PEARSON, George.

[1] Directions for impregnating the Buxton-water, with its own and other gases; and for composing artificial Buxton-water. London: printed for the Author. 1785. [Bound with:] [2] Observations on the effects of Variolous Infection on Pregnant Women. From the Medical Commentaries, volume XIX. Page 213. [Bound with:] [3] An Examination of the Report of the Committee of the House of Commons on the claims of remuneration for the Vaccine Pock Inoculation: containing a statement of the principal historical facts of the vaccina.

London: Printed for J. Johnson… .1802

3 works in 1 volume, 8vo. [1]: pp. (ii), 16 [i.e. 19], (1), engraved frontispiece. Frontispiece offset onto title-page. [2]: pp. 48, 82–86 (Appendix), 2 (blank). Half-title and last page of text a bit dust-soiled. [3]: 2 leaves, pp. 188, (8), stipple-engraved frontispiece printed in two colours. Some foxing. Three works bound together in contemporary half calf, upper joint cracked at foot but holding. The first work is a presentation copy, inscribed “Mr. Bower, with respect from the Author” (slightly cropped); and with the armorial bookplate of Henry Bower F.S.A. Henry Bower, of 38 Great Marlborough Street, was the guardian of the bookbinder Francis Bedford (1799–1883).

[1]. FIRST EDITION. Pearson’s second book on the analysis of Buxton water. See Partington III, pp. 694–695. Waring, Bibliotheca therapeutica, p. 786.[2]. OFFPRINT, with the Appendix, which appears to be inserted here from another work.[3]. FIRST EDITION. “In December 1799, he opened, without informing Jenner of his intention, an institute for vaccination, which he was to head, at 5 Golden Square. Though Pearson shortly afterwards invited Jenner, in a rather offhand manner, to be a corresponding physician, the latter resolutely refused the offer. The ensuing quarrel culminated in 1802 with Pearson’s intense opposition to Jenner’s successful petition for government compensation for loss of earnings resulting from his preoccupation with promoting vaccination. At the hearing Pearson attempted in several ways to belittle Jenner’s achievement” (ODNB). See LeFanu, p. 77.


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