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  • THE LADIES' ASSISTANT FOR REGULATING AND SUPPLYING THE TABLE; by MASON, Charlotte.
    MASON, Charlotte.
    THE LADIES' ASSISTANT FOR REGULATING AND SUPPLYING THE TABLE; being a Complete System of Cookery, &c ... Originally published form the Manuscript Collection of Mrs. Charlotte Mason ... Sixth Edition, enlarged, corrected, and improved to the present time ... London: Printed for J. Walter ...

    1787. 8vo, pp. [xx], 484, [20] index and final verso publisher’s advertisement; a number of small paper flaws and marginal tears, notably at T8, Aa5, Aa8, Bb4, Ff8 (with loss of outer corner just touching text), and Bb6; somewhat foxed throughout, with quite prominent staining affecting upper margins sporadically throughout; Later edition of this popular work, first published in 1773. Charlotte Mason was ‘a professional housekeeper, who had upwards of thirty years experience in families of the first fashion’. According to the preface for the first edition which is reprinted here, the book was the first ‘that contained any instructions for Regulating a Table’, and the present sixth edition includes a further encyclopaedic 117 pages of bills of fare.
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    1787. 8vo, pp. [xx], 484, [20] index and final verso publisher’s advertisement; a number of small paper flaws and marginal tears, notably at T8, Aa5, Aa8, Bb4, Ff8 (with loss of outer corner just touching text), and Bb6; somewhat foxed throughout, with quite prominent staining affecting upper margins sporadically throughout; Later edition of this popular work, first published in 1773. Charlotte Mason was ‘a professional housekeeper, who had upwards of thirty years experience in families of the first fashion’. According to the preface for the first edition which is reprinted here, the book was the first ‘that contained any instructions for Regulating a Table’, and the present sixth edition includes a further encyclopaedic 117 pages of bills of fare.
    The recipes are designed ‘for a servant ... that ... if she has a common genius and a good palate, she may be made capable of any cook’s place’. They include, for example, how to prepare a Pig Matelote: ‘Having gutted and scalded your pig, cut off the head and pettitoes, and cut your pig into four quarters; put them with the head and toes into cold water ...’. A. W. Oxford remarks that The Ladies Assistant ‘seems an excellent and well-prepared book, but few people would care for Viper-Broth’. It does, however, include one of the earliest curry recipes calling for 'curree powder', and also one of the first descriptions on how to make a sandwich. The first edition of the work was favourably reviewed in both The Critical Review and The Monthly Review in 1775, and the revised second edition, to which Mrs. Mason affixed her name, was also mentioned, with The Critical Review saying that it was "considerably enlarged.and forms a very complete system of cookery."
    Most editions of The Lady's Assistant are uncommon, and forms a valuable sourcebook for later 18th century English recipes. ESTC N19313; Maclean 95; Oxford 107; Vicaire 572; this edition not in Cagle.

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    Condition: in recent quarter calf over marbled boards with new endpapers, spine in compartments with raised bands, ruled in gilt with green morocco label.

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  • MINE GASES AND GAS TESTING by MCTRUSTY, J. W.
    MCTRUSTY, J. W.
    MINE GASES AND GAS TESTING for underground officials and workmen. Including an account of colliery explosions, coal dust, and breathing apparatus. With 16 Illustrations and diagrams. Wigan, Thomas Wall and Sons Limited, “The Science and Art of Mining” Office, Wigan. England. 1913.

    1911. 8vo, pp. 150, [2] publishers’ advertisements; with photographic frontispiece, and 16 text diagrams and half-tone illustrations; small nick at outer margin of pp. 117-120, title-page a little browned, with occasional light soiling; with contemporary repair to front free endpaper; Uncommon first edition in book form of this practical work on mine safety, by the mechanical engineer J. W McTrusty ‘Lecturer on Mining to Warwickshire County Council’, and based upon a series of articles first published in ‘The Science and Art of Mining during 1911-12’. Aimed at mining firemen, examiners and deputies, there were written to help them to understand the new regulations brought in by the Coal Mines Act of 1911. The chapters deal in turn with safety issues…

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    1911. 8vo, pp. 150, [2] publishers’ advertisements; with photographic frontispiece, and 16 text diagrams and half-tone illustrations; small nick at outer margin of pp. 117-120, title-page a little browned, with occasional light soiling; with contemporary repair to front free endpaper; Uncommon first edition in book form of this practical work on mine safety, by the mechanical engineer J. W McTrusty ‘Lecturer on Mining to Warwickshire County Council’, and based upon a series of articles first published in ‘The Science and Art of Mining during 1911-12’. Aimed at mining firemen, examiners and deputies, there were written to help them to understand the new regulations brought in by the Coal Mines Act of 1911. The chapters deal in turn with safety issues surrounding mine air; carbon and oxides; black-damp; fire-damp; the diffusion of gases; shaft and underground fires; colliery explosions; the dangers of coal-dust; and with a final chapter on breathing apparatus. The Appendices include official advice on safety procedures to be followed at all mines.
    A second edition was published in 1916, and was again issued in 1919. OCLC locates copies at Trinity College, Dublin, Cambridge, the National Library of Scotland, Swansea, Sheffield and Strathclude; only one copy in Canada located.

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    Condition: in the original maroon publisher’s cloth, upper cover lettered in gilt, tail of spine nicked with small loss, spine and outer margins a little sunned; a good copy.

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  • BEECHAM’S MUSIC PORTFOLIO by [MEDICAL ADVERTISEMENT]. BEECHAM’S PILLS.
    [MEDICAL ADVERTISEMENT]. BEECHAM’S PILLS.
    BEECHAM’S MUSIC PORTFOLIO No 28 Registered. The Anchor’s Weigh’d. Copyright edition. A Wonderful Medicine. Canning & Cp., Lith, 3, Ridgmount St. W. C. [London, n.d. but ca. late 1890s early 1900s].

