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MORGAN, John (1735-1789). UOPOIESIS sive tentamen medicum de puris confectione. Edinburgh: University Press, 1763.
8o (192 x 129 mm). Folding letterpress dedication leaf (clean tear repaired). Contemporary calf gilt, covers with central gilt ornament (rebacked). (Lower portion of front flyleaf renewed, catching two letters of signature on inscription).
Provenance: Rev. Richard Peters (c. 1704-1776), president of the board of trustees at the College of Philadelphia who helped to organize the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Hospital (presentation inscription from the author on the front flyleaf: "For Revd. Rich Peters - President of the College of Philada from his most humble servant John Morgan"); S. Weir Mitchell (1829-1914), neurologist (bookplate).
VERY RARE FIRST EDITION OF MORGAN'S THESIS, PRESENTATION COPY TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE OF PHILADELPHIA. Morgan was born in Philadelphia, graduated from the College of Pennsylvania in the first class in 1757, then served as surgeon with provincial troops in the French and Indian War. He received his medical degree from the University of Edinburgh with this thesis, in which he advanced the view that pus was a secretion formed by the blood-vessels under conditions of inflammation. Upon his return to America, Morgan proposed the establishment of a medical school at the College of Philadelphia (now the University of Pennsylvania; see lot 685). This copy, presented to Richard Peters as the President of the College, may have been instrumental in the trustees decision to approve his plan of establishing a medical department within the College. A HIGHLY IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY. Gordon, Aesculapius comes to the colonies (Ventnor, N.J., 1949), p. 465; Packard, History of Medicine in the United States (New York, 1963), p. 345; Norman 1548.
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