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Lair, Pierre-Aime.
Essai sur les Combustions Humaines, produits par un long abus des liqueurs spiritueuses.

Paris Chez Gabon: 1800.

An early discussion of Spontaneous Human Combustion, citing various cases such as that of the Countess Bandi. Lair appears to have drawn much of his material from period journals such as the Annual Register and the Memoirs of the Royal Society he also quotes from Le Cat. He supports the then-prevalent view that the phenomena was linked to excessive, prolonged alcohol abuse. There was another edition in 1823. Scarce in the marketplace.

Softcover. 4.5"x7", 100 pages, bound in newer plain paper covers a nice, clean, wide-margined copy in a new clamshell case.

Inventory #: 31278
Price: $ 1200.00      

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