Surgery, Vol. viii, No. 1, January 1909."     Dr. Charles W. Burr (1861–1944) was a professor of mental diseases at the University of Pennsylvania.     WorldCat could not locate any institutional copies. In gray paper wrappers; front wrapper lightly soiled at top edge, spine rubbed, numbers written in one corner. Minor wrinkling to top corners of pages; interior unmarked.


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    Autographed Letter Signed to a fellow doctor by PARSONS, A.C. (1823 - 1893)

    Providence, RI, 1850. unbound. 2 pages (front and back), 10 x 8 inches, Providence, Rhode Island, June 14, 1850, to Dr. Rufus Woodward, asking him to provide a profile on his recently deceased father, Dr. Samuel B. Woodward, in part: "...As Secretary of the R. I. Medical Society it is my duty to prepare a sketch of the Honorary Members of the Society who have died during the first year. Your father was one, & I am very desirous to mention the most prominent events in his life correctly...Not finding anything in the journals that is satisfactory, I write to ask you if you can mention to me the most important events & dates in his life - what books he published & at what dates - how many Asylum Reports came from him - and what were his particular views on any subjects connected with insanity, with which his name is connected..." Natural folds, parts underlined in pencil, portion torn off the back black page with no loss of text; very good(-) condition. Provenance: The Rufus Woodward Archive: sold at Alexander Autographs, February 2007; The Richard Manzi Collection; Argosy Books. Harvard educated physician and lecturer at Brown University. He was the only son of the great surgeon Usher Parsons. During the 1850s he was elected President of the Rhode Island Medical Society and is still remembered for his meticulously written journals. Dr. Samuel Bayard Woodward, the recipient of this letter, was the medical superintendent at the first public hospital for the mentally ill in the United States.


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    Report on the chronic insane in certain counties exempted by the State Board of Charities from the operation of the Willard Asylum Act. by Letchworth, William Pryor; Sarah M. Carpenter

    Albany: Weed, Parsons, 1882. 8vo (23 cm, 9.25"). [1] f., ii, 108 pp., plans. County by country report of hospitals for the insane and mentally incapcitated with a few plans of buildings. Includes details of diets, clothing activities, treatment.     Carpenter served in various important capacities in the mental health community of New York state including as the Commissioner for the Second Judicial District. Publisher's printed blue wrappers. Wrappers starting to detach, some chipping. A good copy.


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    The touchstone of complexions: expedient and profitable for all such as bee desirous and carefull of their bodily health: containing most ready tokens, whereby every one may perfectly try, and thorowly know, as well the exact state, habit, disposition, and constitution of his body outwardly: as also the inclinations, affections, motions, and desires of his minde inwardly. by Lemnius, Levinus

