London, England: Hurst and Blackett, Publishers, Successors to Henry Colburn, 1860. Leather. Very Good. Item #27135
xii + 324 pages; with an engraved frontispiece of The Founders of the Medical Society of London; the opposite page is an illustrated Key to these frontispiece portraits. Content includes several sections of information on quacks and quack medicine; early English physicians, Sir Hans Sloane, The Apothecaries, fees, the "Generosity and Parsimony of Physicians," Mesmer; medical buildings, the Country Medical Man and other topics by John Cordy Jeaffreson (1831 - 1901) British writer and archivist. "...His novels were adequately successful, but he had turned also to a series of historical and literary studies, the first of which, Novels and Novelists from Elizabeth to Victoria, appeared in 1858. It was followed by A Book about Doctors (1860), conceived as anecdotal social history. The formula had a wide appeal..." (G. H. Martin in the ODNB) Not dated and circa 1860. Title page with the previous owner name-stamp of collector George R. Brush M.D., U.S. Navy; in service as a surgeon & medical inspector, from 1861-1894 and with his small book number-ticket on the front endpaper. Volume approx. 4 3/4" x 7 1/2" size; bound in marbled paper covered boards, polished brown calf leather corners and spine; spine with gilt titles on black and red contrasting label-pieces & ornaments in the compartments; marbled endpapers to match; all edges marbled. Some edge, tips wear and rubbing to the binding; in very good condition.