    1890. Small 8vo, single folded sheet, pp. [4]; front and rear ‘covers’ printed in red, with music notation in black; some minor soiling and spotting, but otherwise very good. Another novelty advertising vehicle issued by the firm of Beecham’s, and promoting their famous pills for the cure of ‘bilious and nervous disorders’. Clearly a firm willing to embrace differing advertising opportunities, the ‘Beecham’s Music Portfolio’ eventually ran to some twenty volumes, each volume containing 30 popular songs for voice and piano. Originally published in St Helen’s, Lancashire, from where the firm was based, the complete volumes of songs could be purchased from the company, whilst individual songs sheets, as here, appear to have been sold, or indeed given away, by…

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    1890. Small 8vo, single folded sheet, pp. [4]; front and rear ‘covers’ printed in red, with music notation in black; some minor soiling and spotting, but otherwise very good. Another novelty advertising vehicle issued by the firm of Beecham’s, and promoting their famous pills for the cure of ‘bilious and nervous disorders’. Clearly a firm willing to embrace differing advertising opportunities, the ‘Beecham’s Music Portfolio’ eventually ran to some twenty volumes, each volume containing 30 popular songs for voice and piano. Originally published in St Helen’s, Lancashire, from where the firm was based, the complete volumes of songs could be purchased from the company, whilst individual songs sheets, as here, appear to have been sold, or indeed given away, by pharmacies.
    The pills, originally sold as a laxative, first appeared on the market in 1842, and were invented by the chemist Thomas Beecham (1820-1907), grandfather of the famous conductor. The pills themselves were a combination of aloe, ginger, and soap, and unusually for patent medicines, they did actually have some positive effect on the digestive process.

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  • BEECHAM’S “ORACLE” by [MEDICAL ADVERTISEMENT.] BEECHAM’S PILLS LTD.
    [MEDICAL ADVERTISEMENT.] BEECHAM’S PILLS LTD.
    BEECHAM’S “ORACLE” This novelty is the property of Beecham’s Pills Limited. St. Helens, England. [n.d. but ca. 1930s?].

    1930. Single sheet on crepe paper, 184 x 120mm, printed on recto only along the outer margins, central box apparently blank - though impregnated with secret message to be revealed when heated; clean and fresh. An advertising novelty produced by the famous firm of Beecham’s. As the note along the left margin states: ‘When you suffer from colds, chills, influenza, headache, rheumatism, nerve pains, Beecham’s Powders Act like Magic’. The present curiosity is itself a magical trick to highlight the tag line. The application of a glowing piece of burned string to the central panel will reveal a secret message - which in this case appears to reveal a tortoise! A previous example, showed a chicken, with another, which though…

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    1930. Single sheet on crepe paper, 184 x 120mm, printed on recto only along the outer margins, central box apparently blank - though impregnated with secret message to be revealed when heated; clean and fresh. An advertising novelty produced by the famous firm of Beecham’s. As the note along the left margin states: ‘When you suffer from colds, chills, influenza, headache, rheumatism, nerve pains, Beecham’s Powders Act like Magic’. The present curiosity is itself a magical trick to highlight the tag line. The application of a glowing piece of burned string to the central panel will reveal a secret message - which in this case appears to reveal a tortoise! A previous example, showed a chicken, with another, which though difficult to discern, incorporated the phrase ‘Beecham’s Pills’.

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  • GOLD MEDAL HAARLEM OIL by [MEDICAL ADVERTISEMENT]. [TILLY, G. de Koning].
    [MEDICAL ADVERTISEMENT]. [TILLY, G. de Koning].
    GOLD MEDAL HAARLEM OIL Prepared by the Genuine Haarlem Oil Manufacturing Co. (Oprechte Haarlemmerolie Fabriek) Successors to G. de Konig Tilly, ... Incorporated under Letters Patent from Her Majesty, Wilhelmina, Queen of the Netherlands. ca. 1906/7.

    1906. Large single sheet broadside, 340 x 250mm; printed on both sides in red and black, with engraved vignettes; central horizontal fold evident; paper lightly browned with some occasional foxing, paper quite prominently creased; a couple of minor marginal tears, but otherwise good. A 20th century medical broadside - in fact the bottle wrapper according to the text - promoting the benefits of Genuine Haarlem Oil (real Dutch drops) and attesting to its authenticity. Originally prepared by Claas Tilly in his laboratory ‘the formula for this remedy has been handed down from generation to generation’ and soon gained a reputation as a cure for kidney and bladder complaints. According to the present day Haarlem Oil web site he was assisted…

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    1906. Large single sheet broadside, 340 x 250mm; printed on both sides in red and black, with engraved vignettes; central horizontal fold evident; paper lightly browned with some occasional foxing, paper quite prominently creased; a couple of minor marginal tears, but otherwise good. A 20th century medical broadside - in fact the bottle wrapper according to the text - promoting the benefits of Genuine Haarlem Oil (real Dutch drops) and attesting to its authenticity. Originally prepared by Claas Tilly in his laboratory ‘the formula for this remedy has been handed down from generation to generation’ and soon gained a reputation as a cure for kidney and bladder complaints. According to the present day Haarlem Oil web site he was assisted by Hermann Boerhave in the production of the remedy, who though sharing the profits of the medicine and recommending its use, was prevented from associating his name with a commercial proprietary product through the ethics of his profession. ‘The ingredients follow a process that take several days, in which the particular chemical preparation and difficult analysis has permitted the Tilly Family to preserve the secret of the production during 200 years’ (present day web site).
    It proved so popular, that it was inevitable that a number of imitations were produced, with many claiming to be the genuine Tilly Haarlem Oil. At some point in the early 20th century the company gained an American backer, and in around 1906 the Dutch government granted a charter to the company which was given the right to use the word "genuine" and the words "Oudste Fabriek" (oldest factory) on its product, a privilege which was not been granted to any other concern or individual making or handling Haarlem Oil. The American connection meant that the remedy had to conform with the requirements of the United States Food and Drugs Act of 1906. The present broadside attests to this, and notes that from hereon their bottles will have blown on to them the words ‘G. de Konig Tilly’. Indeed in 1911 the Federal Government prosecuted the The Holland Medicine Co, of Scranton, Pennsylvania for falsely selling Gold Medal Genuine Tilly Haarlem Oil Capsules, For kidney, liver and bladder. Other issues located at the Library Company of Philadelphia (more than one issue), Harvard, Princeton, possibly at the Wellcome and the National Library of Scotland

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  • A tariff to standardise medical fees in Turin and including an Obstetrical Calendar
    TARIFFA DEGLI ONORARI by [MEDICAL TARIFFS].
    [MEDICAL TARIFFS].
    TARIFFA DEGLI ONORARI Per le cure, assistenze, consulte e operazioni di medicina, chirurgia, ostetricia e veterinaria. Torino, Stamperia Gazzetta del Popolo, 1873.

