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

New York: Fowler and Wells, Publishers, 1862. First edition? 8vo, original blind-stamped black cloth, gilt lettering, 276, [2], [4] pages. Frayed at the head and foot of the spine; corners rubbed; small portion of the upper edge of the front free endpaper neatly excised; a good, sound copy. Item #18624

Also published with the R. T. Trall & Co. imprint bearing the copyright date of 1862, this Fowler & Wells edition perhaps with priority. Per the Atwater catalog, perhaps Trall’s least successful publishing venture, going through only this edition and the Trall & Co. edition. (By comparison, 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, plus special diets, rest and sunshine, etc.) The first lead of terminal ads in this edition advertise Trall’s publications and his Hygeio-Therapeutic College in New York; the final two leaves of ads tout Fowler & Wells publications. Atwater 3562. Small ink droplet on the title leaf.

Price: $100.00