    London: Printed by E[lizabeth] A[llde] for Michael Sparke, 1633. 4to (18.5 cm, 7.5"). [4] ff., 248 pp., [5 (of 6)] ff., without the final blank. De habitu et constitutione corporis was first printed in 1561 and is from the pen of Levinus Lemnius (1505–68), who received his medical degree from Padua, studied with Vesalius, was a friend of Dodoens and Gesner, and practiced in his hometown of Zirichne. This English translation of his work uses "complexion" in an archaic way that is explained by Hunter and Macalpine:     "By complexion was meant the combination of 'qualities' such as hot and cold, moist and dry, and of the four humours in certain proportion which together made up a person's physical and mental temperament or habit; this in turn determined the diseases to which he was liable and the rules which preserved his health. This ancient pathophysiology was fully expounded by Lemiius. . . . [In order to avoid forgetfulness, dotage, lack of right wits, doltishness, idiocy, and the like], Lemnius recommended shaving the beard as much as a matter almost of mental as physical hygiene, and on the same lines advanced the ancient method of treating diseases of the head and so also of the mind by shaving the head to allow the 'grosse vapours' offending the brain to 'fume oute.' Although even in his time many considered this practice a 'vayne and absurde fable' it continued in widespread use as a treatment of insanity for more than three centuries" (p. 22)     This is the third English-language edition, following the first of 1576 and the second of 1581, and it was also the last until the work was reprinted in 1881. The translation into English is by Thomas Newton (1543?–1607), the rector of Little Ilford, Essex.     Provenance: 17th- or early 18th-century signature of Simon Tar(r)ver on verso of title-page and again in lower margin of leaf opposite p 1. On blank recto of dedication page, four lines and a few letters and numbers in a large hand, overall not quite intelligible to us but with "An Bensen" and the date(?) 1764 among the elements certain. 19th-century signature of Joseph Gardner in lower area of the verso of the last printed leaf. Most recently in the library of Robert Sadoff, M.D., sans indicia.     A collector friend who is far more accomplished with English 17th-century hand than I (DMS), wrote me about Simon Tar(r)ver and his writing and jottings: "It is a fascinating example of someone who I would guess is barely able to write and almost certainly self-taught." For example he uses "Rote" for "Wrote" in association with one of his signatures and penned “Ingold land is my nashion” next to his name in another.     WorldCat and ESTC combine to locate 13 U.S. libraries reporting ownership; however, the copy reported at Claremont Colleges seems to be a microform and the Countway copy is incomplete (lacking leaves 65–88).     It should be noted that several of the reported copies give the book as "printed by E[dward] A[llde] for Michael Sparke," which is impossible as Edward died in 1628. Rather, "E.A." is his widow => Elizabeth Allde.          STC (rev. ed.)15458; ESTC E108477; Hunter & Macalpine, Three hundred years of psychiatry 1535–1860. Contemporary calf with plain boards (blind-ruled borders), rebacked in the 20th century with a small area of the front board's leather replaced at lower outside corner; new, plain endpapers with a collector's pencilled notes and old cataloguing of another copy taped to rear pastedown; archival tape repairs to two upper margins. General age-toning and limited instances of staining from water, ink, and dust; a good to very good copy with => potentially quite interesting provenance.


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    Papers and proceedings of the National Association for the Protection of the Insane and the Prevention of Insanity, at the stated meeting held in New York city, January 20, 1882. by National Association for the Protection of the Insane and the Prevention of Insanity

    New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1882. 8vo (24 cm, 9"). iv, 55, [1] pp. Proceedings of the second meeting and papers by Nathan Allen, C.L. Dana, E.C. Seguin, and J.C. Shaw. Original printed wrappers, lacking rear one; front one chipped with small losses.


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    The borderland of insanity in its clinical aspects. by Punton, John

    [Oklahoma City?]: No publisher, 1907. 16mo (16.9 cm, 6.625"). 30 pp. An "address delivered by request at the inaugural of the Southwest Medical Association, held at Oklahoma City, October 30, 1906." The paper has been "reprinted from Kansas City Medical Index — Lancet, January 1907." Punton, of Kansas City, MO, was "professor of Nervous and Mental Diseases University Medical College, Member of American Neurological Association, Member American Psychological Association, [and] Ex-President Kansas City Academy of Medicine."     Provenance: Yale Library accession stamp of 1929 on front wrapper.     WorldCat locates only two U.S. (ICU, PPCP) libraries reporting ownership. In original tan wrappers; ex-library stamp and numbers on front wrapper. Interior is age-toned; otherwise unmarked.


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    Are the insane responsible for criminal acts? by Punton, John

    [New York: Medical News, 1904]. Small 8vo (19.7 cm, 7.75"). 14 pp. A paper "reprinted from The Medical News, Oct. 15, 1904," and "read before the American Psychological Association, St. Louis, Mo., June, 1904."     Punton, of Kansas City, MO, was "professor of Nervous and Mental Diseases University Medical College, Member of American Neurological Association, Member American Psychological Association, [and] Ex-President Kansas City Academy of Medicine."     Provenance: On the front wrapper, a stamp from Yale University Library dated February 23, 1920; library numbers in blue pencil are in the bottom corner.     WorldCat has located one institutional copy in the U.S. In tan paper wrappers; minor edgewear and fading, wrappers and leaves creased vertically down the middle. Provenance marks as above, interior unmarked.


