Philadelphia: James Webster, 1818. viii, 604p, plates [one only partial], ii. 22cm. Contemporary sheep. Lacks the fly leaves; contemporary writing on title page in pen and pencil; penciled notes through out; foxed; head cap missing; tail torn; almost cracked. A fair copy of the rare first volume of this early American medical journal.
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Boston: D. Clapp, Jr., 1836. 420p. 23 cm. Bound in leather; morocco spine label in gilt. Bound by L. Whittemore Binder, Syracuse, NY with his label on the front cover pastedown. Includes an essay by Dr. James Overton, On Spontaneous Combustion, read at the annual meeting of the Medical Society of Tennessee on August 19th, 1835. Leather is dry and flaking; foxing. In good condition.
Hartford : Printed by Hudson and Goodwin, 1799. Volume 1: 348p; volume 2: 352p. 22cm. Leather covers with red and black morocco labels. Professionally conserved, reattaching the covers, not too detracting tape stains remain on the covers at the joints; tops of spines worn, some edge wear; bottom of front free endpaper and bottom of title page of volume 2 missing but professionally repaired with Japanese tissue paper; bookplates; prior owner's signature. A very attractive set in better than good condition. Pictures available.
Philadelphia: Published by Grigg & Elliot, 1836. , x, , 1170, [missing the last page of the index]. 23cm. Third edition enlarged and carefully revised. Leather covers and black morocco labels in gilt. One label chipped; covers are well worn; occasional foxing, light staining to the first several pages. In good condition.
Paris: Chez Gabon, Libraire, pres l'Ecole de medicine, 1800. 100p. 18cm. Plain green wrappers. Covers slightly soiled; portion spine paper missing at the foot of the spine; small, circular whole through the bottom free endpaper; former library copy with notation in pencil on the verso of the title page, closed tear in front cover. In very good condition. Dickens wrote about the phenomena of spontaneous human combustion in Bleak House and cites Lair's work. Burning interest in the event increased through the 19th century and continues to ignite the imaginations of believers who point to documented cases of SHC since, at least, the 15th century. Lair places the blame for SHC on the abuse of alcohol, "believing that alcoholics do not urinate as often as non-alcoholics, Lair asserted that alcohol stays within the body. Ultimately, the victim’s “muscles even are impregnated with alcoholic substances.” Overweight alcoholics were especially susceptible. While a drunk’s muscles might absorb a considerable amount of liquor, the fat of drinkers is particularly “soft, flabby, [and] oily” especially in women." [ultimatehistory project].
Baltimore: Published by Hunter & Robinson, 1810. 252p, including the table of contents. 16.5cm. Rebacked in brown leather with the original spine label laid down, leather covers. Corners rounded, edges rubbed; foxing. In very good condition.
Marietta, Ohio: S. A. Mullikin, 1911. Frontispiece, 602p, illustrations, index. 20 cm. Bound in black morocco with titling in gilt on the front cover and spine, all edges gilt. Minor rubbing of corners and spine ends. In very good condition.
Philadelphia: Thomas and William Bradford, 1805. 395p, fold out plate. 23cm. First of two volumes, the second published in 1806. Full leather; remnants of title label on the spine. Missing the font endpapers; prior owner's neat signature on title page; front hinge held by binding cords; foxing. In good condition.
Boston: Printed by Wells and Lilly for Charles Ewer, December, 1820. 272p. 22cm. Text in Latin and English. First edition. Original calf. Author's presentation copy with brief inscription on the front free end paper. Bookplate on the front cover pastedown. Covers and edges worn, corners skinned, one more so; spine head flaked away; joints starting at the spine ends; text has intermittent foxing, browning and slight dampstain to top fore edge corner of some pages; one page (p. 259) torn with slight text loss; still, a very desirable copy of this rare work, the first official Pharmacopoeia of the United States. [Sabin 61351].
Hartford: Printed by Hale & Hosemer, 1812. 323p, illustrations, 12 plates. 22cm. Contemporary leather binding with title written on spine. Title page detached; pages 3 - 5 torn from the fore edge to the gutter near the bottom edge; covers rubbed; scattered foxing. In good condition.