    1873. 8vo, pp. 32; with a blank temperature chart loosely inserted; with printer’s device on title-page; somewhat browned and foxed throughout due to paper quality, gutters exposed in a couple of places, notably between pp. 4-5, lower gutter chipped with some loss, corners a little furled; An unusual and scarce insight into the attempted regulation of medical fees in Turin at the end of the nineteenth century. A suggested tariff for the services of physicians, surgeons, phlebotomists, midwives and veterinarians was first compiled by the Consiglio Superiore di Sanità in 1852. The preface notes, however, that in the intervening period the prices of most necessary things have more than doubled, in line with an increased general prosperity throughout all walks…

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    1873. 8vo, pp. 32; with a blank temperature chart loosely inserted; with printer’s device on title-page; somewhat browned and foxed throughout due to paper quality, gutters exposed in a couple of places, notably between pp. 4-5, lower gutter chipped with some loss, corners a little furled; An unusual and scarce insight into the attempted regulation of medical fees in Turin at the end of the nineteenth century. A suggested tariff for the services of physicians, surgeons, phlebotomists, midwives and veterinarians was first compiled by the Consiglio Superiore di Sanità in 1852. The preface notes, however, that in the intervening period the prices of most necessary things have more than doubled, in line with an increased general prosperity throughout all walks and classes of society. It is therefore deemed fair and necessary that professional medical fees should also increase, and thus the present guide has been issued. In no way a legal document, the tariff is merely a guideline, showing an average of what one might expect to pay. An extensive list of common medical consultations and procedures then follows.
    Also of interest is the Obstetrical Calendar that is included from pp. 24 onwards. Compiled by Professor Domenico of the Turin Obstetrical Clinic, the year long calendar gives two columns for each month showing the date of last menstruation and corresponding expected date of delivery. Loosely inserted is also a blank temperature chart to be filled in. Not located on OCLC or KVK; ICCU locates a similar shorter title issued in Casale in 1866.

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    Condition: in the original printed wrappers, spine with old tape repair, though with loss at tail, upper lower corner repaired with tape, covers quite foxed and soiled with two ring marks on upper cover, two labels along spine, and accession number? in blue crayon on upper cover; a little fragile, but sound.

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  • MELBOURNE OLYMPIC GAMES by MELBOURNE OLYMPICS SILK SOUVENIR HANDKERCHIEF.
    MELBOURNE OLYMPICS SILK SOUVENIR HANDKERCHIEF.
    MELBOURNE OLYMPIC GAMES 22nd November - 8th December. 1956.

    1956. Silk chiffon handkerchief, with map of Australia and Olympic torch at centre; a little fragile but clean and sound; Attractively colour printed souvenir silk souvenir.

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  • DE FISSURIS HOMINIS MAMMALIUMQUE CONGENITIS by MEYER, Conrad.
    MEYER, Conrad.
    DE FISSURIS HOMINIS MAMMALIUMQUE CONGENITIS accedit fissurae buccalis congenitae cum fissurae tubae Eustachii et tympani complicatae descriptio. Dissertatio Inauguralis, quam consensu et auctoritate gratiosi medicorum ordinis in Universitate litteraria Friderica Guilelma, ut summi in medicine et chirurgia honoes Rite sibi concedantur, Die XX. Mens. Augusti A. MDCCXXXV. Opponentibus H. Troll, ... F. Miescher ... O. de Gonzenbach ... Berolini, Typis Julii Sittenfeldii. 1835.

    1835. Small folio, pp. [viii], 36, [2] duplicate leaf of pp. 35-6,[37]-44, [4] explanation to plates and vitae curriculum; with four engraved plates, one partially hand-coloured in blue and red, and signed ‘Franz Wagner del, C. Guinard sc’; title-page somewhat browned, with further browning and foxing throughout, plates quite prominently foxed and browned, corners a little furled, with a few small marginal nicks and tears, ink accession number at upper margin of title-page with very faint blindstamp at tail; A detailed dissertation on pathological anatomy, focusing upon human and animal abnormalities, and in particular the various types of bone fissures. For a doctoral thesis it is surprisingly well produced in the larger folio format, using appealing typography and including four…

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    1835. Small folio, pp. [viii], 36, [2] duplicate leaf of pp. 35-6,[37]-44, [4] explanation to plates and vitae curriculum; with four engraved plates, one partially hand-coloured in blue and red, and signed ‘Franz Wagner del, C. Guinard sc’; title-page somewhat browned, with further browning and foxing throughout, plates quite prominently foxed and browned, corners a little furled, with a few small marginal nicks and tears, ink accession number at upper margin of title-page with very faint blindstamp at tail; A detailed dissertation on pathological anatomy, focusing upon human and animal abnormalities, and in particular the various types of bone fissures. For a doctoral thesis it is surprisingly well produced in the larger folio format, using appealing typography and including four finely engraved plates illustrating the head of a young lamb or calf.
    Conrad Meyer-Ahrens (1813-1872) was a Swiss physician and medical historian. He studied at the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Berlin where he publicly defended the present dissertation. The dedication is to his teacher, Johannes Müller. Hirsch, p.223; OCLC locate copies at Chicago, Harvard, Michigan, Columbia, Cornell, New York Academy, Washington and Cambridge.

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    Condition: sympathetically rebound in modern black marbled papers to style, with some light wear to joints and extremities.

