Philadelphia: Published [by Henry Porter] at No. 108 Chesnut Street [vol. 1; vol. 2:] Literary Rooms, No. 121 Chesnut Street, Office of the Journal of Health, Family Library of Health, &c. 1830-1832. First edition. 3 vols, 8vo (8.68 x 5.38 inches), vols. 1-2 in contemporary full calf with gilt lettering to the spine, vol. 3 in half calf with marbled boards and a red leather spine label, [i-ii], -176, 1-4, -256, -384, -374; [i-ii], -392, 257-272, -386; 3-210 pages. Small tear to the lower corner of one leaf, with loss of a few letters. Some occasional light staining in the first volume, some general light wear and rubbing; a very good set. Item #20321
The complete first two volumes, along with a partial run (nos. 1-13) of volume 3 (of four volumes total, through 1833) of an entertaining popular bimonthly medical journal, with much on hygiene reform, diet, dress reform, calisthenics for girls, stove design and ventilation, bathing, the development of asbestos suits for firefighters (with illustrations of same), etc. This file begins with vol. 1, issue 1 (9 September 1829) and runs through vol. 3, no. 13 (14 March 1832), each volume here with the early bookplate of Oxford, Chenango County, N.Y. physician Reuben Bancroft (d. 1847), evidently assembled from issues sent in exchange to the Chenango Republican newspaper, whose name appears in autograph at the head of the first page of a number of issues. This set has issue vol. 1, no. 17 bound into the second volume; the partial third volume lacks the general title page. The first volume includes a 4-page undated [ca. 1830] promotional brochure for the journal bound in. Atwater 2053: "The Journal is notable as the earliest serial publication in the United States that catered to the public's growing concern with personal health, domestic sanitation, temperance, etc. It is also an example of an emerging phenomenon in American publishing of the 1830s: the mass-circulation periodical." (The Atwater catalog quotes further work by Thomas Horrocks, who attributes the identities of Bell and Condies as the primary motive forces behind "an Assocation of Physicians," the journal's role in the growing temperance movement, and "the brief, cash-strapped publishing career of Henry H. Porter.").