Exeter: Printed by J. C. Gerrish, 1838. First edition. 12mo, contemporary calf, label not present, 214 pages. Rear joint cracked but holding; heavy foxing to the last half of the volume, with some scattered light staining; spine and edges somewhat rubbed and cracked; a good, sound copy. Item #19328
“What can be more deeply interesting, than investigating and acquiring the knowledge of preserving this admirable machine? And what more pleasant and useful than to investigate the medical plants of our extensive country, whereby we may remedy those painful maladies which assail the human frame? Were half the attention and time which are now devoted to the minor politics arising out of party dissensions, assisted by very little of that over-boiling zeal given to the acquisition of property, appropriated to medical studies, it would enable any person, of tolerable capacity, to practice with safety and advantage in those cases of simple disease, which are common in our climate.” A medical book suited for Jacksonian America, including an American herbal materia medica; Priest also advocates the vapor bath. With a nice contemporary ink gift inscription from a wife to a husband on the verso of the title page. Atwater 2880; American Imprints 52436; not found in Cordasco.