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  • Recognising the work of a doctor during the war of 1870
    [RED CROSS DIPLOMA]. SECOURS VOLONTAIRE SUR LES CHAMPS DE BATAILLE, by [MILITARY MEDICINE].
    [MILITARY MEDICINE].
    [RED CROSS DIPLOMA]. SECOURS VOLONTAIRE SUR LES CHAMPS DE BATAILLE, dans les ambulances et dans les hôpitaux. Le Conseil de la Société Française de Secours aux Blessés et Malades des Armées de terre et de Mer. Paris, 1871.

    1871. Large single leaf engraved diploma, 327 x 428mm, text within attractive border with the insignia of the Red Cross; with neat manuscript annotations and signatures; with the stamp of the ‘Société de Secours Aux Blessés Militaires, Le Mans’; lightly creased with evidence of previous horizontal and vertical folds, and some faint marginal soiling; a fine example. An appealing ephemeral item, the present diploma has been presented by the Red Cross to ‘M. Cormery, médecin au Mans’, ‘en souvenir de son dévouement dans les ambulances du Mans’. The document is dated December 15th 1871 and has been signed by the President Le comte de Flavigny, Le comte Sérurier (the vice-president) and the Secretary-General Le comte de Beaufort.

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  • Depiction of a Red Cross Ambulance worker
    ‘AMBULANCES INTERNATIONALES’ by [MILITARY MEDICINE]. DRANER [pseudonym Jules RENARD].
    [MILITARY MEDICINE]. DRANER [pseudonym Jules RENARD].
    ‘AMBULANCES INTERNATIONALES’ Pourvu qu’ils ne me donnent pas trop de besogne. [Taken from SOUVENIRS DU SIÉGE DE PARIS]. Déposé - Touts droits réservés. [Paris, Au bureau de l’Eclipse, Imprimerie Coulboeuft 1871].

    1871. Hand-coloured lithograph, image 225 x 155mm; sheet size 185 x 290mm; lightly foxed and soiled; neatly mounted. An appealing hand-coloured lithograph which depicts a French medic in the uniform of the red cross, together with armlet and belt bag. On the right can be seen two stretcher bearers, with a mobile Red Cross ambulance visible in the background on the left.
    The image is plate 17 from a noted series of 31 hand-coloured lithographs produced under the title Souvenirs du Siége de Paris by the leading French illustrator and caricaturist Jules Renard [b.1833], known as ‘Draner’. Renard contributed to several of the major French periodicals of the day, and much of his work was satirical. Lipperheide Xe 211; Colas 894. Hiler p. 744.

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  • LES MÉDECINS À LA CENSURE by [MOLIERE.] BEZANÇON, Germain de.
    [MOLIERE.] BEZANÇON, Germain de.
    LES MÉDECINS À LA CENSURE ou entretiens sur la medecine. A Paris, Chez Louis Gontier, Libraire Juré, sur le Quay des Augustins, à l’image S. Barbe, proche l’Hostel de Luynes.

    1677. 12mo, pp. [xii], 370, [2]; with small printer’s device on title-page signed ‘DF’, and woodcut head-pieces and initials; small wormhole in lower outer margin running from title-page to p. 190, with some occasional minor spotting and soiling; First edition of this series of philosophical dialogues between Cariste, a cleric and advocate, Cleante, a gentleman, and Sosandre, a well-known doctor. Inspired by, and indeed citing the works of Molière, most notably ‘Tartuffe’ and his ‘Malade Imaginaire’ (during a performance of which in 1673 Moliere fell ill and later died), the three main protagonists partake in a series of satirical exchanges during which Sosandre defends his profession. The author Bezancon, himself a physician and the author of two further works, insists…

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    1677. 12mo, pp. [xii], 370, [2]; with small printer’s device on title-page signed ‘DF’, and woodcut head-pieces and initials; small wormhole in lower outer margin running from title-page to p. 190, with some occasional minor spotting and soiling; First edition of this series of philosophical dialogues between Cariste, a cleric and advocate, Cleante, a gentleman, and Sosandre, a well-known doctor. Inspired by, and indeed citing the works of Molière, most notably ‘Tartuffe’ and his ‘Malade Imaginaire’ (during a performance of which in 1673 Moliere fell ill and later died), the three main protagonists partake in a series of satirical exchanges during which Sosandre defends his profession. The author Bezancon, himself a physician and the author of two further works, insists that he is no apologist for medicine, however, and that the reader must decide for themselves whether Sosandre’s replies are reasonable. A number of philosophers, both ancient and modern, are cites throughout including Montaigne and de Thou.
    The work was translated into Italian in the following year. Guibert Bibliographie des Oeuvres de Molière, II. p. 810, n. 76;Wellcome II, p. 161; Krivatsy 1227; Waller 1023; Cioranescu 12057.

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    Condition: contemporary calf, spine in compartments with raised bands, ruled and lettered in gilt, with red sprinkled edges, head and tail of spine chipped and worn, exposing headbands at head, upper joint split at tail, covers a little scuffed, corners worn; contemporary bookseller’s ticket of Laurent d’Houry, Paris, on front pastedown, contemporary ownership inscription on front free endpaper, and later bookplate of Dr. J. Pyenneville, Rouen.

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  • A MANUAL FOR CHINA PAINTERS by MONACHESI, Nicola di Rienzi.
    MONACHESI, Nicola di Rienzi.
    A MANUAL FOR CHINA PAINTERS Being a practical and comprehensive treatise on the art of painting china and glass with mineral colors. Boston: Lee and Shepard Publishers, 10 Milk Street.

