New York: Published by Hurd and Houghton, 1875. First edition. 8vo, original decorated terra-cotta cloth, gilt lettering, 316 pages. Edges a bit rubbed and frayed, cloth a trifle soiled; some light shaking; a very good copy. Item #18866
“586. Many persons have brought on serious sickness, by holding on to the knob of the front door while standing in a draft, and speaking ‘last words’ to friends and visitors.” 1408 health maxims from the Kentucky-born doctor and author of popular works on hygiene and health, this collection intended that those “who would not spend the time to hear a lecture or read a book may be enticed to peruse a paragraph now and then in reference to the care of the body,” and meant as something of an antidote to the hurry of modern life, “to be taken up and laid down at a moment’s notice, on steamship, tramway, packet, or rail car. . . .” Atwater 1517. A few early pencil ownership signatures.