PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF A SOUTHERN COLLECTOR
WEBSTER, Noah (1758-1843). A Brief History of Epidemic and Pestilential Diseases... Hartford: Hudson & Goodwin, 1799.
2 volumes, 8o (214 x 125 mm). (Minor light browning, margin of G1 in vol. I torn away.) Contemporary sheep (rebacked, light wear to corners). Provenance: EMILY E.F. SKEEL, WEBSTER'S GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTER AND BIBLIOGRAPHER (bookplates); Walton Lake Jr (ownership inscriptions dated 1833 on titles); Aaron Jarvis (ink stamps on front free endpapers); T.D. Boaz (address labels).
FIRST EDITION. "The best general summary of epidemiological opinion at the beginning of the nineteenth century; and few works surpass it as a compendium of earlier speculations in this field" (Winslow quoted in Garrison-Morton). Probably Webster's most important non-lexicographical work. Evans 36687; Garrison-Morton 1675.1; Sabin 102341. (2)