"The Earliest Systematic Medical Bibliography in English
BOERHAAVE, Hermann. Method of Studying Physick. Containing what a physician ought to know in relation to the nature of bodies, the laws of motion; Staticks, Hydrostaticks, Hydraulicks, and the Proprieties of Fluids: Chymistry, Pharmacy and Botany: Osteology, Myology, Splanchnology, Angiology and Dissection: The Theory and Practice of Physick: Physiology, Pathology, Surgery, Diet, &c. And the whole Praxis Medica Interna; with the Names and Characters of the most excellent Authors on all these several Subjects in every Age: Systematicks, Observators, Operators, &c. their best Editions, and the Method of reading them. Written in Latin by the learned Hermann Boerhaave, Now Professor of Physick in the University of Leyden. Translated into English by Mr. Samber. London: Printed by H. P. for C. Rivington , 1719.
First English edition. Octavo (7 1/2 x 4 5/8 inches; 190 x 117 mm). [44], [3, publisher's ads], [1, errata], 331, [1, blank], [28] pp. With half-title, publisher's ads, errata, and unpaginated index. With engraved initials and head-and-tail pieces. Some small engraved diagrams in the text.

Contemporary full paneled speckled calf. Board edges gilt. Edges speckled red. Outer front joint just starting at top of spine. Boards rubbed. Spine with small sticker at head. Head of spine slightly chipped. Some minor staining to bottom edge of preliminaries. Previous owner Skene Library's bookplate on front pastedown. Overall a very good copy.

"The earliest systematic medical bibliography in English." (Sotheby's)

Boerhaave (1668-1738), "a member of the faculty of medicine at the University of Leiden, exerted an enormous influence upon the teaching and practice of medicine in Europe. He is credited with systematizing medical knowledge, synthesizing the older Greek medical heritage with the discoveries of the seventeenth century to build a comprehensive contemporary medical doctrine" (Norman Library 255, describing the 1708 first edition of Boerhaave’s Institutiones medicæ).

Garrison and Morton. Norman Library. ESTC T114547.

HBS # 68676 $1,500

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