Publisher London, England Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green 1830
Seller ID 007875
Printed by G. Hayden, Westminster. Original cloth binding of a rust-brown shade, now age-toned, especially at the spine. Original paper spine label, age-toned, with black-stamped lettering, "Dr. S. Smith on Fever, Price 14s." Bumped spine head and tail, with gently bumped corners. The binding is fairly clean. Text block firmly bound in. 9 x 5.5 inches. Antique laid paper, rag content. With , viii and 436 pages. Four meteorological tables, with references to admissions and deaths for the years 1825-1828. Additional tables highlighting occupation, sex, locality and age of patients; chronologies, including timeline from attack to cure or attack to death, &c. Upper corner of front pastedown with discreet label of bookseller, "J. H. Morgan, Stationer, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire." This bookseller listed in Hodson's Booksellers, Publishers and Stationers' Directory for London and Country, publ. William Henry Hodson, London 1855. Abergavenny is a village in Wales. In a neat blue ink hand to the top third of the half title page, "This was D. Thomas Southwood Smith 1788 - 1861 to whom the philosopher Jeremy Bentham gave his body for dissection, the acct. of this recorded in full in Munk's Roll of R.C. Physicians, Vol, iii, p. 237 . The [?] body of JB reposing in a room of [?] University College, London." According to Munk's Roll, "Dr. Southwood Smith was the physician and intimate friend of Jeremy Bentham [1748-1832], who, with a view to the removal of prejudices then existing, gave his own body to Dr. Smith for dissection, charging him to devote it to the ordinary purposes of science. Dr. Smith faithfully discharged the office imposed upon him; and in the old theatre of the Webb-street school of medicine on the 9th June, 1832, with thunder pealing over head and lightning flashing through the gloom, he delivered the first lecture over the body of Bentham." A hint of foxing to the preliminaries, else remarkably clean. All in all a Very Good copy. The London, 1830 first edition is uncommon. "Both a doctor and a minister, Smith called himself, 'physician to body and soul'. He has been called 'the intellectual father of our modern public health system'."--Garrison-Morton 2211. British Library Catalogue (Readex edition), Vol. 23, p. 835, col. 776.