Book Description
Together 3 works in 1 vol. 1st Eds. Dec. devices and initial letters. Some browning and staining, some leaves repaired, new, C19th sheep boards, neatly reinforced, rebacked in C20th calf with gilt ruling lettering and gilt lettered title label to spine.
Dealer Notes
Part One ESTC R234416 ‘The nature of simple medicines. This setting of the title page lacks imprimatur. Another setting of the title page has imprimatur below author statement. Leaf a3v may be partially reset. In this DFo copy, catchword is "Scho-" [as in our copy]; other copies may have catchword "rived" . Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), P1135.’
Part Two and Three ESTC R207213 ‘Intended to be bound with part 1, printed in 1652. "De morbis puerorum, or, a treatise of the diseases of children." has separate dated title page and pagination; register is continuous. Annotation on Thomason copy: "Nouemb. 29". Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), P1134. Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), P1132. Thomason, E.721[2]. Thomason, E.721[3]’
Third work G & M ‘More than 100 years after the publication of Phaer’s book appeared this, the second work in English on paediatrics. Pemell was a general practioner living at Cranbrook in Kent; he was buried only 5 years after the pubication of his book.’
Robert Pemell (d. 1653), physician. ODNB ‘... He was probably the Robert Pemel who obtained an archiepiscopal licence to practise medicine about 1632. He may have shared in the puritan tendency of Cranbrook: his published works were all printed for the London theological bookseller Philemon Stephens, and produced in the early 1650s, at a time when publication in both the learned languages and the vernacular greatly increased.
Pemell's last work, on the diseases of children, was only the second monograph on the subject in English, the first being that of Thomas Phaer a hundred years earlier. General advice books directed at women, parents, or householders were, however, already a well-established genre. At various points Pemell's book on children directs the reader to fuller discussions contained in his earlier publications.
Pemell's publications were all in the vernacular, but showed some knowledge of Latin, and were derived from classical and contemporary learned authors, with a few references to his own experience ... Pemell's productivity continued with Tractatus de simplicium medicamentorum facultatibus. A treatise of the nature … of such simples as are most frequently used (1652). This was helpfully structured for ‘the vulgar capacity’ and young practitioners. A second part, Tractatus de facultatibus simplicium, followed in 1653. His final work, on children, he advertised as fulfilling his promise to follow up the Tractatus, but in ‘more hast’, because ‘I see my glasse runs apace’: De morbis puerorum, or, A treatise of the diseases of children … very useful for all such as are housekeepers (1653) ...’
Author Pemel[l], Robert.

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