    1897. 8vo, pp. [ii] blank, xii, 286; five plates with 135 mounted colour samples (of 137 though the two ‘relief white’ appear never to have been included) and with numerous text illustrations; fore-edge of pp. [iii] furled and a little nicked, with some of the samples on plate IV scuffed and lightly abraded, some occasional light soiling and spotting; Second edition (first 1896) of this attractively produced manual by the period china decorator and author Nicola di Rienzi Monachesi , based on ‘many years of observation and experience’ (preface). ‘The book is especially designed for those who have had but little, if any, previous knowledge of the subject, but who desire practical information and reliable instruction; and in pointing out…

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    1897. 8vo, pp. [ii] blank, xii, 286; five plates with 135 mounted colour samples (of 137 though the two ‘relief white’ appear never to have been included) and with numerous text illustrations; fore-edge of pp. [iii] furled and a little nicked, with some of the samples on plate IV scuffed and lightly abraded, some occasional light soiling and spotting; Second edition (first 1896) of this attractively produced manual by the period china decorator and author Nicola di Rienzi Monachesi , based on ‘many years of observation and experience’ (preface). ‘The book is especially designed for those who have had but little, if any, previous knowledge of the subject, but who desire practical information and reliable instruction; and in pointing out the common errors of the past, I have but made an effort to indicate how they may be avoided in the future’ (ibid).
    As far as we can ascertain, Mrs di Rienzi Monachesi was the daughter of Nicola Monachesi (1803-ca. 1851), considered one of the earliest fresco painters in America.

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    Condition: in the original decorative cream cloth, with attractive and elaborate blue ‘willow pattern’ embossed designs, spine a little darkened, covers slightly spotted and soiled, extremities a little bumped, but otherwise an appealing copy.

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  • TELEVISION TO-DAY & TO-MORROW by MOSELEY, Sydney A and H. J. BARTON CHAPPLE.
    MOSELEY, Sydney A and H. J. BARTON CHAPPLE.
    TELEVISION TO-DAY & TO-MORROW With a foreword by John L. Baird. London, Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd ...

    1930. 8vo, pp. xxiii, [i] blank, 130, 24 publisher’s advertisements; with 47 half-tone illustrations on 46 leaves, and 38 text illustrations; some minor marginal browning and occasional light soiling; with a number of neat marginal annotations in pencil throughout, in Swedish; with facsimile signature of John L. Baird; First edition of this important work, aimed at the general reader and amateur constructor, and one of the earliest works on television. Sydney Moseley was Baird's business manager and a tireless enthusiast for his work, and the present manual provides an detailed account of his work and system. His self-appointed champion and biographer, Moseley gives a strong defence of Baird and an extended account of the battle with the BBC Additional technical…

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    1930. 8vo, pp. xxiii, [i] blank, 130, 24 publisher’s advertisements; with 47 half-tone illustrations on 46 leaves, and 38 text illustrations; some minor marginal browning and occasional light soiling; with a number of neat marginal annotations in pencil throughout, in Swedish; with facsimile signature of John L. Baird; First edition of this important work, aimed at the general reader and amateur constructor, and one of the earliest works on television. Sydney Moseley was Baird's business manager and a tireless enthusiast for his work, and the present manual provides an detailed account of his work and system. His self-appointed champion and biographer, Moseley gives a strong defence of Baird and an extended account of the battle with the BBC Additional technical information is provided by H.J. Barton Chapple. ‘I started out to write a piquant history of television as I knew it at first hand, but the subject has grown out of hand. I found history was being made even as I wrote’ (p.xxii).

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    Condition: in the original green publisher’s cloth, upper cover with blindstamped border, spine and upper cover lettered in gilt, head and tail of spine a little bumped, some light soiling to covers, extremities lightly bumped.

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  • THE ILLUSTRATED COLLEGE HERBAL. by OAKELEY, Henry, Jane KNOWLES and Gillian BARLOW.
    OAKELEY, Henry, Jane KNOWLES and Gillian BARLOW.
    THE ILLUSTRATED COLLEGE HERBAL. Plants from the Pharmacopoea Londinensis of 1618. www.oakeleybooks. com. May

    2018. Large 4to; Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the College and the 400th Anniversary of the College’s Pharmacopoea Londinensis – the first pharmacopoeia to be manadatory for the whole country; This book contains specially commissioned paintings and drawings, and late medieval woodcuts, of nearly 200 plants growing in the Medicinal Garden of the Royal College of Physicians of London which were ingredients in the College’s Pharmacopoea Londinensis of 1618. Their contemporary uses are given from the publications of Nicholas Culpeper in 1649 and John Parkinson in 1640. The 17th century names of the 634 medicinal plants used in the Pharmacopoea have been painstakingly identified and listed with their modern botanical names – an invaluable resource for all interested in the…

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    2018. Large 4to; Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the College and the 400th Anniversary of the College’s Pharmacopoea Londinensis – the first pharmacopoeia to be manadatory for the whole country; This book contains specially commissioned paintings and drawings, and late medieval woodcuts, of nearly 200 plants growing in the Medicinal Garden of the Royal College of Physicians of London which were ingredients in the College’s Pharmacopoea Londinensis of 1618. Their contemporary uses are given from the publications of Nicholas Culpeper in 1649 and John Parkinson in 1640. The 17th century names of the 634 medicinal plants used in the Pharmacopoea have been painstakingly identified and listed with their modern botanical names – an invaluable resource for all interested in the history of plant-based medicine. The artists directory is included for all who seek commissions from them.
    Hardback, 224 pages, 325 x 230mm. ISBN: 978-0-9521461-7-9.

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    Condition: hardback.

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  • DAS KUNSTLICHE AUGE. by [OPHTHALMOLOGY.] MULLER, Friedrich A and Albert C.
    [OPHTHALMOLOGY.] MULLER, Friedrich A and Albert C.
    DAS KUNSTLICHE AUGE. Mit abbildungen im text und 1 Heliogravure. Wiesbaden. Verlag von J. F. Bergman,

    1910. 8vo, pp. viii, 75, [1] blank; with heliogravure frontispiece portrait, 10 half tone plates and numerous text illustrations; clean and crisp, with some minor edge wear to fore edge; A striking and profusely illustrated promotional work by the renowned German firm of Muller, manufacturers of artificial eyes, The work provides a brief historical introduction, a detailed description of their various artificial eyes and implementations, and concludes with a brief bibliography on the subject. OCLC locates copies at Mcgill, Chicago, Washington and the NLM.

    Condition: in the original printed publisher's cloth, a little soiled; a good copy; with authorial presentation inscription on front free endpaper.

