Diptheria [sic, for Diphtheria]: Its Nature, History, Causes, Prevention, and Treatment on Hygienic Principles . . Hydropathy, Trall, ussell, hacher.

Diptheria [sic, for Diphtheria]: Its Nature, History, Causes, Prevention, and Treatment on Hygienic Principles . . .

New York: R. T. Trall & Co., Publishers, (1862). First edition? 8vo, original blind-stamped purple cloth, gilt lettering, 276, [12] pages. Illus. Spine sunned and faded to tan, board edges a little discolored; some light bumping and spotting; a very good copy. Item #18186

Also published with the Fowler & Wells imprint and a publication date of 1862, that edition perhaps with priority. Per the Atwater catalog, perhaps Trall’s least successful publishing venture, going through only this edition and the Fowler & Wells edition (Trall’s Hydropathic Cook-Book was reissued at least ten times between 1853 and 1880); the work argues from Trall’s hydropathic principles that diphtheria springs from impure blood tainted by indigestible food. (The recommended treatment here involves internal and external application of water, special diets, rest and sunshine, etc.) The 12 pages of ads in this edition advertise Trall’s recently-acquired Hygeian Home in Bucks Co., Penna., hygienic food (Graham flour, cracked wheat), bread pans, exercise equipment, rubber syringes, etc. This copy with an attractive contemporary printed bookplate on blue paper mounted to the front pastedown for Julius Cone, Yellow Springs, Greene County, Ohio. (Local history suggests Cone would have been a likely fellow-traveler of a reformer Trall—among other matters of local renown, Cone built an octagon house on O. S. Fowler’s principles in Yellow Springs in 1854; Cone died from wounds received in the Civil War in 1865.) Atwater 3563.

Price: $125.00