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FREIND, John.


The History of Physick; from the time of Galen, to the beginning of the sixteenth century. Chiefly with regard to practice. In a discourse written to Dr. Mead. The third edition [–The second edition corrected]. London: Printed for J. Walthoe… 1726 [–1727]. 1726 - 1727.

Price £ GBP 550.00

2 volumes, 8vo, pp. (iv), 312; 2 leaves, pp. 415, 72. Including the initial advertisement leaf in vol. 2. Titles within double ruled border. Endpapers and first 2 leaves of vol. 1 browned (as in other copies seen), otherwise a clean and fresh set. Contemporary calf, sides with double gilt fillet, spines ruled in gilt and with red morocco labels. Top of spine of vol. 2 chipped and upper joint cracked but perfectly firm.

Third edition of volume 1, second edition of volume 2. The first history of medicine by an Englishman, and still a classic book. It is the best English book on the period of which it treats. Volume 1 covers Greek writers, and volume 2 Arab, mediaeval and Renaissance medicine. Sets of first editions are uncommon, mixed editions being more usual. Freind wrote the book while incarcerated in the Tower of London, from where he was freed by the intervention of Richard Mead. See G&M 6378. The pagination is the same as for the first edition, but the text of volume 1 is corrected.

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