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  • Biography of Duncan Main and his work at the Opium Refuge
    DOCTOR APRICOT OF “HEAVEN BELOW” by [OPIUM.] DE GRUCHÈ, Kingston.
    [OPIUM.] DE GRUCHÈ, Kingston.
    DOCTOR APRICOT OF “HEAVEN BELOW” The Story of the Hangchow Medical Mission (C.M.S.). [Third Edition]. Marshall Brothers, Ltd. Publishers London & Edinburgh. [n.d. but ca. 191-?]. [TOGETHER WITH]. DOHERTY, P. J. DOCTOR APRICOT. Eagle Books No. 41. London, Edinburgh House Press ... 1942.

    1942. Together two works, 8vo and 12mo; pp. [xii], 144; with frontispiece portrait of Dr Duncan Main, and 12 full-page photographs; a little browned throughout, with some prominent foxing in places; pp. 32; paper a little browned; with later newspaper clipping, and religious birthday card loosely inserted; Third edition (date of publication uncertain but post 1911) of this fascinating biography of Dr Duncan Main (1856-1934), the British physician renowned for his medical missionary work in Hangzhou in the south-eastern Chinese Province of Zheijiang, and in particular for his work at the Opium Refuge Hospital. As such it provides a valuable account of the opium epidemic and attempts at opium reform. Main, one of the most famous missionaries in China at…

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    1942. Together two works, 8vo and 12mo; pp. [xii], 144; with frontispiece portrait of Dr Duncan Main, and 12 full-page photographs; a little browned throughout, with some prominent foxing in places; pp. 32; paper a little browned; with later newspaper clipping, and religious birthday card loosely inserted; Third edition (date of publication uncertain but post 1911) of this fascinating biography of Dr Duncan Main (1856-1934), the British physician renowned for his medical missionary work in Hangzhou in the south-eastern Chinese Province of Zheijiang, and in particular for his work at the Opium Refuge Hospital. As such it provides a valuable account of the opium epidemic and attempts at opium reform. Main, one of the most famous missionaries in China at the end of the 19th and early 20th century, went on to help found the Hospital of Universal Benevolence, the Hangzhou Medical Training College, as well as a leprosarium and tuberculosis sanatorium. He and his wife dedicated 45 years of his life to medical services in China and were credited with the establishment of at least thirty medical and welfare institutions in Hangzhou by the time they left China in 1926.

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    Condition: in the original blue publisher’s cloth, ruled in blind, upper cover and spine lettered and decorated in gilt, some light surface wear, extremities a little bumped and rubbed; Eagle pamphlet stapled as issued in the original printed wrappers.

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  • UEBER CONSTRUCTION UND ANWENDUNG DER HESSIGN’SCHEN APPARATE. by [ORTHOPAEDICS.] [HESSING, Friedrich von]. FISCHER, Victor.
    [ORTHOPAEDICS.] [HESSING, Friedrich von]. FISCHER, Victor.
    UEBER CONSTRUCTION UND ANWENDUNG DER HESSIGN’SCHEN APPARATE. Mit 72 figuren und 2 farbendruckbildern. Einzige, von verfasser autorisirte deutsche uebersetzung. Berlin, Redaction des Centralblattes für technische hilfsmittel der heilkunde,

    1895. 8vo, pp. 130; with two chromolithograph plates and numerous text illustrations; paper a little browned; first plate and title-page almost detached and gutter cracked and exposed, with slight rubbing to second chromolithograph, but with no significant loss; First German edition of this detailed introduction on the construction and application of a range of orthopaedic supports, braces and corsets, as designed by the noted ‘lay’ orthopaedic surgeon, Friedrich von Hessing (1838-1918). Though with no formal medical training, Hessing founded his Orthopaedic clinic in 1868 near Augsburg, and soon found acclaim for his invention of a number of therapeutic devices, used in particular to treat children with polio, in particular to a brace which bears his name.
    The author of the…

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    1895. 8vo, pp. 130; with two chromolithograph plates and numerous text illustrations; paper a little browned; first plate and title-page almost detached and gutter cracked and exposed, with slight rubbing to second chromolithograph, but with no significant loss; First German edition of this detailed introduction on the construction and application of a range of orthopaedic supports, braces and corsets, as designed by the noted ‘lay’ orthopaedic surgeon, Friedrich von Hessing (1838-1918). Though with no formal medical training, Hessing founded his Orthopaedic clinic in 1868 near Augsburg, and soon found acclaim for his invention of a number of therapeutic devices, used in particular to treat children with polio, in particular to a brace which bears his name.
    The author of the present work, Victor (Gyözö) Fischer, was a physician in Hungary, and originally published the work in Budapest in 1893 (A Hessing-Keszulekek Szerkezete es Alkalmazasa’), having seen for himself, over a period of some five years, the many benefits derived through the use of Hessing’s apparatus. In his preface, he thanks in particular Dr. Ladislaus Verebély at the University of Budapest, and the head of the surgical division at the poor children’s hospital, for his assistance. The numerous pencil drawings are taken from ‘life’ of patients treated. Giving such a glowing testimony, based upon case histories, it seems natural that the work would be translated into Germany, to help further promote the Augsburg Institute, and the work of its founder, to whom the present work is dedicated.
    ‘As the proprietor of an orthopaedic hospital, he experienced many difficulties in the first few years of his career in particular. As a self-taught medical practitioner -Hessing never attended medical school - he faced harsh criticism from the world of orthodox medicine. He needed great drive and tenacity to overcome this antagonism, and eventually his success proved him right. The “orthopaedic brace” he developed and his inventions for treating war victims helped him achieve spectacular successes and carried the reputation of Hessing’s Medical Institution far beyond Germany’s borders. By 1903 more than 60,000 patients had been cared for in the Hessing Foundation, including members of the higher ranks of European nobility’ (The Hessing-Stiftung website, the Hessing Foundation remaining in operation to this day). OCLC locates a copy at the NLM, with a small number in Germany.

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    Condition: in the original red publisher’s cloth backed marbled boards, spine ruled and lettered in gilt, spine a little faded with slight wear at head and tail, extremities lightly bumped and worn.

