A TREATISE ON THE BLOOD, INFLAMMATION, AND GUN-SHOT WOUNDS by the late John Hunter. To which is prefixed, A Short Account of the Author's Life, by his Brother-in-Law, Everard Home.

Published: London, Printed by John Richardson: For George Nicol, Bookseller to His Majesty, Pall-Mall

Date: 1795

FIRST EDITION, 4to. 11 x 8.5 inches, lxvii [1], 575 [1]pp. Finely bound in 20th. century half red morocco, over marbled boards in period style. The spine in compartments with raised bands ruled and lettered in gilt, extremities very slightly rubbed. The frontis portrait is a little foxed and there is some slight scattered foxing here and there mostly marginal with the occasional paper impurity and some slight chips from the fore edge of a few leaves due to the deckle edges. Page 569/70 has a closed horizontal tear and a corner of the margin torn away and a new corner skilfully let in, and two very small marginal holes all repaired, otherwise this is a fine clean untrimmed copy of this rare work.

This copy was a gift to the eminent surgeon Charles Noon FRCS, OBE, (1885-1957), senior surgeon to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. Inscribed by him on the front free endpaper, loosely inserted is the donation letter.

Bibliography 2283. Norman 1122. Long, History of Pathology, pp. 90-92; Robb-Smith, “John Hunter’s Private Press,” Journal of the History of Medicine and the Allied Sciences 25 (1970)

Hunter’s work is well known, The Grolier Club’s One Hundred Books Famous in Medicine, [no. 52] says of this work ‘ Hunters Treatise is a work of great magnitude, easily the largest work by a British surgeon to date. his studies on inflammation in particular are fundamental for pathology. The book was the last work printed at his private press which he established at his house in 1786, this first edition consisted of 992 copies.’ Complete copies in good condition are very rare.


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