Liverpool: John Sadler, 1761.
2nd Edition. Soft cover. Very Good. Item #003390
8vo (190 x 115 mm). [1-3] 4-16 pp. Printer's woodcut device depicting Britannia on title, woodcut initial and tailpiece. Simple paper wrappers. Title-page dust soiled and spotted, little browned throughout, repaired clean tear to title. Provenance: John Grant Booksellers of Edinburgh; purchased in the 1950s by the vendor's father, Dr. Wheeler, a consultant anaesthetist. Very good copy. ----
Norman 2116; Wellcome 14628162; Fulton & Stanton, Anesthesia I.9; ESTC T135342 (citing 4 copies only). EXCEPTIONALLY RARE PAMPHLET ON THE PROPERTIES AND HISTORY OF ETHER. "Turner, a chemist and surgeon, was one of the group of Manchester literary and scientific figures who founded the Warrington Academy, and is credited with having given Joseph Priestley, another academy member, his first formal instruction in chemistry. Turner manufactured and dispensed sulfuric ether as a remedy for headache, vertigo, epilepsy, gout and rheumatism, palsy and digestive disorders; for most of these ailments, ether was to be taken orally, but for some, such as headache, Turner also recommended that it be 'snuff[ed]. . . up the Nostrils.' With this recommendation of the inhalation of ether for killing pain, Turner has a place in the pre-history of anesthesia." (Norman). There are two variant issues of the second edition: this copy (and the Norman copy) belong to what is believed to be the earlier issue, without the place of publication on the title but with the Britannia ornament. There is also an undated issue with a London imprint giving the name of J. Wilkie as the printer, while the first edition seems to be a 2-page broadside published in 1760. ABPC and RBH record only the Norman copy of the second edition, sold first in 1998 and again in 2003. - Visit our website to see more images!
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