Philadelphia: Henry H. Porter, Publisher, 1832. First edition. 8vo, original purple linen spine (sunned), blue-green boards, large printed orange label to the upper board, 4, 80 pages. Some wear and soiling and scattered toning and foxing; a moderately fragile item in very good condition. Item #19114
“A man of business walks about in wet streets, and amid showers of rain, with impunity—protected as he is by thick-soled boots or shoes, and suitable over-clothes and umbrella. In the evening, it may be a clear and calm one, he puts on slender pumps with silk stockings, in place of thick woolen ones, goes to a large assemblage—a tea-party, or a dance, gets over-heated, and returns home, perhaps without an overcoat, at any rate with his pumps on. Next morning he awakes with hoarseness, soreness of throat and fever.” (The industrious man of business, rather than confining himself to his home with a simple farinaceous drink, goes out to work: “Perhaps he may struggle on another day, and at last takes to his bed, and it may be, never to rise again.”) With hints toward designing and heating the rooms of consumptive invalids, the relative benefits of travel to Savannah or St. Augustine, etc. Contemporary ink ownerships signature at the head of the title. Small relevant early marginal pencil note in the text. The catalog entry at AAS notes two states of the 4 pages of preliminary publisher’s ads, this with “instruc-” at the foot of the first column of text. American Imprints 10789; not found in Cordasco.