A Vienne & A Strasbourg: Chez Les Freres Gay Imprimeus-Libraires et al, 1784. Premiere Edition. Leather. Very Good. Item #27164
Four eighteenth century publications; all French texts, bound in one volume. All regarding the plague, especially in Russia & Europe, as below: De Mertens, Charles. Traite de la Peste, Contenant L'Histoire de Celle qui a Regne A Moscou en 1771…A Vienne & a Strasbourg, Chez les Freres Gay Imprimeurs-Libraires, a Paris, Chez Didot...Mequignon. MDCCLXXXIV. Frontispiece portrait engraving of de Mertens by J. Mansfeld 1783. xxviii + 142 pages. "…The plague stimulated local research in disease prevention, which was boosted by discovering indigenous plague in newly conquered territories of the Caucasus. The epidemic was professionally exposed to Western European academia by Belgian physician Charles de Mertens (1737 - 1788)... " (from the online wiki) Samoilowitz, M.D. Lettre Sur Les Experiences Des Frictions Glaciales Pour La Guerison De La Peste, Et Autres Maladies Putrides.A Strasbourg, Chez Lorenz & Schouler, Imrpimeurs du Directoire de la Noblesse. 1782. 43 pages. Danilo Samoilowitz (Samoilovich et al) (1742/4 - 1805) is noted, among other titles, as "Chirurgien-Major du Senat de Moscou…" and was a witness to and attempted to treat the victims of the great Russian Plague of 1770-72, often at great personal hazard. The U.S. NIH National Library of Medicine lists several articles extolling the significance of Samoilowitz' contribution to epidemiology; see especially the 2013 June issue of Vesalius for the thorough Tatiana Sorokina article, "A Victory Over the Plague in Moscow 1770-1772" which details the public and private response to the epidemic and specifically Samoilowitz' and others work combatting the outbreak. Samoilowitz, M.D. Memoire Sur L'Inoculation De La Peste Avec A La Description de Trois Poudres Fumigatives Antipestilentielles. A Strasbourg, Chez les Freres Gay, Libraries. 1782. 36 pages. Paris, (J.-F.). Memoire sur La Peste. A Avignon. Et se Trouve A Marseille, Chez Jean Mossy, Imprimeur du Roi, de la Marine, & Libraire, au Parc. MDCCLXXVIII. xxxvi + 86 pages. One leaf with small corner chip, no loss. Provenance, binding, condition: A handwritten table of contents, in French, on the endpaper; below this is the handwritten name, with the acquisition date of 21 June 1887 , & the address of collector George Brush M.D., U.S. Navy; in service as a surgeon & medical inspector, from 1861-1894; each title page of the contents also with the handwritten name of T.A. Emmet. Volume approx. 5" x 7 5/8" size; bound in marbled paper covered boards, polished speckled calf leather corners and spine, gilt titled spine label. Some edge, tips wear and rubbing to the binding; surface of spine leather split at edges; securely sewn; first two leaves corners clipped; contents clean and fairly fresh, in very good condition.