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MANDEVILLE, Bernard de (ca 1670-1733). A Treatise of the Hypochondriack and hysterick Passions, vulgarly call'd the Hypo in Men and Vapours in Women. London: Dryden Leach and W. Taylor, 1711.

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MANDEVILLE, Bernard de (ca 1670-1733). A Treatise of the Hypochondriack and hysterick Passions, vulgarly call'd the Hypo in Men and Vapours in Women. London: Dryden Leach and W. Taylor, 1711.

8o (186 x 113 mm). (Some minor light browning on preliminaries.) Contemporary English panelled calf (front joint starting at ends). Provenance: Haskell F. Norman (bookplate; his sale part II, Christie's New York, 15 June 1998, lot 641).

FIRST EDITION of "possibly the first psychiatric self-help book" (Norman). Hunter and Macalpine consider Mandeville's work "the first book on minor mental maladies 'writ by way of Information to Patients' rather than 'to teach other Practitioners'" (Hunter-Macalpine). Mandeville is best known for his The Fable of Bees, a controversial satiric poem maintaining the essential vileness of human nature. Hunter-Macalpine, p. 296; Norman 1432.

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