6 December 2004
BOERHAAVE, Hermann (1668-1738). Institutiones medicae, in usus annuae exercitations domesticos. Leiden: Johannes vander Linden, 1708.
12o (153 x 95 mm). Interleaved. (Gathering A loose, gatherings B and C transposed, some browning and staining.) Contemporary calf (rebacked); quarter morocco folding case. Provenance: John Redmond (of Philadelphia, numerous notations and drawings in margins and interleaved sheets); John Redmond Coxe (ownership inscription on paste down and title).
FIRST EDITION of Boerhaave's first book and the foundation for his European reputation. "It is the first publication of his lectures at Leiden and is divided into four parts covering physiology, pathology, hygiene, and therapeutics" (Heirs of Hippocrates). The detailed notes in the text margins and on the interleaved sheets are presumably from a lecture the American born John Redmond attended in Leiden in 1747-48, after Boerhaave's death. Redmond graduated on July 15, 1748, defending his thesis De arbortu and practised in Philadelphia. A letter from Dr. Lindeboom, dated March 22, 1972 to Jeremy Norman explaining the provenance of this book is laid in. A note by Dr. Luyendijk-Elshout explains the origin of the drawings after Vesling, Vesalius, Wills and Bartholin. Garrison-Morton 581; Grolier Medicine 39; Heirs of Hippocrates 749; Lindeboom 40; NLM/Blake, p. 53; Norman 255; Waller 1200.
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