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Curious, Unusual, Interesting & Occasionally Useful Books of the 16th-20th Centuries exploring the skills, trades, lives and ways of other times...

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Battershall, Jesse P. Food Adulteration and Its Detection. New York E. & F.N. Spon: 1887. "To embody in a condensed form some salient features of the present status of Food Adulteration in the United States is the object of this volume....the photogravure plates, most of which represent the results of recent microscopical investigation, are considered an important feature of the book." The subjects include tea, coffee, chocolate, milk, butter, cheese, bread, sugar, beer, wine and liquors, oils, mustard, spices, pepper and other foods. An uncommon book in the marketplace. Hardcover. 6"x9", 328 pages, plus 4 color and 8 b/w plates. Publisher's brown cloth with impressed black device and rules and gilt titles. A clean and bright copy. With the pasted-in plate of C. Smith Boynton, and his ownership signature on the flyleaf and title page. Boynton, an 1864 graduate of Bowdoin College in Maine, practiced medicine in New Hampshire until 1875 when he moved to Brandon, and then Burlington, Vermont as a druggist.

Inventory #: 30944
Price: $ 250.00       




Cajola, Germano. Istruzione Sulla Morte-Apparente. Mantua Dalla Tipografia di Francesco Agazzi: 1809. "Sul mezzo piu sicuro di impedire la tumulazione dei vivi". A fascinating and rare guide to recognizing "false-death". The myth of false death, and the allied fear of being buried alive, grew rapidly in the 18th and especially the 19th century amidst a general misunderstanding of the processes the corpse undergoes after burial. These misunderstandings of such natural occurrences as corpse movement, preservation of tissues, and bloating and "reddening" (which also gave rise to the vampire legends) were combined in this period with a greater ability to recognize the few cases where "false-death" did actually occur. This study includes several case histories. Rare- no copies are listed on OCLC. Hardcover. 5.5"x8.5", 112 pages. Bound in old paper-covered boards with a parchment spine. Spine head and base worn and chipped, general cover rubbing and a little soil. Contents with some spotting to the title page, but overall a very nice copy.

Inventory #: 32980
Price: $ 750.00       




Dorveaux, Paul. Les Pots de Pharmacie Leurs Inscriptions presentees sous forme de dictionnaire. Paris A Maloine, Editeur: 1908. Edition limited to 150 copies. A dictionary of several thousand inscriptions found on antique drug jars from throughout Europe, identifying what the contents were. The author was Librarian at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Paris, and well qualified to make such a study. He also includes introductory material about the use of drugs and drug jars from the Middle Ages through the 18th century. A scarce study. Softcover. 5.75"x9", 89 pages plus 14 b/w plates. Some cover soil, pages browned, a little wear a nice copy of a scarce, fragile book.

Inventory #: 8310
Price: $ 375.00       




Drey, Rudolf E.A. Apothecary Jars. Pharmaceutical Pottery and Porcelain in Europe and the East, 1150-1850, with a Glossary of Terms used in Apothecary Jar Inscriptions. London Faber and Faber: 1978. This scholarly study includes chapters on Italy, England, France, the Low Countries, Spain & Portugal, Germany & Austria, Switzerland, Denmark & Sweden, and China. The supplemental section on inscriptions also explains what each remedy was used for, which is an interesting study in itself. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", 249 pages, 8 color plates and 96 b/w illustrations, dj jacket torn at the top of the spine, paper a bit toned, else a very nice copy indeed.

Inventory #: 30860
Price: $ 350.00       




Drey, Rudolf E.A. Apothecary Jars. Pharmaceutical Pottery and Porcelain in Europe and the East, 1150-1850, with a Glossary of Terms used in Apothecary Jar Inscriptions. London Faber and Faber: 1978. This scholarly study includes chapters on Italy, England, France, the Low Countries, Spain & Portugal, Germany & Austria, Switzerland, Denmark & Sweden, and China. The supplemental section on inscriptions also explains what each remedy was used for, which is an interesting study in itself. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", 249 pages, 8 color plates and 96 b/w illustrations, dj jacket with a short tear along the front bottom edge jacket spine sunned, a little soil, else a v ery nice copy indeed.

Inventory #: 30973
Price: $ 350.00       




Kramer, Peter D. Listening to Prozac. Penguin Books: 1994. "A psychiatrist explores antidepressant drugs and the remaking of the self". Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 409 pages, light wear.

Inventory #: 6690
Price: $ 10.00       




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       




Meiklejohn, A. The Life, Work and Times of Charles Turner Thackrah, Surgeon and Apothecary of Leeds (1795-1833). Edinburgh E & S Livingstone Ltd: 1957. Charles Turner Thackrah's 1831 book, "The Effects of Arts, Trades and Professions on Health and Longevity", was the first systematic English study of industrial and trade-related diseases and their prevention. Meiklejohn's biography of Thackrah is extremely informative, and this title includes a reprinting of the enlarged 2nd edition of Thackrah's original text. Hardcover. 6"x9", 238 pages, several b/w plates a near fine copy.

