Philadelphia: Published by Collins & Croft; W. Brown, Printer, Prune Street, 1819. First American edition. 12mo, original tree calf, green spine label, gilt ruled spine, gilt lettering, xix, , 155 pages. A little chipped at the head of the spine, a bit rubbed and bumped; some light foxing and toning; a very good copy. Item #17031
In an attractive binding; the text is of interest in part as a fairly early detailed study of the use of lactucarium--the juice exuded by cut lettuce stems--as a soporific alternative to opium: "It is, however, much to be regretted that there are individuals of the human species, with whom, from peculiarity of habit, opium seldom fails to produce distressing consequences." For more on the career of the Scottish physician Andrew Duncan the elder (1744-1828), see the DNB. Early ownership signature, "Gage, Waterford, 1819" on the front free endpaper. Attractive early bookseller ticket for H.P. and C. Williams, Boston on the front paste-down. Austin 705; American Imprints 47852.