[FRANKLIN, Benjamin]. Some Account of the Pennsylvania Hospital; From its first Rise, to the Beginning of the Fifth Month, called May, 1754 -- [Bound with:] [RHOADS, Samuel, et al.] Continuation of the Account of the Philadelphia Hospital; From the First of May 1754, to the Fifth of May, 1761. With an Alphabetical List of the Contributors.... Both Philadelphia: B. Franklin and D. Hall, 1754 & 1761. 2 parts in one, 4 (232 x 187mm). Collation: Part 1: A-E4(-E4); Part 2: F-K4. (Scattered foxing, the Account deliberately bound without E4, containing a preliminary list of contributors up to 1754, which is superseded by the fuller, updated list at the end of the Continuation, pp.71-77). Later stiff wrappers, stab-holes visible (rebacked); half maroon morocco folding case.
FIRST EDITIONS, the first title one of 1500 copies, the Continuation one of only 500 copies printed. The Pennsylvania Hospital was the first permanent hospital established in the United States; its founders included Franklin (who served as its first Secretary and later chairman), members of the Penn family and Lt. Governor James Hamilton, and it was incorporated by an act of the legislature in January 1750 (the text is printed in the Account). By 1761 additional subscriptions were required and, to explain and justify the hospital's expenditures to date, Franklin was requested to give a detailed Account of the institution's first years. The Continuation furnished similar information, with a lengthy list of all the contributors and bequests. Austin 794 & 795; Evans 7197 & 8972; Guerra a272 & a324; Miller 587 & 764: ("Both...were designed to help raise additional moneys for the Pennsylvania Hospital...the Continuation was designed in signatures, pagination and paper size to serve as sequel and be bound with it"); Streeter sale 956; Norman 831.
[With:] [COATES, SAMUEL]. An Account of the Rise, Progress, & Present State, of Pennsylvania Hospital. Philadelphia: R. Carr, 1801. 8o (171 x 106 mm). 8 pages, folded sheets, unbound and uncut. Tipped into modern paper wrappers with a printed document signed by Coates, Philadelphia, 29 October 1800, 1 page, 4to, admitting a patient to the hospital.