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  • Rare orthopaedic treatise with 30 lithograph plates
    ESSAI ET OBSERVATIONS SUR LA MANIÈRE DE RÉDUIRE LES LUXATIONS by [ORTHOPAEDICS]. HUMBERT, François, and M.N. JACQUIER.
    [ORTHOPAEDICS]. HUMBERT, François, and M.N. JACQUIER.
    ESSAI ET OBSERVATIONS SUR LA MANIÈRE DE RÉDUIRE LES LUXATIONS spontanées ou symptomatiques de l’articulation ilio-fémorale; méthode applicable aux luxations congénitales et aux luxations anciennes par cause externe. Bar-Le-Duc: Chez F. Gigault D’Olincourt... [&] Paris: Chez J.B. Baillière...

    1835. Two volumes, 8vo text and large 4to atlas; pp. xiii, viii, 554; pp. [viii], and 30 lithographed plates (4 anatomical and 26 of apparatus, the latter accompanied by 15 leaves of explanation); some minor spotting to text with occasional marginal dampstaining, atlas volume a little foxed and browned; Rare first edition. Humbert was the first to make any progress on a problem unsolved since antiquity — reduction of a dislocation of the hip. Taking advantage of the latest information on the anatomy of the hip presented by Dupuytren and Vrolik, Humbert developed manipulative techniques which he claimed succeeded in reducing both congenital and pathological dislocations in brief sessions. While successors such as Pravaz and Gerdy considered that he achieved…

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    1835. Two volumes, 8vo text and large 4to atlas; pp. xiii, viii, 554; pp. [viii], and 30 lithographed plates (4 anatomical and 26 of apparatus, the latter accompanied by 15 leaves of explanation); some minor spotting to text with occasional marginal dampstaining, atlas volume a little foxed and browned; Rare first edition. Humbert was the first to make any progress on a problem unsolved since antiquity — reduction of a dislocation of the hip. Taking advantage of the latest information on the anatomy of the hip presented by Dupuytren and Vrolik, Humbert developed manipulative techniques which he claimed succeeded in reducing both congenital and pathological dislocations in brief sessions. While successors such as Pravaz and Gerdy considered that he achieved a transposition and not a true reduction, both acknowledged that his innovative work was the impetus to the successful reductions achieved by Pravaz in the 1840s. “Humbert was one of the first who tried to correct congenital dislocations of the hip without operation. His book on this procedure (published together with Jacquier) and his other works are adorned with excellent, precisely detailed construction drawings of the apparatus invented by him...” (Valentin, Geschichte der Orthopädie, 120–121 and 205–206, in translation).
    This rare book is unusual and elegant both in its typography and illustration. Four of the plates illustrate the hip, and the remainder show precise details of the apparatus that Humbert and Jacquier devised. Humbert, who described himself as a “médecin-orthopédiste” opened one of the first orthopaedic establishments in France, preceded only by Delpech. Humbert founded the first orthopaedic hospital in France in 1817, and invented extension beds and chairs, and an instrument to measure changes produced by spinal curvatures. OCLC locates copies at Harvard, NLM, Minnesota, Rochester, Pennsylvania, Chicago, the British Library.

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    Condition: in modern quarter blue straight-grained morocco, preserving the original printed wrappers to the text bound in, spines in compartments ruled and lettered in gilt, spines a little sunned, extremities lightly rubbed and bumped, minor wear to boards; a very good copy.

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  • AN ILLUSTRATION OF OSBOURNE'S PICTORIAL ALPHABET by OSBOURNE, Charles and Henry Wallis (engraver).
    OSBOURNE, Charles and Henry Wallis (engraver).
    AN ILLUSTRATION OF OSBOURNE'S PICTORIAL ALPHABET Entered at Stationer’s Hall. London: Published by C. Osbourne, Sen., and sold by all the Booksellers in the Kingdom. Price Ten shillings and sixpence. [added in mss- In Boards 13/6].

    1847. Oblong folio, 282 x 391mm; ff. [vi], title-page, dedication to Queen Victoria, and list of illustrations, followed by four leaves of thin card on which have been steel engraved title card, blank presentation card, and 26 steel engraved letters of the alphabet; each leaf, including text leaves, retaining original tissue guard, though somewhat creased and foxed in places, with a number of marginal tears; title-page with some marginal browning and soiling, with further light soiling, foxing and spotting throughout, the first blank leaf considerable creased nicked and torn with loss along upper margin; The scarce landscape folio edition of a previously issued set of attractively steel engraved alphabet cards, and which first appeared in 1835. Each letter of the…