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    Psychiatric expert evidence in criminal proceedings — its imperfection and remedy. by Jacoby, George W

    [New York]: A.R. Elliott Pub. Co., 1908. 8vo (20.3 cm, 8"). 23, [1] pp. A paper "reprinted from the New York Medical Journal incorporating the Philadelphia Medical Journal and the Medical News, March 7, 1908," and "read before the New York Neurological Society, at its meeting March 3, 1908."     Provenance: On the front wrapper, a (faint) stamp from Yale University Library.     WorldCat could not locate any institutional copies. In gray wrappers; minor edgewear. Provenance marks as above; interior lightly age-toned, otherwise unmarked.


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    A psychiatric contribution to the study of delinquency. by Adler, Herman M

    No place: No publisher, [1917]. Small 4to (25.3 cm, 10"). [45]–68 pp. A paper "reprinted from the Journal of the American Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology. Volume Eight, Number One, May 1917" in which the subject of delinquency, its several definitions, how it may be diagnosed, and what practices may help a delinquent patient, is surveyed.     Herman M. Adler (1876–1935) was a Harvard–educated neuropathologist who served as chief of staff at the Boston Psychopathic Hospital, and as an assistant professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.     WorldCat does not locate any institutional copies. In paper wrappers; edgeworn and lightly dirtied, some creasing, fragile front hinge. Staples rusting within, a few creased corners, interior otherwise unmarked.


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    Twelfth annual report of the directors and superintendent of the Ohio Lunatic Asylum, to the forty-ninth general assembly of the state of Ohio. For the year 1850. by Ohio Lunatic Asylum

    Columbus: S. Medary, 1851. 8vo. 64 pp. 1850 report on the care and treatment of patients in the Columbus institution. Removed from a nonce volume. Foxed, with some lower corners dog-eared and outer edges of last few leaves creased.


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    [wrapper title] The commitment of the insane and the "Insanity Law" of the state of New York. by Jacoby, George W

    New York: New York Medical Journal, 1896. Small 8vo (7.5'). 19 pp. Reprinted from the New York Medical Journal for November 23, 1896, and originally read before the New York Neurological Society, October 6, 1896. Printed wrappers, fore-edge of rear one chipped with loss.


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    The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal. Thursday, November 4, 1869. Vol. IV — No. 17.

    Boston: Boston Medical & Surgical Journal, 1869. Small 4to (24.8 cm, 9.75"). [237]–252 pp. The head article details the trial of Samuel M. Andrews who was indicted for the murder of Cornelius Holmes. The account was "taken from the testimony in court at the trial, the whole of which [E.J., the author] heard; from personal interviews with Deacon Andrews in prison, from conversations with persons in Kingston, both those who believed him guilty and those who thought him innocent of murder, and from a personal examination of the scene of the homicide."     "Holmes was beaten to death with stones by Andrews, whom he had named as his heir in his will. The defendant pleaded insanity and self-defense, for he had to fight off Holmes' attempted act of sodomy" (McDade).          McDade, Annals of Murder, 12–15, but not listing this version. Removed from a nonce volume; wrinkling along spine. Occasional dark spotting to leaves; text is unaffected.


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    [wrapper title] The physical manifestations of disease. by Gundry, Richard

    Baltimore: J.W. Borst & Co., 1881. 8vo (9"). 22 pp. Reprint from Transactions of the Medical and Chirugical Faculty of Maryland, 1881." Author was superintendent of the Maryland Hospital for the Insane and professor mental diseases in the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Baltimore. Original printed green wrappers; top outer corner of front wrapper torn with small loss.


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    The defective delinquent class: Differentiating tests. by Fernald, Guy G

    [Baltimore: Utica State Hospital Press, 1912]. 8vo (23.7 cm, 9.25"). [523]–594 pp.; 1 fold. chart. A paper "reprinted from American Journal of Insanity, Vol. LXVIII, No. 4, April, 1912," and "read before the Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology, October 19, 1911."     Dr. Guy G. Fernald was a resident physician at the Massachusetts Reformatory in Concord.     Provenance: On the front wrapper, a stamp for Yale University Library dated November 10, 1919. A "With the Compliments of the Author" slip is included.     WorldCat has located four institutional copies in the U.S. In tan paper wrappers; minor edgewear and age-toning. Provenance marks as above; front hinge strained and exposing backing, first and last pages age-toned, offsetting on first page from author's compliments slip, closed tear to center of one leaf, interior otherwise unmarked.


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