NP: NP, 1794. Hardcover. 16mo. 132pp. Period brown leather boards. Illustrated frontispiece. The publication is an fascinating English language interpretation based on Aristotle's work in the field of reproductive medicine, by the English doctor William Salmon. The book contains two parts in one volume. The full text of the title page describes the contents of the publication in detail:
"Part first contains, the secrets of generation, in all the parts thereof: treating, of the benefit of marriage, and the prejudice of unequal matches: -- signs of insufficiency in men or women: -- of the infusion of the soul: -- of the likeness of children to parents: -- of monstrous births -- the cause and cure of the monthly-courses: -- of virginity: -- directions and cautions for midwives: --o f the organs of generation in women, and the fabric of the womb: -- the use and action of the genitals: -- signs of conception, and whether a male or female; with a word of advice to both sexes, in the act of copulation. And the pictures of several monstrous births, &c. The second part being a private looking-glass for the female sex. Treating of the various maladies of the womb, and all other distempers incident to women of all ages; with proper remedies for the cure of each: The whole being more correct than any thing of this kind hitherto published."
Thus the book deals with the areas of medicine known today as gynecology, obstetrics, urology and sexual health. Given the size of the book, it seems to have been meant as a handbook for physicians of the day. The front of the book contains a rhyming poetic introduction by William Salmon, with a small illustrated portrait above. The book contains a few additional woodblock illustrations and diagrams. This is a later American printing of this title, originally from 1697.
Binding with significant rubbing, cracking, chipping and smudges. to the boards, including the head and tail of the spine. Starting at the interior front cover, with loosening of the front hinge of the binding. Water stains and small wormholes to the front free endpaper. Creasing and tearing to the top right corner of the first 6 pages, including the title page, with some minor loss of text. Pages throughout sunned, and with occasional sporadic small holes, smudges, tears and/or creases along the edges. Smudges to the title page of the second part of the publication. Binding in fair, interior in overall good- condition. Scarce. fair to g-. Item #43114
* William Salmon (1644–1713) was English empiric doctor and author of medical texts.
Bristol, R.P. Supplement to Charles Evans' American bibliography B8574
Shipton, C.K. National index of American imprints through 1800: 46965
National Library of Medicine (U.S.). Early American medical imprints: 62