SWIETEN, Gerard L.B. Freiherr Van (1700-1772). The Diseases incident to Armies. Philadelphia: Robert Bell, 1776. -- JONES, John (1729-1791). Plain concise, Practical Remarks, on the Treatment of Wounds and Fractures; To which is Added, An Appendix, on Camp and Military Hospitals; principally Designed, for the Use of young Military and Naval Surgeons in North-America. Philadelphia: Robert Bell, 1776.
2 works bound in one, 8o (189 x 115 mm). (Some occasional pale foxing, early signature abraded from upper blank margin on first title-page.) Contemporary speckled sheep (spine ends worn, semi-circular gouge in leather on rear cover, some wear to extremities). Provenance: "VJ" (initials stamped on spine); J. Van der Hoeven (bookplate and signature).
This American edition of van Swieten's Diseases in English, also contains reprints of John Ranby's The Nature and Treatment, of Gun-Shot wounds, and William Northcote's Extracts from the Marine Practice of Physic and Surgery (the latter with separate title-page). This collection of tracts forms, along with Jones's work, an important manual for colonial surgeons during the Revolutionary War.
The second book, by Jones, is the second edition of the first American medical book. "John Jones, first Professor of Surgery (King's College), ... was certainly the foremost surgeon in the American Colonies of whom Mumford has rightly said: 'American surgeons must look back to John Jones as the first of their eminent professional forebears.' Jones' Practical Remarks was the first American surgical text book. Printed with an appendix on camps and military hospitals, it became the first surgical manual prepared for an American Army. In 1776 Van Swieten's Diseases Incidental to Armies was bound with Jones' book, making it a more valuable handbook for the young military surgeons" (Stookey, History of Colonial Medical Education , p. 59). A VERY RARE AMERICAN MEDICAL SAMMELBAND FROM THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD. First work: Evans 15100; second work: Austin 1843; Evans 15100; Garrison-Morton-Norman 2155; Sabin 94063.