London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
HALL, John (1575-1635). Select Observations on English Bodies: or Cures ... performed upon very eminent persons in desperate diseases, translated by James Cooke. London: John Sherley, 1657. 12° (151 x 82mm). Vertical half-title (lacking the final 2 blanks, upper outer corner of last few leaves with small repairs, just affecting border and one number of last 2 leaves, light spotting, occasional small light stains or light marginal browning or soiling). Modern crimson morocco by Riviere, triple fillet gilt border on sides, spine ruled, lettered and elaborately tooled in gilt, inner dentelles, partly uncut. Provenance: a few old corrections (in text).
FIRST EDITION. 'Hall was Shakespeare's son-in-law, having married Shakespeare's elder daughter Susanna in 1607; his Select Observations is interesting primarily as a piece of medical Shakespeareana' (Norman). Not in Garrison-Morton, Wellcome, Waller or Osler. Krivatsy 5217 (imperfect, lacking longitudinal label); Norman 971; Wing H-356.
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