Book Description
MEDICINE. Four scarce 18th century medical treatises. Bound in near contemporary quarter green vellum, with marbled paper boards, red morocco label lettered ‘Surgical Tracts’. Nineteenth century stamp of Norwich and Norfolk Medical Book Society on the title-page of the first tract only, and their rules and regulations pasted onto the inner front board. Some dustiness to the end-papers and paste-downs, and the first title-page. Three of the titles (a,b,d) are not recorded in the Bodleian. a. PAGE, John. Receipts for Preparing and Compounding the Principal Medicines made us of by the late Mr Ward. Together with an Introduction, &c. [2], 33, [1]p. Advert at foot of page 30, and final page blank. 8vo. London: printed for and sold by Henry Whitridge. 1763. ESTC T139699, BL, Trinity College, and Bristol only. First edition of which a number of variants (all scarce) are recorded, this being the one in which the press figures appear on pp. 7, 16, 22 and 26; and in this impression are respectively 3, 3, 1 and 2. ~ Joshua Ward was a notorious English quack in the 1700s who made a fortune selling patent medicines. He was also an unqualified doctor whose patients included King George II and Horace Walpole. Ward briefly became an MP, and was involved in the Jacobin rebellion to restore the Stuart monarchy. He then lived in France for 16 years, where he invented his famous Ward’s Pill and Ward’s Drop. Made with poisonous ingredients, they produced violent sweating and other symptoms as the body tried to rid itself of the toxic substances. In his massive advertising campaign, he claimed that his products would cure everything from gout to scurvy, syphilis and cancer. His private practice amongst the aristocracy was popular. Though he became extremely wealthy, he gave much of his money to charity. He opened a dispensary for the poor and indigent, and threw money out of his coach in poor areas. The medical profession despised Ward, and unsuccessfully tried to introduce new laws regulating the sale of medicine in 1748. Ward died in 1761, leaving a modest fortune. b. GATAKER, Thomas. An Account of the Structure of the Eye, with occasional remarks on some disorders of that organ, delivered in lectures at the theatre of Surgeons-Hall. [4], 86pp. 8vo. London: printed for R. and J. Dodsley. 1761. ESTC T18704. The author (d. 1768) was Surgeon to Westminster Hospital, and also surgeon to the Royal Household. His portrait was painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence who recorded that he married his mother’s cousin. c. WARNER, Joseph. A Description of the Human Eye, and its adjacent parts; together with their principal diseases, and the methods proposed for relieving them. xiv, [2] errata, 109, [1], [2]pp adverts., half-title., 2 engraved plates on one folding leaf. 8vo. London, printed for Lockyer Davis. 1773. ESTC N1. First edition. Scarce, the last copy to appear at auction was in 1987. Joseph Warner (1717-1801) was a surgeon at Guy's Hospital, and undertook pioneering work in ophthalmology. d. WARNER, Joseph. An Account of the Testicles, their common coverings and coats; and the diseases to which they are liable. With the method of treating them. [6], 90pp., half title. 8vo. London, printed for Lockyer Davis. 1774. ESTC T150543. First edition.
Author Page, John., and others
Date 1763

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