Earliest Separate Printed Instructions for the Vaccine Inoculation
BROADSIDE. Directions for the Vaccine Inoculation. London, Institution, No. 5, Golden Square: Wilson and Co. , 1801.
This broadside is the earliest Separate Printed Instructions for administering the vaccine inoculation of cow pox. One leaf, printed on recto only. (8 x 6 5/8 inches; 203 x 170 mm). Some light folding creases and a small closed tear, with no loss of text. a bit of toning and a light dampstain to top margin. Old ink notes on lower blank margin. Overall very good.

These same directions were printed on page 53 of the book Hints Designed To Promote Beneficence, Temperance, & Medical Science. By John Lettsom, January 1801. Although both the broadside and the book were printed in January of 1801, and these instructions are almost word for word the same as the one found in the book, there are a few additional words added to the book instructions, leading us to believe that this broadside was printed first.

The address that appears on the broadside "London, Institution, No. 5, Golden Square" is the "Institution for the Inoculation of the Vaccine Pock." According to the Medical and Physical Journal, Volume 5 Jan-June 1801 "The Institution for the Inoculation of the Vaccine Pock is removed from Warwick street to a large and more convenient house, No. 5 in Golden Square. Subscribers of One Guinea per annum are entitled to have two patients constantly on the books. Farther particulates may be had of the Secretary at the Institution."

Along with the broadside is a separate engraved plate which shows five different stages of a cowpox pustual. Plate is entitled "Gestalt Der Impf Pusteln Bei Den Kuhpocken In Funf Auf Einander Folgenden Leitraumen." Plate has a large dampstain.

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