Philadelphia: C. Sherman & Co., Printers, 1840. First edition. Original printed green wrappers, 9 x 5.5 inches, 23,  pages, stitched as issued. Wrappers a little chipped and soiled; a very good copy. Item #19141
The detailed outlines of twelve lectures on physiology, meant to popularize scientific knowledge; Coates includes such topics as “Preposterous doctrines of the Thomsonians” and “Phrenological distinction of the sexes” (as well as “Follies of the opponents of phrenology”) to complement explanations of the internal organs, cellular organization, etc. Coates (1802-1886) was something of a medical man of letters; he had studied with Rush and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania; he also voyaged to India as a ship’s surgeon (and undertook an entomological tour) and was a professor at Allegheny College. Atwater 683. Two substantial numbers (self-marks?) stenciled in ink to the front wrapper.