9 February 2000
HUNTER, John (1728-1793). A Treatise on the Blood, Inflammation, and Gun-shot Wounds ... to which is prefixed a short account of the author's life, by his brother-in-law, Everard Home. London: John Richardson for George Nicol, 1794. 4o (256 x 202 mm). Frontispiece portrait engraving by W. Sharp after Sir Joshua Reynolds, 9 engraved plates by William Skelton (several leaves foxed, occasional spotting throughout, 40mm tear to I4, just touching text). Modern quarter calf antique, marbled boards. Provenance: Norfolk Medical Book Society (small stamp on title page, dated 1822). FIRST EDITION OF HUNTER'S MOST IMPORTANT WORK. The last work to be isssued from Hunter's Castle Street private press (although imprint given as J. Richardson), after Hunter died while the work was in progress. Sir Everard Home, Hunter's pupil, brother-in-law and executor, finished the work and added the biography. Home subsequently refused to hand over Hunter's manuscripts to the College of Surgeons, but used them in preparing works to be published in his own name. In 1823 he destroyed all that remained of the archive. Garrison-Morton-Norman 2283; Grolier Medicine 52; Heirs of Hippocrates 972; NLM/Blake, p.226; Norman 1122; Osler 1230; Waller 4997; Wellcome III, p. 317.
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