Inventory #: 30385
Price: $ 100.00       




Mez-Mangold, Lydia. A History of Drugs. Basle F. Hoffmann-La Roche & Co., Ltd.: 1971. A well illustrated history of the development of drugs from ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt through the Middle Ages and Renaissance and the 19th century, sponsored by the giant Swiss drug maker. This is not an exhaustive scholarly treatise, but rather a well illustrated overview. Hardcover. 8.5"x12", 175 pages, many color and a few b/w illustrations, dj light wear.

Inventory #: 3066
Price: $ 50.00       




Parlimentary Act. An Act for continuing an Act made in the Twelfth Year of the Reign of Her late Majesty Queen Anne, Intituled, An Act for Encouraging the Tobacco-Trade. London 1719. Not a descriptive act, this simply states that the original act, passed in 1714, was found to be "Beneficial to the Trade" and is therefor extended. 8"x12", 1 page, removed and disbound from a larger compilation.

Inventory #: 28548
Price: $ 75.00       




Poore, George Vivian. The Dwelling House. London Longmans, Green, and Co.: 1897. The author was a physician at University College Hospital and a Fellow of the Sanitary Institute, and was primarily concerned with hygiene and how it was affected by architecture and waste disposal. There are chapters covering- Sanitation of the Isolated Dwelling Slop-Water Overcrowding: Its Causes and Effects Circulation of Organic Matter and Soil and Its Relation to Disease and Sanitation. Hardcover. 5"x7.5", x + 178 pages, 36 line illustrations light cover soil contents with some light foxing and spotting.

Inventory #: 30614
Price: $ 40.00       




[Smirl Library] The Medical Library of Warren G. Smirl, M.D., S.C. London Sotheby's: November 11, 1994. The auction sale of a lifetime collection, with many 17th and 18th century rarities. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 86 pages, 384 lots, b/w illustrations light wear.

Inventory #: 30367
Price: $ 25.00       




Stieb, Ernst W. Drug Adulteration, Detection and Control in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Madison The University of Wisconsin Press: 1966. An excellent, invaluable study. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 335 pages, several b/w plates, rubbed dj.

Inventory #: 2267
Price: $ 50.00       




[University of Chicago] University of Chicago Library Rare Science Duplicates. Part I and Part II. South Kensington Christie's: July 2, 1994 & March 31, 1995. The first volume includes astronomy, chemistry, geology, mathematics, & physics the second sale consisted of medicine. Softcovers. 2 vols. 8"x10.5", 83 pages/428 lots 93 pages/414 lots b/w illustrations light soil, ink mark on Vol.2 cover.

Inventory #: 30365
Price: $ 100.00       




Wickes, Stephen. Sepulture: Its History, Methods and Sanitary Requisites. Philadelphia P. Blakiston, Son & Co.: 1884. A survey of burial and its history, written by an eminent New Jersey physician. Wickes begins with a history of ancient burial to show, as he says, that "in this our day of light and of the knowledge of nature's laws, we are still cherishing in our methods of internment customs born and fostered in the dark ages". Dr Wickes covers burial among the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Persians, moves to Native American burials, and early Christian burial, and then gets to the heart of the matter, with chapters devoted to animal putrescence malignant disease from one corpse saturated soil of a graveyard disturbed intra-mural internment in the United States yellow fever Asiatic cholera pestilence (you knew he was going to get to that, eh?) rural cemeteries coffins for the dead and country graveyards. Dr. Wickes was the President of the Medical Society of New Jersey and rescued and preserved the Society's early papers, as well as authoring several books on the history of medicine. Hardcover. 6.25"x9.5", 156 pages plus a 48-page catalog of Blakiston books. Publisher's original black cloth covers with gilt spine title covers with light wear, but overall a very nice copy.

Inventory #: 9611
Price: $ 175.00       




Wise, Sarah. The Italian Boy. Murder and Grave-Robbery in 1830s London. London Jonathan Cape: 2004. "Towards the end of 1831, the authorities unearthed a series of crimes at Number 3, Nova Scotia Gardens in East London that appeared to echo the notorious Burke and Hare killings in Edinburgh three years earlier. After a short investigation, three bodysnatchers were put on trial for supplying the anatomy schools of London with suspiciously fresh bodies for dissection. They later became known as The London Burkers, and their story was dubbed "The Italian Boy" case. The three were eventually convicted of the murder of a fourteen-year-old supposed immigrant, causing a citywide furor that led to legislation signaling the end of bodysnatching in Britain. Sarah Wise's history not only investigates the case but also vividly portrays the warrens of lower-class London in the 1830s". Hardcover. 6"x9.5", 347 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. New. Published at $35.00.

Inventory #: 95044
Price: $ 15.00       



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