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UNDERWOOD, Michael (1737-1820). A treatise on the diseases of children, with directions for the management of infants from the birth; especially such as are brought up by hand. London: J. Mathews, 1784.
8o (151 x 92 mm). (One gathering spotted). Straight-grained red morocco, gilt beaded border, alternating urn and floral beaded ornaments, and a floral and leaf ornament at each corner. Smooth spine divided into six panels, lettered in one and the others tooled in gilt with alternating urn and floral devices, fore-edges and turn-ins gilt. Provenance: bound for Queen Charlotte of England (1744-1818), consort of King George III and the dedicatee (inscription on flyleaf "Bought at the sale of Queen Charlotte's books in June 1819"); Lord Naas (armorial bookplate); Lady Naas (inscription).
FIRST EDITION, DEDICATION COPY. The foundation work of modern pedriatrics, going through seven editions in the author's lifetime. Underwood practised as a man-midwife, was attached to the British Lying-In Hospital, and attended the Princess of Wales, Caroline of Brunswick, at the birth of the Princess Charlotte in 1796. The work was dedicated to Queen Charlotte, the mother of fifteen children. Garrison-Morton 6326, 4015; Grolier Medicine 48 (this copy exhibited); Heirs of Hippocrates 1024; NLM/Blake, p.463; Osler 4144; Norman 2121.
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