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    1847. Oblong folio, 282 x 391mm; ff. [vi], title-page, dedication to Queen Victoria, and list of illustrations, followed by four leaves of thin card on which have been steel engraved title card, blank presentation card, and 26 steel engraved letters of the alphabet; each leaf, including text leaves, retaining original tissue guard, though somewhat creased and foxed in places, with a number of marginal tears; title-page with some marginal browning and soiling, with further light soiling, foxing and spotting throughout, the first blank leaf considerable creased nicked and torn with loss along upper margin; The scarce landscape folio edition of a previously issued set of attractively steel engraved alphabet cards, and which first appeared in 1835. Each letter of the alphabet has been hidden within an ornately designed classical or mythological scene, and designed by Charles Osbourne when he was sixteen years of age, and were then engraved by Henry Wallis (c. 1805-1890).
    Sold originally as a small boxed set of cards 76 x 76mm, together with an accompanying booklet providing a description together with some poetic extracts, the engravings are here printed on four sheets, and include the original title-card, a blank ‘Presentation Card’. For ‘A’ we see ‘Cupid in the Act of bending his Bow’; ‘G - A Greek Galley, on the River Tiber, with Troops on Board’; ‘I - Ancient Forum at Rome, Trojans Column’; ‘N - A Bearer of the Imperial Roman Eagle, wounded, leaning on his Spear’; ‘U - A View of Tivoli’; and ‘Z - Death’. The edition is once again dedicated to Queen Victoria (though who had in 1835 still been Princess Alexandrina Victoria).
    Another issue of the boxed cards was released in 1839 (and previously handled by us), and auction records note a further version of 1843 in which the letters had been mounted on thin card of different colours within wide embossed borders, and with a dedication to Prince Albert and bound in velvet covered boards (and now at Toronto). Other copies cited note the booklet having been printed in a variety of colours. Clearly an entrepreneurial man, or perhaps out of necessity, the present landscape folio version appeared four years later, although only we have so far located only one other copy at the V & A.
    The London Gazette of 1838 (p. 778) gives some clue as to the possible explanation for Osbourne’s dogged attempts to sell his work. It transpires that he had recently appeared before the Warwick County Court and had ended up in the debtor’s prison. He is described as being formerly: 'General Dealer and Manager of the Magna Charta Steam Packet' in Hull, 'General Merchant' in Liverpool, 'Vendor of the Pictorial Alphabet',elsewhere in Liverpool, 'General Dealer' while lodging at multiple addresses in Middlesex, and most recently a lodger in Leamington, and 'out of business'. The imprint on this edition adds the suffix ‘Sen.’ after ‘C. Osbourne’ - though whether this means that he had now become a father himself, or that perhaps his own father was helping him to clear his debts, we have no way of knowing.
    The engravings are by Henry Wallis (c.1805-1890): brother to Robert and William Wallis, both also engravers (Robert particularly associated with Turner), he suffered attacks of paralysis and had to give up engraving, becoming a picture dealer instead and running a successful gallery in Pall Mall. Muir, Children’s Books of Yesterday, item 24, p. 11 for a set of the boxed cards; OCLC notes only the V & A for this 1847 edition; all copies of the cards now rare, with OCLC noting copies at the V&A, the BL, British Columbia and at the Osbourne Collection at Toronto (three of which appear to be incomplete).

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    Condition: in the original limp dark green thin card wrappers, with possibly later green cloth spine back, inner hinges cracked but holding, head and tail of spine lightly worn, some light surface and extremities wear;

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  • Erudite dissertation on the applications of electricity in science and medicine
    DE L'APPLICATION DE L'ELECTRICITE by PAETS VAN TROOSTWYK, Adriaan and Cornelius Rudolph KRAYENHOFF.
    PAETS VAN TROOSTWYK, Adriaan and Cornelius Rudolph KRAYENHOFF.
    DE L'APPLICATION DE L'ELECTRICITE A la physique et a la médecine. A Amsterdam, Chez D. J. Changuion,

    1788. 4to, pp. xii, 319, [1] blank; with appealing engraved title-page vignette, and four folding engraved plates; title-page a little soiled and browned, light foxing and browning throughout, small stain affecting fore edge of last couple of leaves, and of outer margin of plates; First edition of this detailed, rational and erudite dissertation on the applications of electricity to physics and medicine, written in response to a prize question posed by the Royal and Patriotic Society of Valence. A contemporary review in the Monthly Review of the same year provides a useful summation: ‘We are informed, in the preface, that this dissertation (originally written in Latin) was translated into French by the ingenious and learned Professor Van Swinden of Amsterdam,…

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    1788. 4to, pp. xii, 319, [1] blank; with appealing engraved title-page vignette, and four folding engraved plates; title-page a little soiled and browned, light foxing and browning throughout, small stain affecting fore edge of last couple of leaves, and of outer margin of plates; First edition of this detailed, rational and erudite dissertation on the applications of electricity to physics and medicine, written in response to a prize question posed by the Royal and Patriotic Society of Valence. A contemporary review in the Monthly Review of the same year provides a useful summation: ‘We are informed, in the preface, that this dissertation (originally written in Latin) was translated into French by the ingenious and learned Professor Van Swinden of Amsterdam, and that it is now published in this language at the desire of the Society for which it was written. The question, which gave occasion to it, was proposed in the following terms: Has artificial electricity, from its discovery to the present time, really contributed to the progress of physics? And has it, considered in a medical view, been of more service than prejudice to mankind? It can scarcely be supposed that such a question could admit of a negative; nor can we imagine that it was proposed as a matter of doubt. We must therefore conclude that this learned body wished to facilitate the study of electricity, by means of a general, historical, and critical, view of the several discoveries that have hitherto been made in this branch of physics, - of the meteorological theories to which they have given occasion, and of the various experiments in which electricity has been applied to the cure of diseases. If this was the intention of the Society, it is completely answered by the work before us; which contains a very ample amount of what has been done in these respects, by philosophical and medical electricians, interspersed with judicious observations on facts and opinions’ (Vol 80, p. 658).
    The work is divided into two parts discussing the physical and the medical applications. The gradual progress of electrical knowledge from the earliest until 1787 is included, together with an examination of theories relating to the relationship of lightening and electricity, of a connection to phenomena such as the Aurora Borealis, and whether electricity influences the acceleration of vegetation. The second part investigates electricity in relation to the cure of disease and gives ‘a very large collection of cases, from various writers, in which it has been attended with success’ (ibid). The work of several contemporaries is discussed including that of Volta, Franklin, De Mairan and Sigaud de la Fond.
    ‘Although van Troostwijk worked in Amsterdam as a merchant most of his life (1770-1816), he became an important Dutch chemist who published thirty-five works on his experiments in chemistry and electricity between 1778 and 1818. Nothing is known of his education except that he was greatly influenced by M. van Marum, Director of Teyler’s Museum in Haarlem. A phlogonist until 1788, he was a founder of the Batavian Club, better known as the Society of Dutch Chemists (1791), which was instrumental in securing recognition in the Netherlands for Lavoisier’s discoveries’ (DSB). Cornelius Rudolphus Krayenhoff (1758-1840) was a fellow member, as were Jacob Rudolph Deiman (1743-1808), and in 1789 Deiman and Troostwijk became famous for their experiment by which they split water and hydrogen for the first time through electrolysis. Bierens de Haan, 3690; Mottelay, 385 (note); Kress, 6355; Wheeler gift 551; Ronalds 504.

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    Condition: in contemporary full mottled calf, with tooled gilt border, spine in compartments with raised bands, ruled and decorated in gilt with red morocco label, head and tail of spine chipped with loss and exposing head-bands, upper joint cracked, corners bumped and worn.

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